Krizz Kaliko

It's not every day a musical genius is born. On July 14, 2009, KRIZZ KALIKO will release his second solo CD, GENIUS,. Along for KRIZZ KALIKO's aurally eclectic rollercoaster ride are E-40, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob and, Strange's flagship artist, Tech N9ne. Powered by a fusion of funk, rap, rock, R&B and opera – a self-made style KRIZZ KALIKO calls "Funkra" – GENIUS covers the entire spectrum of genres, from the slow and seductive "Get Off" with Tech N9ne and the rock-flavored "The Chemical" to the street anthem "Back Pack" and the album's crossover single, "Misunderstood."

Traditionally, “mayday” is an attention grabbing distress signal, so, it’s no wonder that the Miami-based hip-hop group ¡MAYDAY! is generating a sound way too strong for anyone to tune out.

Starting out as a 2-man project ¡MAYDAY! has since evolved into a full-fledged 6-man band with a buzz so loud that it came to the attention of hip-hop mogul Lil’ Wayne who had to stop and take notice. He invited the band, which consists of MCs Bernz and Wrekonize, producer/guitarist Plex Luthor, bassist/keyboardist Gianni Ca$h, drummer L.T. Hopkins and percussionist NonMS, to be his on-screen band in 3 of his videos (“Get A Life,” “Da Da Da,” and “On Fire”), had them perform at his 2010 Super Bowl party, and then gave them the ultimate high-five by wearing a ¡MAYDAY! t-shirt in his “Get A Life” video and proclaiming himself the next member of the band. It doesn’t stop with Lil Wayne – as the #1 indie rapper alive, Tech N9ne quickly signed the band to his Strange Music label. So far, the relationship has proved fruitful. The band completed two US Strange Music tours, including the record breaking 90 shows in 99 days Hostile Takeover tour with Tech and Machine Gun Kelly; produced the entire Tech N9ne Klusterfuk EP which hit #1 on the indie Billboard charts; released their Billboard top 100 charting Strange debut album, Take Me To Your Leader, and most recently, released their new EP, Thirft Store Halos, which quickly hit #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts on the first day of release. Numerous platinum and buzz-worthy artists and producers such as Cee-Lo, David Banner, Black Thought (The Roots), SpaceGhostPurrp, NORE, Jim Jonsin (TI, Lil’ Wayne, Kid Cudi), Ace Hood and more have stepped up to work with the ¡MAYDAY! crew.

¡MAYDAY!‘s distinctive fusion of urban and alt.rock is pushing the boundaries of music as they flex their muscles in areas of funk that hip-hop has yet to explore. Their attention to detail (they write, arrange, mix and produce all the music themselves) and explosive live show is impossible to ignore. Miami Magazine said of their performance: “¡MAYDAY!‘s musical mash-up fuels both its frenzied live shows and a new album that oozes Miami cool.” ¡MAYDAY!‘s signature style has already caught the ear of media outlets like MTV, XXL, RapRadar, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz and more, and as DJ Khaled proclaimed: “¡MAYDAY! is headed to the top floor.”

After premiering the video for their Cee-Lo assisted single “Groundhog Day” on Youtube, the clip achieved a record-breaking 2 million plus views in less than two days and garnered attention from The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, NBC 6 Evening News and Inside Edition. Later that year “Groundhog Day” was featured on HBO’s Entourage. Other songs including “Watching Me” from ¡MAYDAY!’s debut album, have been used in video games (NBA Street Homecourt 2007) and television, including Stuck on an Island’s “On 2 Somth’n” which was featured in ABC Family’s popular show Lincoln Heights.

