Scientific Universal Noncommercial (Santonio Hughbanks) is no stranger to the wide world of hip-hop. Rhyming from the early age of a 16, S.U.N.'s earliest incarnation as half of the group UBU gave hip-hop heads everywhere their first taste of the spiritual nature and consciousness in content that would come to define S.U.N.'s contribution and artistic integrity as an MC. UBU partnered S.U.N. and Brother Browne in a musical alliance that allowed them to pose lyrical musings on subjects of cultural and ethereal significance while establishing credibility as serious verbalists. Backing these abstract inspirations with unquestionably tight beats gave the duo two successful independent releases, "Deep Space" and "Radical Spiritual Progression." Even though UBU was enjoying local success and rave critical reviews, S.U.N.'s desire to put forth a solo album became a defining force in his career. 1997 finally offered S.U.N. the chance to do exactly that as he crafted his debut release, "Shining Underground."
With featured flows from Paradime, Invincible, Browne, Bizarre, and Mr. Sinns, Scientific Universal Noncommercial laid down eight full tracks with production by newcomer Tink Thomas. The guest spots not only beefed up his tracks with the verbal sparring, but also established the fact that he was unafraid of the neighboring schools of hip-hop. Especially in the case of Bizarre, who's misogynist and purposefully offensive rhymes would make any elevated soul cringe, S.U.N. lets his talent speak for itself. The contrast of their rhyming styles does manage to make a perfect playground for each to do their thing without detracting from or lessening either's credibility.
Shining Underground produced the single "T.H.U.G. (True Heart UnderGround)" and few other shining tracks that brought the Ypsilanti native some well-deserved respect. While S.U.N. was busy supporting his first solo effort, a foundation was being laid for his next studio joint, "School of Thought." If "Shining Underground" is an introduction of S.U.N. as a solo artist, then "School of Thought" is his manifesto as a hip-hop warrior. His 2000 release is a confident and daring collection of cerebral metaphors, powerhouse tracks, and ingenious MC collaborations. S.U.N.'s sophomore effort not only one-ups his own achievements but raises the bar on what true self-expression should sound like. ~ Emilie Litzell, Rovi