Launching the campaign for their new album Eraser with the release of "She's So Up" rapidly sparked the attention of fans and critics alike. Continuing on the impressive trend, the past few months have seen The Knux first blow the minds of SXSW-goers, then take their party on the road with their House Tour Party indulging the West Coast this past May. Then they were selected for the coveted spots to perform with Weezer in Austin for their special sold out Blue Album and Pinkerton performances. Just a few days later, they infatuated Bonnaroo attendees with their crowd surfing and other stage antics. Another few days after, they were in Vancouver playing with none other than Kid Cudi, the same hip-hopper who lent his vocals to the next single by The Knux "Run," to be released on iTunes July 12th with a music video later that month. With their new album Eraser out on Cherry Tree/ Interscope September 27th, The Knux are now moving East for a string of dates.
For your viewing pleasure please find here the bands newest music video:
October 25, 2011 - Los Angeles Interscope recording artist Jordy Towers will join Cherry Tree label mates The Knux on a cross-country tour that kicks off November 8th in Scottsdale, AZ. With a bold but melodious voice, Jordy brings energy and charisma to his rapping and singing. Like The Knux, he makes catchy yet genre-defying music that is accentuated by his off-the-wall personality and humor.
From his quirky yet confident charm, you wouldn't know Towers was homeless after a short stint in jail until last year when he signed a record deal with Roma Records/Blackground Records that is distributed by Interscope Records. While growing up in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Towers fell in love with hip hop at a young age, stealing his sister's Dr. Dre and 2 Live Crew albums to study and emulate. After encouragement from The Jackson 5's Jackie Jackson and his wife Enid who took Towers in, the mohawked motormouth pursued music and made a record under the name "Optimus" that got the attention of Lupe Fiasco, who brought Jordy out on his tour. Soon after Jordy started gaining momentum and attention that led up to his signing.
Towers' upcoming debut album is a hyper-collision of dirty electro-funk ("Spaceboy Boogie"), rocking reggae hip hop ("ADD") and laid-back summer pop ("Feelin' California") that showcases his effortless shifts between soulful singing and razor-sharp rapping, as well his nimble wordplay and ear for killer hooks. A-listers like J.R. Rotem, Danger Mouse, Bangladesh and The Runaways collaborated with Towers on the album.
Two singles from it, the pop-flavored "Money Money" and retro-seasoned "Don't Say It's Over," (available on iTunes DATE) are being presented together in an eight-minute short film directed by Interscope Records Creative Director and award-winning choreographer Laurieann Gibson (Lady Gaga). During the video, Towers gets to show off his eccentric style and dance moves that compliment his irresistibly catchy yet stubbornly eclectic music.
KIDZ IN THE HALL
Naledge (Jabari Evans) and Double O (Michael Aguilar) are Kidz in the Hall.
In the spring of the year 2000, two students who met at a University of Pennsylvania talent show realized they had tremendous musical chemistry and decided that they wanted to make music together.
When Chicago native Jabari Evans began developing his literary gift in elementary school, he'd write short stories, poems, and things of the like. As Evans drew toward hip-hop, a fateful meeting convinced him that he had a bright future as an MC. During a recruitment visit to the University of Pennsylvania he decided to enter a talent competition and perform a freestyle rap. Afterwards, many of the students urged Evans to introduce himself to Michael Aguilar aka DJ Double-O, a track star from New Jersey who had honed his DJing skills in high school and at the time was starting to get into producing beats. Evans, then known as J-Naledge, impressed Aguilar during their time together, and before Evans entered for his freshman year at Penn, Naledge and Double-O formed a partnership that eventually spawned the Kidz in the Hall.
"The reason why we make dope music is because our music isn't forced or filtered. Musically, we are two like minded individuals and we strive to make a unique sound that is unordinary but portrays the lives of ordinary people," says the 20 year old Naledge while lounging in a studio chair. "Hip Hop is like literature and not everybody is interested reading the same things. The rap game is full of either cheap comic books or people pretending to be Shakespeare no one is providing "A Raisin in the Sun" like shit anymore. To me, ordinary people provide some of the most masterful and relatable stories."
After the summer of 2000 Naledge and Double-O began to put their resources together in efforts to begin to record songs together. After creating a makeshift studio inside of an off-campus apartment, The duo began making demo CD's together and performing local shows on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey underground hip hop scene. After building a strong buzz they are now poised to not only resurrect hip-hop that they grew fond of growing up as children of the late 80's and early 90's, but create what they perceive to be the "perfect album".
"The most critical part of this album is going to be the sound of the beats," says Double-O. "If I cannot provide the perfect landscapes for his (Naledge's) words, no one will pay attention. His sound and my sound somehow became the same sound. That's what makes our group different. I am assured we will be successful for that reason."
Although the Kidz were poised to get a record deal on their own, once Super-Producer Just Blaze publicly laid his claim on the group industry heads turned. "Not only does he dig the music but he understands us ," says Double O. "He's the most forward thinking music producer that I know and for us to be around him and get his stamp on our music is a blessing. When the right deal is presented we will do a joint venture with Fort Knocks (Just's label imprint)."
Kidz in the Hall are looking to become one of hip-hop's most admired acts ever, destined to leave a legacy of artistic brilliance. Double O and Naledge, the producer/DJ and lyricist/MC, are reviving a format that Gangstarr, Pete Rock and CL Smooth and Run DMC established as the set standard in early-'90s hip-hop. With their debut release, " The Broke Diaries " (Executive Produced by Just Blaze), they hope to wow both listeners and critics alike with DJ-style beatmaking and jazzy sounds, and insightful, conscious lyrics that aim to touch upon the everyday struggles of life.
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