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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.

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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 

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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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