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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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Thunderchief: on Racial Tension

(Despite the outward appearance of  progress in social equality); race and racial tension continue to have a negative impact on society everyday.

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How are we to grow as a people and fend off the tyranny and the injustices we are constantly faced with if we continue to allow ourselves to be distracted and deceived by American Politicians and American Media.

Think about how silly racism is, especially for Caucasian Americans who dominate our nation’s wealth, political structure, law enforcement, criminal justice system, medical field, real estate industry, the corporate sector etc; That gives them all the hiring power, arresting/judicial power, law making power, medical power, the renting/buying/selling power with respect to home ownership and home renting/leasing power and so much more.

FYI the percentage of Blacks in the U.S. Is up to 15% which is a 1.1% increase from 2015 and we are still the 2nd most represented race in the U.S. Hence the constant black vs white, a most volatile match up of the foolish folk who still don’t get that nobody born before us, or in our life time or after we’re gone, had or will have a choice of what race they will be when they’re born so it’s completely foolish and ignorant to hate somebody for reasons well beyond their or anyone else’s control.

that goes for any and everybody that still has trouble realizing such an elementary concept.

(P.S.)

it would take all the Latino races combined to become the second most represented race in the country. So in spite of what Caucasians may think about becoming the minority, we could add all the minority​ races together and it still wouldn’t = the amount of Caucasians in our country. It’s just fact.

  • Thunderchief Lloyd – Blue Nose Blog 6.11.17

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 

Artist Q&A: Greg Double

Sitting down with Rap Artist/ Owner of Blue Nose Music

Photo Credit Mike G BNM
Photo Credit Mike G BNM


Q: Alright, who are you?

A: Dubb G, Double G, Greg Double, 00G

Q: Where are you from?

A: Born in Tacoma, Washington – grew up in Navy Yard City, Bremerton till i was about 12 then moved to Tacoma permanantly the summer before 8th grade.

Q: How did you get your moniker?

A: I’ve been known by many names thru the years, but the one that stuck was Dubb G.. based on the two G’s in my name, Greg Goucher. Over the years it evolved to Double G and alot of people still refer to me as this.. But once i started going more public with my music and doing shows i started running into Double B, A, C, and the rest, so i decided to look for something more unique. One day Greg Double came to me and it felt like i finally found my identity.

Q: What do you do?

A: I write, i rap, i record/ mix and master, promote, perform, throw events, and most importantly i help others do these same things.

Q: Why do you do it?

A: Because I enjoy the rhymes, the beats and also helping other cats to make music.. I also enjoy creating. I’m more of a technician than a musician, I like building and putting puzzles together.. That’s why I’ve loved making beats and recording/ mixing tracks. My mom sang and my dad was a rocker.. Used to make me listen to pink Floyd and explain the meanings to me when I was a kid.. Then I found rap when I was like 8, I started memorizing songs and writing down verses from Eazy and Mixalot, eventually started writing original rhymes and making beats in highschool. I enjoy performing, and I love the community aspect of it.. Building a network/ helping people meet others when they need something.

Rap music has been the most steady thing in my life since i was 8 or 9.

Q: How long have you been doing it?

A: Writing my own rhymes since 8th grade, about 1995 – recording and making beats since 10th grade, around 1998. So i’d say ive been doing this for 19 years.

Q: Who influenced you?

A: Hella. From Sir Mix A Lot, NWA, DJ Quick, Snoop, Spice-1, C-Bo, First Degree The DE, Brotha Lynch Hung, Andre Nickatina, Equipto and many many more – to the classic R&B of the Temptations, Stevie Wonder etc.. to todays Alternative Rock artists

Q: How did you end up with BNM?

A: Blue Nose Music is something i thought up years ago when i was making music with my buddies; Ryan, Zuriel, Neal and Lay Lay (Thunderchief).. i was obsessed with Blue Nose pitbulls so i started calling my music Blue Nose; at the same time i was making Dark more Horrocore sounding beats and songs and calling it “Haunted Records”. I eventually went my own way from what we were doing and i let my homies take HR, and i kept pushing with the name Blue Nose Music.

Q: What do you see your purpose as?

A: To create a gateway for artists like myself who would have died for the chance to record a real rap record and get it onto shelves in stores next to their favorite artists who they look up to. And also to keep the style of Rap i prefer alive – which is the West coast style of the 90’s. In the year 2014 when Hip Hop and Rap seems to have lost its way and is clouded by the fancy popular images of money and fast cars & women.. I’m happy to be able to continue making music about struggle, working hard, riding in old school cars and MOBBIN’

Q: Where do you want this to take you?

A: You know, I’m hell of excited about this Distribution deal with Fahrenheit & City Hall, as a long time fan of First Degree The D.E. and as some one who wants his music in the hands of every listener in the world. BUT I’m happy with my daytime career as well, and i don’t really have wild aspirations about Grammy’s and Whammys or the typical “Rapper” lifestyle. I’d love to tour and sell music & merch to people who enjoy it.

Q: Special shout outs?

A: To every one who listens to our music and supports Blue Nose Music, every artist i’ve worked with over the years, those who helped me build this BNM thing, producers that’ve trusted us with their beats, any artist that’s collaborated with me, any venue owner who’s given me a chance to throw a show at their club, my girl for supporting my craziness and trusted me when i said i was going to keep doing this and took me serious, my people behind the scenes like Mike Groshong – without whom Blue Nose would be a fraction of what it is, and accomplished a fraction of what we have. First Degree The DE and Fahrenheit Records, for the continued support, guidance and opportunities –  S/o to all my BNM family: 5ive 3re, Castro, Thunderchief, Easie,Chuey, Mac 9, Karly M, Chris M, Jacob B, Zuriel W, Ryan Kelly, Gamble and the list goes on. I know for a fact i have failed to name everyone and i apologize if i didn’t name you specifically.

Q: Any last words?

Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit