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El the Sensai and Tame One
Background information
Origin Newark, NJ, USA
Genres Hip hop
Labels Big Beat Records
Atlantic Records
El Da Sensei
Tame One

Artifacts are a now-defunct hip hop duo consisting of El Da Sensei and Tame One. They hail from Newark, New Jersey and made underground music that paid homage to the four elements of hip hop. The Artifacts' most popular single "Wrong Side of Da Tracks" paid special homage to graffiti art, as they were graffiti artists themselves.



They released their first album, Between a Rock and a Hard Place on October 27, 1994. Well received by underground hip hop audiences, it featured intelligent lyrics, as well as b-boy and graffiti themes. The album's hard-hitting, funky beats were produced by Buckwild (from the DITC crew) and T-Ray (from the Soul Assassins crew). The Artifacts' second album, That's Them was released on April 15, 1997. It featured similar material, but it did not receive as much recognition as their debut effort. The Artifacts split soon after the release of this second album.

Tame One and El Da Sensei have both continued to release music as solo artists. In 2003, Tame One joined the Weathermen, an underground rap group including Cage Kennylz, Camu Tao, Aesop Rock, and El-P. Soon after joining the Weathermen, Tame One and Cage released the album Waterworld under the name Leak Bros. True to their name, the duo held the theme of PCP consumption central to their work. In 2009, Tame ONe collaborated with another member of the Definitive Jux label, releasing the album Parallel Uni-Verses with Del the Funky Homosapien. El Da Sensei has released a number of solo albums and collaborated with the Polish rap group The Returners in 2008, as well as East Coast-based group, The Immortals Project in 2009.


In August 2008 at the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary Weekend in Newark, New Jersey, Artifacts briefly reunited during a performance by El Da Sensei. According to Tame One the duo have not reconciled their differences but when he heard the horn riff which introduces "Wrong Side of Da Tracks", he felt like performing it.[1] The impromptu reunion has not led to any official reunion.


Album information
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Released: October 27, 1994
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #137
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #17
  • Singles: "Wrong Side of the Tracks", "C'mon Wit Da Git Down"
That's Them
  • Released: April 15, 1997
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #134
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #25
  • Singles: "Return to da Wrongside", "The Ultimate", "Collaboration of Mics"


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