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Blue Nose Music @ The Battle of the Bands, Nov 23rd 2014

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Fahrenheit Records NW Rap group; Blue Nose Music is performing at the 2014 Battle Of The Bands, November 23rd @ Studio Seven in Seattle Wa (110 S Horton St) This is an early, all-ages event – bar w/ valid ID.

Doors open @ 4pm, and each group will perform a 30 minute set before a panel of judges. The top 3 will go on to perform at the next event in January.

Advance tickets are available from the artists, $8 a piece – saving you $2 off the door price and supporting the performer you purchase from.

[About Blue Nose Music]

Blue Nose Music has been gaining notoriety in the Seattle/ Tacoma area for the last few years as an independent no-nonsense Westcoast Rap label, releasing albums and throwing events without gimmicks or the typical showboating of today’s Rap scene.

Albums such as Welcome To The Doghouse, Puppy Love, Ego Centric, Experience 5ive 3re, and Release The Hounds have stuck to the script reminiscent of  Westcoast Rap of the 1990’s. With lo-fi beats, simple hard-hitting choruses and a party-life attitude; BNM has grown in popularity among the 20-40 year old demographic of the Puget Sound area.

Events they’ve thrown entitled The Microphone Massacre Bash, The Pisces Party, The End Of The World, Bad Karma Nights cemented their place in the world of Northwest Nightlife.  At venues such as The Stonegate and The Harmon Underground (Tacoma), Karma Lounge and The Liberty Theatre (Puyallup) and 88 Keys (Pioneer Square, Seattle) BNM has hosted countless up and coming Northwest Hip Hop artists and provided an opportunity to connect them to the eager fans in search of fresh Hip Hop and an evening of entertainment.
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For tickets e-mail: BlueNoseMusicEnt@gmail.com

Check out Blue Nose Music online on Spotify, AmazonMp3, iTunes, Bandcamp, reverbnation, YouTube and the rest.

http://www.reverbnation.com/BlueNoseMusic

http://www.YouTube.com/BlueNoseTV

– Greg Double, Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit Records

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Carrying the West Coast torch: BNM’s 5ive 3re is bringing the Talkbox back

Long before Autotune, the Talkbox reigned as the King of the West Coast

Many of todays Hip Hop/ Rap fans may have never heard of the group Zapp – or their front man Roger Troutman – but they are arguably one of the most influential groups in the history of West Coast Rap/ Hip Hop – and Popular Music in general. A few of their more well known hits include “Computer Love”, ” I Wanna Be Your Man” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”.

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The group Zapp, with front man Roger Troutman (front and center)

I doubt there are many of you who haven’t heard the song California Love by 2pac and Dr Dre. You have all heard Roger Troutman play the Talkbox. What you may not be aware of is the fact that Zapp & Roger originally created that song, releasing it on the album Zapp IV back in 1985.

There have been very few producers/ artists throughout the years to use the talkbox at all, even fewer have used it to the extent or on the level that Roger did. Troutman (who was rumored to have been mentored on the Talkbox by the great Stevie Wonder) used it in a way that was unforgettable, and has been sampled and resampled throughout the years by West Coast Rap artists.

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A talkbox autographed by Rock n Roll legend Peter Frampton

The Talkbox is basically a small speaker box that you plug an instrument into, that has a plastic tube sticking out of it – and very few have been able to master it. When an artist is able to really put the talkbox to work, the effects are almost always magical. A few other examples of artists to use the Talkbox; Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, DJ Fingaz, Bozko, and Rogers own son – Roger Troutman Jr.

[Video: 2pacs remake of “California Love” ft Roger Troutman]

Fahrenheit/ Blue Nose Music Rapper 5ive 3re is a young artist emerging from the Seattle-Tacoma Wa Underground Rap scene, who works his hardest to bring the Talkbox back to life and to the ears of today’s Hip Hop/ Rap listeners.

While the majority of artists and listeners his age were following the latest and “greatest” trends of thier time (the late 90’s and early 2000’s) 5ive 3re spent his time studying the music of the 70’s/80’s and early 90’s. He went on long stretches of time when all he listened to was Zapp & Roger; wishing that he could get his hands on a talkbox. These days he spends hours on end playing the keyboard, whether its the MicroKorg, a Yamaha, or simply his laptop keyboard running a musical interface. He says he wants to make an entire album using only the Talkbox, though that may just be his ambition and passion for the box encouraging him into hyperbole.

