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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 

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I plead da fif! Couch and Fes-1 have the right to remain “Silent”

Blue Nose Music/ Fahrenheit Records recording artist/ producer Cameron Couch and Producer/DJ FES-1 are making noise by staying silent.

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Tacoma, Washington musician Cameron Couch is known for creating unique musical projects;  that’s exactly what he’s done (yet again) with Silent.

In speaking with Couch I learned he originally created this project to collaborate with other artists – recording over his own instrumentals. After reaching out to 10 artists just to have most of them decline the offer – doh! He decided he wouldn’t put any vocals on the album at all. He would go all-out on the instrumentals, again that no one would record over.

The collab album idea started taking the shape of a (solo) rock/blues/jazz album with a Hip Hop foundation. Now Couch took to writing his project as a common love-story, reflected in the track titles, and played out over 15 tracks.

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Somewhere during the creative process Couch got the idea to send “Silent” over to long time collaborator (Producer) DJ FES-1, whom Couch has over a decade of history with (and has never actually met face-to-face). FES-1 took to the project like his own, mixing/ scratching/ transforming the project into a molded-together masterpiece that they are both proud to put their names on.

Now word has come down from the top; long time Jazz aficionado, and Westcoast Rap OG – First Degree The DE is set to release “Silent” in the first quarter of 2017 on his label Fahrenheit Records. That means Couch and DJ FES-1 have a strong follow up to now label-mate Phonk Beta (of Brotha Lynch Hung, Madesicc Music fame) and his two Hip Hop/ Jazz instrumental albums “Symplex 1 & 2” as well as First Degree’s own “Instrumania” series. (www.FahRecords.com)

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Silent (imo) is a fantastic piece of music nearly 40 mins long that encompasses (what seems like) every type of instrument you can think of. You can set your playlist to random and listen to any one track out of sequence, but the album was made to be sequential – each track leading right into the next.

Look for Cameron Couch & DJ FES-1 “Silent” early 2017 on iTunes, Amazon & all the digital outlets from Fahrenheit Records, distributed by The Orchard/ City Hall Records.

– Greg Double on the blog 

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You can find Cameron Couch online at www.BlueNoseRap.com  SoundCloud.com/CameronCouch >> YouTube.com/TheHomemadeCouch You can find DJ FES-1 online at SoundCloud.com/djfesone >> DHSMusic.bandcamp.com 

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”)

The Northwest is on fire! And Blue Nose is in the middle of the blaze

The dopest Northwest Rap you probably haven’t heard of: Fahrenheit Records group Blue Nose Music “Releases The Hounds” on the underground.
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With edgy lyrics over smooth, hard hitting beats Tacoma, Washington based Rap group Blue Nose is helping to maintain the old school Westcoast sound that has long since been lost in today’s music scene.

Under the guidance of Fahrenheit Records, Blue Nose has reached a whole nother level in the Westcoast Rap scene. With features from well known and loved NW artists like Shao Sosa, Awall aka 2piece, Tony Snow, Skrilla and Cali transplant King Scrub – along with an appearance from San Francisco OG Rappin 4 Tay and Mr The DE – First Degree himself; Release The Hounds is of a caliber never before heard out of the Northwest region.

Labeled as a compilation, The Hounds is actually a full length 20 track LP composed of all original tracks. Blue Nose showcases their versatility and aptitude for Rap with this album, grabbing ahold of their slot among Underground factors and holding it tightly. Artists Thunderchief, Greg Double, Tactical, and Castroni have been rapping and performing around the NW for a decade and gaining the respect of fans and artists alike. Artists 5ive 3re, Mac 9, Dank Xmas, and Lil Gr3y while younger in the game prove their worth with their appearances on The Hounds album. Wynter Brown, an extremely talented young artist hailing out of the West Midlands, UK joins forces with Blue Nose on a track entitled “Da Breed” along with Thunderchief, Greg Double and First Degree The DE.

The production credits behind this project are as impressive as any other element of this NW classic. Bay Area veteran producer 3HMB of Hotbox Ent, Oregon based Mobb style producer Tony Snow, Mainstream producer Sk8Beatz, Blue Nose’s own Phenom57 and Chuey Boy Tactical, Iballz of Tac Army Radio and Tac Town Records, Built Supreme up and comer Dank Xmas, StudioMike from Denver Colorado, and Mooch Music out of Florida set the tone for the grittiness of The Hounds and the bar very high for upcoming Underground Rap artists.

As of February 17th 2015 “Release The Hounds” is available on all major online retailers as well as in stores, with the help of Fahrenheit and distribution through City Hall Records.

