Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago's south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles' burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist.
To be sure, with his unmistakable, beloved baritone, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general.
Only a select few can say they've rocked microphones in front of thousands at a sold-out arena in Tokyo with Jurassic 5, spit rhymes at Lollapalooza, painted professional caliber oil color paintings in their California home and lent their distinctive bass-heavy voice, to such mega-brands as Coca Cola and Sega Dreamcast.
Now, buoyed by the wide spectrum of socio-cultural and geographical influences that have shaped himhip-hop's Renaissance man released his first solo album Fish Outta Water on Decon Records in the spring of 2009.
Indeed, this deeply personal body of work reveals a side of the long time Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli front man that his fans have never seen, a story from start to finish of his life, loves, triumphs and let downs, weaving in a powerful selection of beats from the likes of Scott Storch and Jake 1 and memorable appearances from Damian "Jr. Gong" and Stephen Marley, Anthony Hamilton, Beanie Man and others.
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Back in '97, this was concieved. The first album, released independently was "Cranial Mass" it was what it was intended to be. We came together with no expectations and a meeting of the like-minded became a compilation that plays more like an album and a group that feels more like a family. We've been working on a new album and it's nearly complete. Until then, you'll have to dig for bootleg copies of the oldies. We've helped you out here with a few numbers we've done and pave the way for our newest creation. Thank you for listening. P.E.A.C.E
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BPL is an original hip hop and funk group from Boone, North Carolina. Their music meshes the best of authentic soul and funk with a fresh hip hop mentality. They bring high caliber lyricism, musicianship, and arrangements that appeal to the most discerning music fans. They have managed to balance this with a sound that will stay with even the most casual listeners. BPL's unmatched live show is guaranteed to rock the crowd at every venue they play. Their debut LP 'Higher' (NuSouth, 2009) unites the explosive energy of their shows with refined songwriting and production into a classic record for the people.
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