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Fahrenheit/ Blue Nose artist 5ive 3re playing the Talkbox

5ive 3re (pronounced Five Tre) – writes his own music and records/ talkboxes under the umbrella of Fahrenheit Records, based out of Northern California – through the small Seattle-based Rap label Blue Nose Music.

Currently, you can find 3res first album “Experience 5ive 3re” on all major online retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc) While he prepares to release a duo-project with fellow Fahrenheit/ Blue Nose emcee Greg Double entitled “2 Rap Katz”, and continues recording his 2nd album ” Hungry With No Appetite “

So to the West Coast Rap fan out there, rest assured the instrument that helped shape the sound – and the culture of the West; is living and well.. And it lives in the Northwest.

[LISTEN: Greg Double & 5ive 3re ft PoeticCc Tha Prophet “Therefore I Am” – with 3re on the Talkbox]

– Greg Double, Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit Records

Macklemore Aint Seattle Hip-Hop, We Are: Blue Nose Goes Nationwide With Fahrenheit Records

The “XXL Freshman List” repeatedly represents a phony reflection of the REAL Underground Rap scene

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Me & my team have been performing at & attending shows around the Northwest from Everett, Washington to Eugene, Oregon for more than the past 10 years – and I’ve yet to see Macklemore make an appearance in the streets.

If you’ve ever seen a “NW Hip Hop Artist” appear in a popular magazine, announcing they’ve been making noise and “coming-up” and had to scratch your damn head, and ask someone “Who the hell is this? ” I’m right there with you.  It seems to follow right along with the phony image-selling trend of popular music – which has infiltrated the deepest corners of the once sacred genre of Hip Hop.

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Blue Nose Music has been throwing events & releasing albums for the people of the NW for years –  and here comes a NW artist receiving national acclaim – yet i don’t know one person who was bumping a Macklemore record prior to his album The Heist hitting the iTunes charts. 

Hungry artists in the Northwest have been struggling for elbow-room and fighting for the attention that will take their music to the next level, only growing more frustrated and starving as the years pass. When the “Rap Industry” recognizes an artist the majority of people have never heard of. Just another shining example of the Northwest being mis-represented among the Hip-Hop/ Rap Community nationwide.

Blue Nose artist Thunderchief, has recieved attention for winning freestyle battles from Wazzu to Tacoma Community College.  Travelling back and forth from NorCal to Tacoma for the cause – He flew The DE out  to the NW for 2 shows (Halloween Horror Nights) in October of 2013 to perform with BNM, Awall aka 2piece Beanz & Rize and NW  Veteran Shao Sosa.

BNM has been supporting the NW Rap scene for years, bringing artists together; throwing concerts to connect Hip Hop fans to hungry underground artists in the Tacoma/ Seattle/ Puyallup area. Blue Nose Music has been a real supporter of the Northwest Underground on a grass-roots level.

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Blue Nose Music has been gaining notoriety in the Seattle/ Tacoma area for the last few years as an independent no-nonsense Westcoast Rap label, releasing albums and throwing events without gimmicks or the typical showboating of today’s Rap scene.

Albums such as Welcome To The Doghouse, Puppy Love, Ego Centric, Experience 5ive 3re, and Release The Hounds have stuck to the script reminiscent of  Westcoast Rap of the 1990’s. With lo-fi beats, simple hard-hitting choruses and a party-life attitude; BNM has grown in popularity among the 20-40 year old demographic of the Puget Sound area.

In 2014 the Blue Nose crew got their wish, going nationwide under the umbrella of Veteran Sacramento artist First Degree The D.E.’s label; Fahrenheit Records – with the help of City Hall distribution.

 In hopes of bringing REAL RAP and putting control back into the hands of the PEOPLE of the Northwest and the Westcoast as a whole, Blue Nose & Fahrenheit Records are here to make a statement with the FAHRENHEIT MOVEMENT!

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– Greg Double, Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit Insight

 

Hip Hop & Unity: Umoja Fest 2014 – Seattle Wa

I’m told Umoja Fest has been a reoccurring event for 30+ years in Seattle’s Central District, but somehow I hadn’t heard about it until this year.

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Umoja = Unity, and this is exactly what this festival is about. Located in the heart of the CD along 23rd ave (Between Jackson & Judson) in Seattle, this weekend saw the ave lined with people sitting in lawn chairs and on blankets awaiting the annual Parade. You saw parents strapping elbow pads on their 7 year olds,  and filming as their kids whizzed around the skatepark at Judkins Park. You saw hundreds of people filing in to watch young men playing hoop on the tandem bball courts. With multiple music stages and food trucks, people wandered through the festival with their families and absorbed their surroundings. I noticed a few people sitting around the outskirts of the park, just enjoying the sun, people watching, and the rare opportunity to relax and do nothing for a while.

