Bassist Robert Harper along with AREA 301 is Maryland's own high energy hip hop fusion band that breaks the stereotypes associated with hip hop as we know it. Lyrics that discuss real life experiences and live musicians that bring years of experience to display finesse and accurate execution of multiple genres of music blended together to achieve something truly unique, Hip Hop Fusion! From the smooth and sultry melodies of Jazz & R&B to the deep rhymes of Hip Hop laced with vibes of Funk and topped with the edgy ‘in your face’ sounds of Rock all together bringing to the stage a vibe that projects their pride as Maryland’s own. Their up-tempo rhythm, funky dance tunes with hard core rhymes bring everyone out to the dance floor.
Playing all original music with songs that the crowd can relate to, like, “Can I Still Hit It”, “All For You”, “Gotta Have Your Love”, “Stressed” and the ever so popular, “Dear America” & "Im On Fire". ::301:: brings it front and center with a passion for showcasing their unbeatable talent and love for music while keeping it real and close to home. Together the dynamics of this group is insatiable and undoubtedly demands attention as their passionate energy brings excitement and overall good vibes with every performance.
AREA 301 has performed over 350+ shows since conception and was nominated for 3 awards in 2015 and won 2 of them. In 2016 Area 301 was nominated and honored with an award at the 2016 Maryland Music Awards. Later that year they were honored with an award at the DMV Underground Arts Awards show and won a 2nd award that year for best hip hop / rock band in the DMV. Area 301 was also nominated for best group for the 2nd year at the Titan Awards held at the historic Howard Theater in 2016. In 2017 this band received 2 nominations for best hip hop group at The Maryland Movie & Music awards and The Titan Arts Awards.
Area 301 released 3 music videos in 2018 and is set to drop another by years end, They are currently in the studio working on their sophomore album set for release in 2020.
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