Released: Feb 2005
Label: Brandon Ebel Company (BEC)
An noteworthy debut, Activate's lyric delivery and rhythms are rap-heavy but the musical platform is a casserole of hip-hop and alt rock a la hard hitters like Linkin Park, 50 Cent, Chili Peppers and, in smaller doses, Eminem. The list of influences is longer but the blend is flawless. Perhaps Mat Kearney and Benjiman will draw deserved attention to one another.