Kooley High (Heights EP Vinyl Release Show)

Kooley High

Kooley High is comprised of six former N.C. State University students, who met on the campus bricks by way of hip hop. What started out as a student-run hip hop organization, known as H2O, soon turned into a fresh factory of beats, rhymes, and life.

The North Carolina group is made up of three emcees, Charlie Smarts, Tab-One, and Rapsody, two producers, Foolery and The Sinopsis, and a deejay, DJ Ill Digitz.

"Kooley High combines traditional hip-hop and R&B with a modern freestyle that traverses effortlessly between not only genres, but also generations. The result is a three-dimensional concoction that envelops listeners in a sound that is as smooth as The Fugees and Common, as passionate as Mary J. Blige and as intelligent as Hieroglyphics." -URB Magazine

This eclectic group of emcees, producers, and deejay have exploded out of the Raleigh underground scene with their latest release, "The Summer Sessions EP". In which, they recruited Grammy Award-winning producer, 9th Wonder, for collaborations on tracks like "There You Go" and "Water".

No, music is in no way new to these "new-comers". Charlie Smarts and Tab-One make up half of another NC hip hop marvel, known as Inflowential. And, the lady of the group, Rapsody, is signed to 9th Wonder's label, "Its a Wonderful World".

Hip Hop has certainly received some new warriors in the battle with mainstream rap. Kooley High will follow their latest musical efforts, with their full length album entitled, "The High Life". So, please stay tuned because the Kooley effect has only just begun.

Born and bred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, MC and producer, ScienZe (aka Jamal Monsanto) released his first mixtape "The DOPEness, Vol. 1" in 2009. Drawing inspiration from the DIY aesthetic found in independent films and world music; while exploring themes of love and loss and the importance of having a thirst for knowledge, Scienze has long-recognized the importance of collaboration and an open mind, when making music. After releasing "Ode 2 Dilla" in 2010, a tribute to the beloved producter and his critically acclaimed "Hall Pass", Scienze has since garnered attention from popular online music blogs like 2dopeboyz, OkayPlayer, DJBooth.net, Fresh Daily and Pigeons and Planes. ScienZe has hit the stage with artists such as TiRoN & Ayomari, Homeboy Sandman, Recess, Fresh Daily, recorded with acclaimed producers Ski Beatz and Blu & Exile, and has most recently featured Def Jam Recordings artist, Asher Roth, on his 2011 release "When Skies Fall". "Iʼm all about organic music-making and natural vibes, where nothing is forced. I donʼt identify with one genre alone... I donʼt just make hip-hop, I make music."

Green Street

Green Street is a hip-hop/jazz group, consisting of emcees A-live and Soupa and producer Renaissance. Originally from Boston, MA and now residing in Brooklyn, NY, they are always trying to push the boundaries of hip-hop music. By using everything from samples to live instrumentation, Green Street brings back the sound from the Native Toungues-era while still keeping it fresh and relevant for today's audience.

J Scienide is a true student in the school of emceeing. This Washington DC transplant is ready to take his talents to the next phase by releasing his first EP "The Actual Heat" the first in a trilogy of EP's

Writing rhymes at an early age for himself and others. He realized he had a knack for witty wordplay and picking obscure sounds to sample and turn into beats. Winning numerous talent shows, battles, and freestyle competitions. The hungry emcee partnered up with fellow emcee/producer/friend to form the group The Lost n Found Dept. under his own label Brooklina Records. Producing and booking shows for the labels artist up and down the east coast.

News started to spread about the group and the unique style of the hardworking emcee who secured a distrubution deal for the label with New York based company Day by Day Ent. run by D.J. Fisher ( M.F. Doom manager) and M.F. Grimm the label also had a budding roster including projects by M.F. Doom and J-Zone

During the time at Day by Day Scienide put in work releasing a 12 inch feat fellow emcee Supastition called "3 Treacherous". Elemental and Urb magazines gave the record glowing reviews as did the European radio and record stores in Japan. Not one for taking a break Scienide jumped into working with the Atlanta group Prophetix on their debut album which feat such notables as MF Doom, Scienz of Life and Stahrr. This also lead to working with Prophetix deejay Jon Doe on his album which featured the talents of Dudley Perkins, MED, C Rayz Walz and MF Doom.

Today Scienide is a solo artist ready to add onto his art. Releasing several singles in the past year to test the waters in this thirsty hip hop climate things are looking bright and productive. A new 7 inch single with producer Kev Brown has just went to the record pressing plant to be released thru LowBudget Records/ Fat Beats and a slew of album features, new music and production slated for 2016. "Working independently being able to create what I want and to see it come into focus is a great feeling" Stay tuned the saga begins!

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