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Finally, someone made a Hip Hop album for Cat lovers. 2+🎤+🐈

The Seattle hip hop duo calling themselves “2 Rap Katz” are hereby inviting all feline enthusiasts to listen to their new album.. 2 Rap Katz Chapter One.

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By the time you’re in your 20s If you don’t find yourself in one of two lifestyle deciding categories; cat people or dog people; I’ll just assume you don’t enjoy any other amazing worldly things and probably don’t enjoy listening to music.. 😐 for those of you who do, we appreciate you.

Its public information that the city of Seattle, Wa is a sanctuary city for all varieties of wild and domestic cats. Yet today we find the Puget sound native, city dwelling hip hop duo (Fahrenheit Records artists Greg Double and 5ive 3re) setting out to popularize another kind of cat; Rap Katz.

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The two artists who connected thru social media sometime around 2010 or 2011, collaborating on self-recorded hip hop songs with what was then – little direction; have finally released their first OFFICIAL project. Their debut album “Chapter One” which is the product of countless hours of writing/ listening and recording and reflects their favorite songs of that era.. the first five years music.

Both 3re and Greg feel like by stressing the term Rap Kat they infer a deeper meaning and connection to west coast hip hop and it’s roots. By refuting the label of “Rapper” they seek to make known their stance; that everyone is a rapper/ and music has long since become lame saturated. “We understand that we’re venturing out of one overcrowded social construct (Rappers) and into a whole ‘nother classe system (the cat world).. but we’re ready to bridge that gap and we’re confident we can do it” -Greg Double

 

Their album Chapter One consists of mostly lo fi, westcoast style beats that you may be surprised to hear post-Y2K. It has an “instant classic” quality to it that becomes apparent almost instantly upon pressing play. With producers such as Sk8Beatz, Johnny ESPN, Tony Snow and Phenom57 the 10 tracks are laid out for the listener to sit back and relax to without hitting skip. Outside features on the album are few, bringing light to artists Thunderchief, Mae Dali, Cameron Couch, Payso and Subliminal Criminal. Artists which the 2 Rap Katz admit were considered very thoroughly, as not to disturb their groove.

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“(But) this is meant as no snub to dog lovers” bandmember Greg Double wants people to know; he himself a self proclaimed dog person. The proud parent of two beautiful mix-breed dogs, one may be curious as to why Blue Nose Music (pertaining to Pitbulls) headquarters doesn’t have a 4 legged family member after its namesake.  “I watched too many dogs get mistreated, and arrested/ given away or euthanized in a short time and turned me off to pit bulls in the city of Tacoma.. but that is where the Blue Nose name came from. I may get one in the future.. who knows”  is the reason according to Greg Double.””2 Rap Katz” is about the real rugged and raw, the ugly untold stories” 5ive 3re was quoted as saying when inquired to regarding the reasoning behind the phrase.

You can find 2 Rap Katz music on any major online retailer, for as of yet it is only available in digital format. iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Spotify and the rest, go check them out and stay tuned for a lot more.

Heres the link to listen/ buy it on Amazon 

FahRecord.com

BlueNoseRap.com

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NW on the map! Destiny City Hip Hop hits another level with 00G

Tacoma, WA native Greg Double releases “From Tacoma With Love” a throwback hip hop project, nationwide June 16th with First Degree The DE’s Fahrenheit Records.

4 years in the making, this album was originally entitled “00G: From Tacoma With Love” and had been slated for an independent street album, release was delayed after Blue Nose Music became an interest of Westcoast Rap Veteran First Degree The DE and Fahrenheit Records.

“Tac With Love” was broken back down into pieces, and completely re-mixed and mastered by the musical genius, now executive producer – Tacomas’ Cameron Couch. Next for the album artwork, originally designed by Goph of 19/85 Design, it had to be completely redone as to reflect the changes in label, contributing artists and to get “retail ready” shrink wrapped and barcoded. (Secondary graphic design credit goes to C Couch)

With beats ranging from jazzy to mobb – with an earie twist – “Tac With Love” is page right out of the book of Raps hay-days of the 90’s (producers include Sk8Beatz, 3HMB, Tony Snow, JohnnyESPN, Eripp, Phenom57 and Thurge) and boasts over an hour of funky beats to ride/ chill/ party to. 

Hot features in this! Guest starring (in order of appearance) are TaeBoi, 5ive 3re, TACtical, Lil Gr3y, Gamble, Tony Snow, Cameron Couch, Castroni, Awall aka 2piece, Thunderchief, and Goph – with scenes by OnOne & Shao Sosa – spread out over the 18 tracks.

[WATCH] the second music video from the album, Greg Double as 00G in “Mysterious” Dir by Sam Laseke/ C Couch 

In addition to physical distribution by City Hall Records, and a massive web presence thanks to The Orchard Digital, you can hear Greg Double’s music spinning worldwide via WindowsMedia, iTunes Radio and more thru Fahrenheit Radio.. That’s FahRadio.com for details

You can also find Greg Double and Blue Nose Music as well as more about Fahrenheit Records and First Degree The DE @ http://www.BlueNoseRap.com and http://www.FahRecords.com

((*Editors note) Upon official release June 16th on iTunes, the album title is only “From Tacoma With Love” due to the way computers would sort a product starting with “Zero Zero G:” so the official title on Apple Music will be “Greg Double – From Tacoma With Love”)

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

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

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