Dallas-based hip-hop collective Sore Losers recently performed a cover of Stevie Wonder's GRAMMY-winning classic "Living For The City" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series. Linking GRAMMY history with the present, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song, an interview and performances of original music.
"Living For The City" earned Wonder a GRAMMY for Best Rhythm & Blues Song in 1974. The song is featured on Wonder's Album Of The Year GRAMMY-winning Innervisions. The album was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. Sore Losers also performed two original songs, "Madam M" and "Babylon."
Sore Losers' self-described experimental hip-hop sound draws on influences such as Gnarls Barkley, Lupe Fiasco, Foo Fighters, MGMT, Nas, and N.E.R.D. The collective is comprised of Vincent "Encyclopedia" Brown (MC/lyrics), Greg Clark Jr. (drums), Aaron Hardin (music director/keyboards), Kyle McPherson (guitar), Jordan Hughes (percussion), and Dre Pinckney (bass). In 2009 Sore Losers released a digital EP titled Free Loaders — The Soundtrack featuring songs such as "Dope," " 8587 (Birthday)" and "The Epic Outro."
In February Sore Losers released their debut studio recording, We Are Sore Losers, which they describe as "an observation of social structure using a sociological imagination." The project features 11 original songs entirely written, composed and arranged by the band, with themes focusing on issues impacting middle and lower class America. Sore Losers have performed throughout the country at events including the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest and the ESPY Awards.