¡MAYDAY! has long been a force in the Miami underground scene. Live ¡MAYDAY! puts on an impressive show with a exhilarating party vibe. The Miami Herald said ¡MAYDAY! “…captures the electric excitement of a city on the verge of a breakthrough” and the Miami New Times called them “…one of Miami’s hardest-hitting bands.” After the release of their self-titled debut album, URB Magazine placed ¡MAYDAY! In their next 20 Artists to Watch and MTV chose them as one of the Freshmen Five giving them opportunities to travel the US performing to packed houses with a spectrum of artists ranging from Daft Punk to Big Boi to Method Man and Goodie Mob.

¡MAYDAY! is a band that fits right in, but their sound is different. It’s live, hard-hitting, future brand of music posted up somewhere between rock and a hard place, strangely familiar, yet brand new.

Stevie Stone

Stevie Stone’s life has changed dramatically in the last two years. During this time, the Columbia, Missouri native has gone from an independent artist with a regional buzz to a national artist who has completed four major tours and performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans.
So for 2 Birds 1 Stone, his second Strange Music album, Stevie Stone wanted to incorporate how the progression of his professional career has altered the course of his life, both personally and professionally. “I was taking the elements of my life,” he says. “In the business aspect, I’m always on the road. Then there’s the personal, with my family, my kids. There’s all these things I have to accomplish and get done and those are the two biggest birds and there’s one me. I wanted to play off my name and make it real with my dealing with different things, my music and being on the road and being back home. It’s just two elements of my life and it’s one me.”
The hyperactive title track, the confrontational “Get Out My Face” and turnt up “The Reason” all showcase Stevie Stone delivering the type of anthemic songs that have earned him legions of fans around the country. On these tracks, he’s able to translate the boundless energy of his performances to his music.
“Come to a show and see what I’m talking about,” Stevie Stone says. “It’s the energy, the passion. When you give it to the people, they give it right back. So, it’s a volleyball match of energy. It’s an incredible feeling. When we’re on stage, everybody on the label comes with a certain conviction that you can’t deny.”
That kind of confidence led to “Grave Digger,” one of the most menacing 2 Birds 1 Stone selections. Recorded during a trip to Atlanta, Stevie Stone was inspired by the eerie beat to document the forceful nature of his music. “On that record, I felt like nobody was messing with me, that I’m not a rapper,” he says. “I’m a grave digger. I be murdering tracks, burying it. It’s really just a metaphor about how I feel I am in this game.”
For all of the bravado displayed on certain 2 Birds 1 Stone songs, Stevie Stone also delves deep into the motivation that drives him on his new album. On the inspirational “Relentless,” for instance, he raps about struggle and overcoming it. The hard-hitting song was inspired by a trip Stevie Stone took to his native Columbia, Missouri for the first time in several months.
“I hadn’t seen any of my homies in a long time because we had been on the road,” he says. “I went back and I just hollered at all the fam, all the homies that I grew up with. ‘Relentless’ is really a record for them. It’s personal and they know these things that I’m talking about. They went through similar things. My message is that, ‘It doesn’t matter what your grind is. Just get it.’ I’ve got homies that are lawyers, homies that are still in the hood. I’m just telling them to stay relentless. It’s up to us to accomplish what we want to accomplish in life.”
Stevie Stone shows some of his own progress on his new album by collaborating with Kutt Kalhoun and Brotha Lynch Hung, a rapper he’s long admired, for the first time on “Hush.” He also delivers a smoky ode to marijuana over a bluesy beat on “Indigo” and sings outright on “Boomerang.” The latter also features Krizz Kaliko and finds the duo detailing the ups-and-downs of a relationship marked by tumult.
The biggest artistic statement on 2 Birds 1 Stone, though, may be “Boo Thing.” Joined by Darrien, this R&B-flavored cut features Stevie Stone exploring a new sonic direction and rapping about relationships from a deep, emotional level. He says the song and its direction was borne from its beat. “I’m very comfortable in letting music guide me,” Stevie Stone says. “That’s an element that I’ve never done before. It shows growth compared to what I’ve been doing on my previous album and my EPs. It’s got a different sound and swing, but I still made it me.”
There’s a reason Stevie Stone feels so comfortable expanding and experimenting with new and varied musical styles. As a child, his mother filled their home with gospel, blues and the work of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. At the age of five, Stevie Stone was already mesmerized by music.
Even an opportunity to play basketball at a junior college couldn’t compete with the desire Stevie Stone had to make music. So when he had a chance to perform for the first time, Stevie Stone ditched his hoop dreams and dedicated himself to making music.
After a recording with Ruthless Records, the imprint of the late Eazy-E, whose roster has also included N.W.A, Bone thugs-n-harmony and others, fizzled, Stevie Stone reconnected with longtime affiliates Strange Music. His first release for Tech N9ne’s label, 2012’s Rollin’ Stone, featuring the bass-heavy single “808 Bendin’” with Tech N9ne and “Dollar General” with Yelawolf. The latter was inspired by the 2007 film Street Thief and features Stevie Stone rapping about robbing a series of businesses.
In real life, however, Stevie Stone started touring the country, hitting the road with Strange Music on four major tours, including the recent “Summer Of Strange Tour 2013” with labelmates Krizz Kaliko and ¡Mayday! In addition to his hefty musical output and extensive tour schedule, Stevie Stone modified his diet while on the road in order to deliver better shows to his fans and to live a healthier life.
“This is my second go-round, my sophomore LP with Strange Music,” Stevie Stone says. “It’s my second wind. I’m more seasoned, more knowledgeable. I’ve done a lot of shows with them, even before I was signed. I’ve done four tours with them. I’ve got structure and am a lot more organized. I know the elements to put into a show. Strange Music prides itself in giving people a good show. All those elements are always what I’ve believed in and what they practice and preach, so it fits like a glove.”
No wonder 2 Birds 1 Stone sounds so powerful.

