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Since forming under the moniker Social Justice at the tail end of the late 80's L.A. hardcore explosion, Downset has been offering up a unique aggravated sonic alchemy of raw hardcore and hip hop with a directness that both reaffirms and reinvigorates. Way ahead of its time, their eponymous 1994 debut ushered in the rap-rock genre with confrontational socially conscious songs about injustice, gang violence, racism, rape and police brutality, all with an intense and unabashed positive message. Their brand of activisim-set-to-sound continued on 1996 follow-up Do We Speak a Dead Language?, one of the finest rap/metal fusion albums of the decade and arguably the band's high water mark. Featuring the blistering catalog classics "Empower," "Eyes Shut Tight" and "Keep On Breathing."