Standing on the Corner About

Formed in 2014, Standing on the Corner is a New York art collective based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and led by Gio Escobar (aka Gio Demarcus, Shamel Cee Mystery), who serves as its primary vocalist and songwriter.

The name Standing on the Corner is likely a reference to “the corner,” which is seen as a hub of black and brown expression and culture.

The corner was our magic, our music, our politics
Fires raised as tribal dances and war cries
Broke out on different corners
Power to the people
Black power
Black is beautiful

The corner was our Rock of Gibraltar, our Stonehenge
Our Taj Mahal, our monument
Our testimonial to freedom, to peace, and to love
Down on the corner
– The Last Poets from “The Corner”

Standing on the Corner’s music is very eclectic and experimental, incorporating Jazz, Hip-Hop, Indie, Soul and Hypnogogic Pop. This melding of genres has lead to the band being labeled “Post-genre.” The group is also very active in the underground Hip-Hop scene, collaborating with artists such as MIKE, Medhane, and Earl Sweatshirt.

Beside Gio Escobar, the collective also includes Jack Nolan, Lila Ramani, Nate Cox, Oluwaseun Odubiro, Syl Dubenion, Savannah Harris, Tomin Perea Chamblee, and Buz. Former members were Caleb Giles and Slauson Malone.

Standing on the Corner Albums