Cool Nutz

Who ever said it was gonna be easy? This is the slogan that Terrance Scott pka Cool Nutz has lived by.

After co-founding Jus Family Records in 1992 with longtime friend and business partner Bosco Kante, Cool Nutz embarked on the long and sometimes bumpy road of the hip-hop music business.

With 4 releases and over 60,000 units sold to date independently, Cool Nutz has been a testament of longevity in the ever changing independent music industry.

With classic releases Harsh Game For The People, Speakin Upon A Million, Verbal Porn, and the newly released Collabos, Cool Nutz has proven that he deserves to stand in the upper echelon of hip-hop artists.

Having inked deals with Atlantic Records and Universal Records, Cool Nutz has seen both sides of the music business, and has stood as a survivor of the trials and tribulations of the record industry.

Cool Nutz has performed alongside such industry heavyweights as Ludacris, Ja Rule, E-40, Blackalicious, GZA, Run DMC, Clipse, Ice Cube, Cappadonna, Living Legends, Aceyalone, and more.

Cool Nutz has been featured on tracks with BG, Kurupt, Sticky Fingaz, Ras Kass, WC, Baby Bash, Lifesavas, Mac Dre, N2Deep, and many more.

He is the epitome of creativity and professionalism. He has been recognized by The Source, XXL, Murderdog, Showcase, and many more national and local publications.

With all of this accomplished, the future is even brighter for Cool Nutz with the upcoming release of E-40 Presents: Cool Nutz I Hate Cool Nutz. Look for Cool Nutz to nationally esatblish himself as the Voice Of Northeast Portland.

Make sure that you check out: www.JusFamilyRecords.com and look up these other titles at CDBaby.com:

Cool Nutz-Harsh Game For The People Cool Nutz-Verbal Porn Cool Nutz-Speakin Upon A Million G-Ism feat. Cool Nutz-On A Mission Maniac Lok-I'm Back

Cool Nutz has played an important role in the growth of NW hip-hop. This is the newest release from Jus Family Records. Cool Nutz has been featured alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop including BG, E-40, Sticky Fingaz, Kurupt, and many more.

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