In the summer of 1995, three high school drunks decided to form a group called Ballistix. There was Felix, a.k.a. Mr. Klumbz, a Cali native and owner of the Timber Finger. There was Mayhem, a young immigrant fresh from the deodorant-free side of the globe. There was The Pessimist, who had recently moved to L.A. from Brooklyn, NY for the weed. Together they brought the strong, intelligent raps with a heavy dose of alcoholic headbutt. Around this time Chuck Chilla, a talented hippie from round the way, was drafted into the group along with a couple of other new members, and Ballistix began recording night and day at the VocabuLab, Chuck's castle hideaway in the mountains of Westwood. A few months later we also started recording with a beatmaker we shall only refer to as Drab. The setups were no-frills - faded four-tracks, Drum Crazy loops, bedroom recordings, sometimes even being forced to record the rhymes to an entire song featuring up to five MCs in one take (see "Fam"). A year and change later, Mayhem had changed his name to Crag ("too 'battle-MC'), Chuck Chilla had become ABCDEFG ("too... hippie") and Ballistix was now Gershwin Crew ("sounds too much like 'Blistex'"). Felix had bounced to Atlanta to go to college and hook up with the Vinyl Junkies, and Pessimist returned to Brooklyn. But we also finally had a bunch of songs that we actually kinda liked, so those songs became VocabuDrab Sessions 96-97. VD first emerged as a tape pressing on New Year's Day 1999, and in 2001 we remastered it to CD to observe the death of the audio cassette. Our old school fans swear by this record, and it's recommended for anyone who wants to hear what we sounded like before fame, power and money corrupted us.