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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 

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.

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– Greg Double, Blue Nose/ Fahrenheit Records

Blue Nose Music releases The Hounds, Again!

Blue Nose Music set to re-release their flagship album “Release The Hounds” on Fahrenheit/ City Hall Records 

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In 2013, BNM released a 20 track album showcasing their style and aptitude for West Coast Underground Rap entitled; Release The Hounds. With features from heavy hitters such as Rappin 4 Tay, Awall aka 2piece, Shao Sosa, Tony Snow,  King Scrub and Skrilla; Release The Hounds boasted track after track of commercial free, undergound, mobb themed music.

in 2014, now teamed up with Sacramento Rap legend First Degree The D.E. and his label; Fahrenheit Records, Blue Nose is working on a plan to Release The Hounds yet again – this time on a bigger scale, distributed by City Hall Records – Digitally re-mastered, with new tracks and sporting new artwork.

0201142137Set to hit stores and online retailers early 2015, Release The Hounds features Blue Nose artists Greg Double, 5ive 3re, Thunderchief, Castroni, TACtical, Lil Gr3y, and Mac 9. Guest appearances include Bay Area legend Rappin 4 Tay, Sacramento legend First Degree The D.E., North West juggernauts Shao Sosa and Awall aka 2piece, Mobbed out rapper/ producer Tony Snow, the infamous Villionaire King Scrub, and the hard working artist/ promoter Skrilla of Perfect10 Ent.

Producers of the album include Oakland Super-Producer 3hmb; Tony Snow, Iballz of Tac Army Radio, Blue Nose Producers Chuey Boy Tactical and Phenom57,  StudioMike, Mooch Music, and the extremely talented Johnny ESPN.

You can currently still find Release The Hounds for purchase on online distributors such as iTunes, AmazonMP3 and GooglePlay; as well as in local stores around the Puget Sound area – Silver Platters, Rocket Records, Sonic Boom Records, and Everyday Music.

Preview the first track off the album “Cant Handle The Night” featuring Thunderchief, 5ive 3re, Greg Double, Tactical and Castroni on a late-night chill style beat produced by Phenom57 on Greg Double’s SoundCloud page here:

https://soundcloud.com/greg-00g/cant-handle-the-night-prod-by-phenom57

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Blue Nose Catalog


(2011) Greg Double  “Ego Centric” – the 1st solo album from Greg Double,  available on iTunes / Amazon / GooglePlay

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(2012) 5ive 3re “Experience 5:ive 3:re”  1st solo album from 5:ive 3:re available on iTunes / Amazon / GooglePlay

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 (2013) Release The Hounds – Compilation – 20 track compilation from Blue Nose Music available on iTunes / Amazon / GooglePlay

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10 FREE ALBUMS available on our Bandcamp page

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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

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?

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