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The main reason I was attending the festival, is a few of my good friends had been invited to perform on Umoja Fest’s’ Hip Hop stage, so I went out to show support (and seize the opportunity to hand out flyers, and shoot some music video footage as well.)

When I arrived I found the Hip Hop stage, which had been setup in a fenced area that looked like it would have been used as tennis courts if not otherwise occupied; located just past the hoop courts. Fresh looking graffiti on the wall on my left read “Free Palestine” along with some famous quotes from the likes of Albert Einstein and an ex President regarding War, Peace and civilian casualties.

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Welcomed by the host; Veteran Hip Hop Poet/ Writer Josh Rizeberg of Tacoma, we gathered in front of the stage to hear the opening act (and i apologize at the moment I can only recall his name was Gregory) speak about Peace and Freedom, freeing Palestine, ending corrupt wars and occupations, and Power to the People.. Only briefly summarizing his complex political messages.

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Veteran Hip Hop Artist/ Poet and MC of the Hip Hop performances @ Umoja Fest 2014 – Josh Rizeberg

The next act, Skrilla, is a well known Hip Hop artist/ promoter from Tacoma who brought with him his young twin sons for their first ever opportunity to watch their father perform. His strong rhymes and catchy choruses echoed the message of the Struggle, life’s ups & downs, and maintaining a positive outlook throughout life’s hardships. After he thanked the crowd and went to relax with his family under protection of the shade, Rizeberg took to the Mic to introduce the next act; Influential Minds.

Accompanied by a guest performer, a young lady who sounded amazing as she sang live (and did not hide behind pre recorded vocals), IM did their thing under the blazing sun and the shadow of the Blue Angel Jets flying over head; from the ever popular Seattle Seafair event which was taking place at nearby Lake Washington.

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Influential Minds and Thunderchief pose for a photo at Umoja Fest 2014, Seattle

Next up was my good friend and label mate, Thunderchief, accompanied by 5ive 3re; who joined in to perform their song “Up Late”. Thunderchief, who can at times be a bit “wild” or “unconventional”; Delivered a more mature and positive message for the festival goers. With slow, serious instrumentals and clearly spoken lyrics, he spoke to the soul of the people. He even performed a well executed song which (he openly admits to the crowd), was completely freestyled and recorded “in his mommas shed”. When his time was up, he told the crowd he loved them all, thanked them for their undivided attention – then descended the stage in search of water on this still muggy Saturday afternoon.

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Thunderchief and 5ive 3re performing at Umoja Fest 2014, Seattle

Veteran Tacoma Rapper, Awall aka 2piece was next to take the stage. Sporting a camo bucket hat that matched his shorts, a Squashington Music Tee, and Seahawk colored Ken Griffey’s, he proceeded to rock the crowd in his typical impressive fashion. Speaking about positivity in the face of hardships similar to the others before him, he danced and entertained the crowd while the chorus sang “I am fearless, and I’m coming’ for that #1 spot”. After a few songs he was joined by the host of the stage, and standing alongside Josh Rizeberg, performed the last song of his set; speaking about everything from old school hip hop and how it inspired them, to political corruption, while delivering the uplifting “Power To The People” message that Rizeberg is known to live by (as well as stand up and fight for.)

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Awall and Rizeberg performing at Umoja Fest 2014, Seattle

The last act I saw perform was a Seattle artist known as The Sav, who was enjoying the buzz from his newly released album, handfuls of CDs at his side.

Then we slowly made our way out of the Hip Hop stage area, stopping to hand out flyers and chat with people, watch the kids getting down in the Skatepark, and relax in the grass for a bit before we headed home to BBQ and enjoy the (rare) Northwest sunshine. As I was walking to the truck people were still pouring into the park, seemingly centered around the basketball tournament still underway.

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Overall it was an excellent event to be apart of, the entire area riding the good vibes of unity, neighbors bonding through similar interests and a sense of community. I left the festival with a positive feeling about our Northwest Hip Hop community, and our society in general. I will be a much more informed Umoja Festival attendee when i go next year.

Greg Double, Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit Records

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Anti War Graffiti at Judkins Park in the Central District, Seattle

 

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Tacoma Hip Hop Artist, Atomac showed up to support