[Preview & buy] “Release The Hounds” on AMAZON by clicking here

So far, 2 music videos have been released from the album and are posted on Blue Nose’s channel @ http://www.YouTube.com/BlueNoseTV – as well as FirstDegreeTheDE.com and NW Rap blog site http://www.LoudStars.com

[WATCH] Say Wa (Official Music Video)

[Watch] Picture Perfect (Official Music Video)

Find Blue Nose Music all over the web, or follow these links:

http://www.FirstDegreeTheDE.com

http://www.reverbnation.com/BlueNoseMusic

http://www.TheDoghouse.bandcamp.com

http://www.Youtube.com/BlueNoseTV

The HARDEST new female Emcee: Wynter Brown “Understand Reality” Video Premier

Catch the world premier of Wynter Brown’s new music video “Understand Reality” on February 25th from Blue Nose Music/ Fahrenheit Records.
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Reigning out of the West Midlands, England, Wynter Brown has been impressing people worldwide for years with her hard-hitting lyrics, quick precise delivery and hardcore topics. This wednesday she drops her latest visual creation for her song “Understand Reality” and you’re going to hear about it.

Self-directed by Wynter Brown, the video was filmed and edited by Mickey G for OhMyDaysDays Visuals. She delivers her message of truth seeking for a deeper understanding of spirituality and human kind laid out over the smooth rhythm of an instrumental from UK super producer Cipha Headz. Wynter Brown never fails to impress her audience, from the Westcoast United States to her home turf in the West Midlands, UK.

Looking toward the future, her EP “Westbound 0121” is dropping later this year on Seattle based indie Rap label Blue Nose Music, under the umbrella of Sacramento veteran First Degree The DE’s Fahrenheit Records and City Hall Records distribution.

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Subscribe to Wynter Brown and Blue Nose Music on Youtube @ http://www.youtube.com/WynterBrownEnt and http://www.Youtube.com/BlueNoseTV – and catch the premier of “Understand Reality” this Wednesday, February 25th

WATCH: Understand Reality (Studio Session) w/ Wynter Brown

– Greg Double, Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit

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The Wicked Witch of The U.K: Rap Artist Wynter Brown teams up with Seattles’ Blue Nose Music

Sitting down with Blue Nose U.K. Rap artist Wynter Brown
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 As she begins work on her 2015 EP titled “Westbound 0121”, dropping on Seattle based Indie Rap label Blue Nose Music; we take a few minutes to interview  the amazingly talented U.K. Hip Hop artist Wynter Brown

BNM: So, who are you?
 WB:  Wynter Brown
BNM: Where are you from?
WB:  West Midlands ,U.K
BNM: How did you get your moniker?
WB: Alot of people think Wynter Brown is a name i’ve chosen, but my actual middle is Wynter and my last name, Brown. I can show u my birth certificate 
BNM: What do you do?

WB: I (R)epresent (A)ll (P)eople like me in the music insustry #UK #westcoast #Spiritualist #Interlectual #GoGetta
BNM: Why do you do it?

WB: Because rapping an writtin’s kinda like a therapy to my soul. Its a creative way to share my thoughts, experiences, opinions & visions. When I hear a beat im feelin, I jus wanna be apart of it 
BNM: How long have you been doing this?

WB: I’ve been rappin an writtin for about 13 yrs now.I started out in 2003 “spittin/Mc-in”, which is a U.K term for rappin at a quick pace whilst deliverin a bunch of punch lines & catchy “chant” like chorus’s. I had a radio set once a week and performed around the U.K. Even though I entered the music game – in the U.K.G genre, I had a strong love for the westcoast genre too, because it wernt just a genre it was like a culture. My life style was more relate able to the westcoast culture as I grew lyrically & mentally.
BNM: Who are some of your influences?
WB: (U.S.A influences): Ice cube, Mc Ren, Luni coleone, Killa tay, Doon Worth, Marvaless, Zigg Zagg, Thugmiss, First Degree the DE, Brotha Lynch..
(U.K & other influences): So Solid crew, Ms Dynamite, Skepta, JME, Pariz1, M.I.A,Santagold, singularis.
BNM: How did you end up with Blue Nose Music?

WB: A few years back I hooked up with a dope artist “Double G” & we done a few collabs. We worked well togrther. Double G was always on point & serious about his passion for music.Fast forward to the present moment, Double G and I recognize and appreciate each others dedication to the game. Both of us both then decide its time for me to join BNM & create this world wide west movement.
BNM: What do you see your purpose as?

WB: I see my purpose here as a teacher.. and a learner.. in every aspect of my life. Including music.
BNM: Where do you want music to take you?

WB: I want music to take me around the universe lol.. I wanna be around the stars.. In the sky..The REAL stars..
BNM: Any special shout outs? 
WB:  BNM,GREG DOUBLE G, CAMERON COUCH, CIPHA HEADZ, DOON WORTH, MARVALESS, THUGGMISS,LT DA BOSS, CENTURY GOT BARS, TIAH DROPZ, BRINA, ALAYA & Everyone thats supportin n e movements im makin.

Check out Wynter Browns music online:
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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