Releases

THE COMMON PAST -QUILOMBOLAS

Featuring Maria Isa + Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria. Produced by Paul Harding + Quilombolas. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage. “The auditory equivalent of a really tasty fusion restaurant, the global pop mash up masters in local outfit Quilombolas blend funky horns, traditional Latin American rhythms and hip hop into a worldly mixture of sounds that’s hard to neatly categorize but easy to enjoy and certain to appeal to fans of similarly ambitious groups like Ozomatli.” — Rob van Alstyne

• • • • • • •

AMERICA (SINGLE) – E.G. BAILEY

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents, AMERICA, the provacative new single by spoken word innovator and historian, E.G. BAILEY. Following in the tradition of Whitman, Ginsberg, Baraka and others, Bailey explores a post 911 America. With a haunting jazz score by the maverick ensemble, ABSTRAKT COLLISION, based in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), the track addresses many of the issues confronting Americans today, from the war in Iraq and the new McCarthyism to the economic fallout and the Guantanamo, while looking towards hope and change. The companion track, THE LAST POET, also featuring Abstrakt Collision, along with spoken word artist MADAME MIMI, transcribes the Beat vision of the last poet at the edge of the horizon. Featuring Abstrakt Collision, Madame Mimi and members of Quilombolas. Produced by Ben Durrant + e.g. bailey. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage. AMERICA is from E.G. BAILEY’s upcoming album AMERICAN AFRICAN • AFRICAN AMERICAN, due for release Spring/Summer 2009.

• • • • • • •

RETURN TO EL GUANTE’S HAUNTED STUDIO APARTMENT – EL GUANTE + SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

“The album, a remixed and re-imagined version of Guante’s critically-acclaimed EL GUANTE’S HAUNTED STUDIO APARTMENT, features exclusive remixes, new tracks and more, all produced by See More Perspective. It’s funky, yet political new album features See More Perspective’s organic, danceable beats, a definite departure from the archetypal Twin Cities hip hop sound. Between the groove-oriented production, the melodic deliveries of both emcees and the flat-out uniqueness of songs like the ‘80s-synth pop tribute “The Fourth Wall (Cellar Door Remix)” and the dynamic yet bittersweet “Dia De Los Muertos,” RETURN TO EL GUANTE’S HAUNTED STUDIO APARTMENT is the perfect Halloween soundtrack, though it’s sure to remain in constant rotation long after that. Produced by SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage.

“Chock-full of biting political commentary, and with all due respect to Slug, this guy is attempting to carry the Twin Cities on his back….” –URB Magazine Next 1000 6/3/08

• • • • • • •

QUERO A PAZ (SINGLE)QUILOMBOLAS

The first single from Quilombolas’ debut album, The Common Past. Features the fan favorite, Quero A Paz, and the hardhitting, True America, which features the always dynamic Maria Isa. Featuring Maria Isa. Produced by Paul Harding + Quilombolas. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage.

• • • • • • •

EL GUANTE’S HAUNTED STUDIO APARTMENT – EL GUANTE

The album features Jer 1 of Figureheads, Truthmaze, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE and is a dynamic blend of lyricism, danceable beats, mediations of the state of the nation and a call for action. “With this album, I’ve made a very conscious effort to reject the formulas that have become so prevalent in underground hip hop,” El Guante says. “The love songs here are sincere and multilayered rather than faux-edgy or melodramatic. The political songs are grounded in a real understanding of the issues rather than cliché sloganeering and platitudes. Even the basic shit-talking songs make larger points.” From the album’s opening lines (“my life was not produced by Kanye/ my soul isn’t sped up, it whispers unmixed and un-mastered”) to its final couplet (“if we are the ones we’ve been waiting for/ what the fuck are we waiting for?”), this album is about taking underground hip hop into edgier, more poetic, more exciting places. Featuring Jer 1, Truthmaze, and See More Perspective. Produced by G Force, DJ Pain 1, and Ethos Mega. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage.

“The album is founded on samples that invoke an emotional spectrum, from gentle jazz piano and lonely horns to energetic percussion… Haunted Studio is an album that’s sure to put El Guante on the verge of national exposure…” – Rich Albertoni (Isthmus)

“El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment…is a megaton bomb on local indie rap, bound to be the heaviest breath of fresh air hip hop heads will suck in all year.” – Jordan Selbo (City Pages)

• • • • • • •

HIGHSTYLEKYLE + TRU RUTS PRESENT LIGHTNING + THUNDER (VOLUME ONE) – VARIOUS ARTISTS

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records + Smokesignyl Productions join forces to release HIGHSTYLEKYLE + TRU RUTS present LIGHTNING + THUNDER (VOLUME ONE), the first compilation of its kind in Minnesota, fusing reggaeton, dancehall, reggae and hip hop. Featuring the talents of twenty musical luminaries of the Twin Cities, LIGHTNING + THUNDER, highlights the musical dexterity of producer, Highstylekyle, member of noted hip hop band, Leroy Smokes, who produced all the tracks on the album, along with cohorts Fredy Kruger (of the Good Fellas), J Skills and Hashbrown, and is executive produced by the powerhouse duo of e.g. bailey + Shá Cage. The album includes an all star cast of Twin Cities trailblazers, such as Maria Isa, The Kamillion, Don Xaba + Backup Plomo, Prince Jabba, Innocent, Truthmaze, Pee Wee Dread (Dread I Dread), Unicus, St. Paul Slim (G.O.B.), Buss One, Chico Fino, members of Leroy Smokes, and much more. LIGHTNING + THUNDER sets the stage for the next musical movement to catch the Twin Cities by storm. Featuring Maria Isa, The Kamillion, St. Paul Slim, Truthmaze, Unicus, and others. Produced by Highstylekyle, Fredy Kruger, J Skills and Hashbrown. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage.

“The “Lightning Thunder” disc and its accompanying release party really do constitute an exciting and genuinely substantive reggaetón movement in the Twin Cities. If you have any interest at all in Caribbean grooves (or just shaking your shit for an hour), I suggest you seek out the compilation and join the bandwagon soon, lest you have to make up stories for your grandkids when they ask you about the first great TC musical renaissance of the 21st century.” – Jordan Selbo (City Pages)

• • • • • • •

CONCRETE ROSE (SINGLE) - VARIOUS ARTISTS (from HIGHSTYLEKYLE + TRU RUTS presents LIGHTNING + THUNDER (VOLUME ONE)

The first single from critically acclaimed compilation, HIGHSTYLEKYLE + TRU RUTS presents LIGHTNING + THUNDER (VOLUME ONE), the first compilation of it’s kind, fusing reggaeton, dancehall, reggae and hip hop. The single, CONCRETE ROSE, features Buss One and Kamillion. It is paired with TRES PREGUNTAS from Maria Isa. The single also features a bonus track, SOULFRIERE RIDDIM, an instrumental track by renegade producer, Highstylekyle, who produces all the tracks on the album.

“Lightning and Thunder is by far the most diverse reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and reggaetón compilation published to date representing the diverse global musical roots and production genius of the Twin Cities.” – M. Riviére (Emetrece Productions)

• • • • • • •

HARRY POTTER B/W ESTA TARDE – EL GAUNTE

The first single from “EL GUANTE’S HAUNTED STUDIO APARTMENT,” this disc features “Harry Potter,” a simmering, darkly funny meditation on hip hop, poetry and art in general. The song isn’t about Harry Potter; it uses that book’s success as a metaphor for artists making a significant impact out of nowhere, without the advantages of being household names already. The b-side, “Esta Tarde,” is one of El Guante’s most popular songs, a storytelling track about missed opportunities and making the most out of imperfect relationships. Also included are three bonus tracks: a spoken-word piece, a live in-studio performance and a mixtape-style suite featuring four verses dealing with organized religion. This is definitely not your typical indie-hip hop single. Watch out for the full album in June 2008.

• • • • • • •

AMBER PEOPLESHA CAGE

Featuring Truthmaze, HipGnosis, Rene Ford, Amiee K Bryant. Produced by Ben Durrant, HipGnosis, e.g. bailey + Shá Cage. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage.

• • • • • • •

EXPANSIONS + CONTRACTIONS (PSOEMS 1:1) – TRUTHMAZE

Featuring I Self Devine, Muja Messiah, Sister Mimi, Aimee K. Bryant. Produced by Jeremy Ylvisaker, Tom Scott + Ben Durrant. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage. “Dubbed ‘the Afrika Bambaataa of Minneapolis,’ Truthmaze is one of the few MCs who could credibly rap, ‘North Side full-throttle/Mister Influence, I taught Aristotle,’ as he spits on his new, long-awaited solo debut, Expansions + Contractions (Psoems 1:1) (Tru Ruts/ Speakeasy Records). The album is a true event, combining the full range of his past live music and electro into a carnival of poetry, hard funk, and raw rap, with guests ranging from multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Ylvisaker to fellow ex-Micranot I Self Devine.” — Peter Scholtes, City Pages

• • • • • • •

EVIDENCE OF SILENCE BROKEN (VERSION POETIC) – ZELL MILLER III

The long awaited release of Zell Miller III‘s fiery debut CD. The poetic verion of the acclaimed spoken word and hip hop theatre production “The Evidence of Silence Broken”, the CD shows why Zell Miller III is fast becoming one of the rising stars in the spoken word genre. With music by the always dynamic DJ Brainchild, this album takes you on a journey through a poet’s birth and survival in this often chaotic world. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Sha Cage. (Note: This is not the soundtrack to the theatre production.)

• • • • • • •

NAZIRAH’S PLAYHOUSE - NAZIRAH P. MICKEY

Speakeasy Records releases Nazirah P. Mickeys debut CD Nazirahs Playhouse. A poet, playwright and spoken word artist, Nazirah has been nominated for the Spoken Word Artist of the Year Award by the Minnesota Music Academy; has worked with such artists as Sonia Sanchez, Quincy Troupe, Ruth Forman and Tyehimbe Jess, as part of the Hurston/Wright Fellowship, the VONA Fellowship and Cave Canems Master Class, respectively; was a member of the Minnesota Slam Team which place 6th in the nation in 2001; and was one of the recipients of the 2002 S.A.S.E/Jerome Verve Spoken Word Grant. A track from this CD is featured in Urban Bush Women’s production “Hair Stories”. Featuring Aimee K. Bryant, Mankwe Ndosi and Douglas Kearney. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Sha Cage.

• • • • • • •

WORDS WILL HEAL THE WOUND (VOLUME ONE) – VARIOUS ARTISTS

THE TWIN CITIES FIRST SPOKEN WORD COMPILATION! Speakeasy Records’ first full production release, Words Will Heal the Wound: A Celebration of Community Through Poetry, was developed from the noted spoken word radio series. Words Will Heal features the works of J. Otis Powell!, Arkology, Truthmaze, Bao Phi, ANIKA, Desdamona, Sister Mimi, Sha Cage, Slug (of Atmosphere), Wookiefoot, and others. Includes orginal version of Slug’s “Hell’s Playground”. A must have for lovers of spoken word and those interested in the Minnesota scene. Executive produced by e.g. bailey + Sha Cage.