4.22.17 X IAMSU RELEASES BOSS UP II MIXED & MASTERED BY EXCLUSIVE AT OSCILLATION STUDIOS
Iamsu releases his latest project entitled "Boss Up". The project was mixed by Exclusive @ Oscillation Studios
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IAMSU RELEASES 'EYES ON ME" [MIXED BY EXCLUSIVE] ARTICLE COURTESY OF BILLBOARD.COM
Exclusive Mixtape Premiere: Iamsu!'s 'Eyes on Me'
By Elias Leight | February 23, 2015 4:55 PM EST
Iamsu! -- rapper, producer and founder of Bay Area hip-hop collective the HBK Gang -- is back with a new project, Eyes on Me. It's the artist's first release since his 2014 studio debut Sincerely Yours. Now, it's premiering exclusively on Billboard; check it out below.
Eyes on Me is a short project -- just seven songs -- and a couple have been released already, most notably "Nothin' Less," on which producer DJ Mustardmanages to merge his sound with smooth-jazz piano. "They Say (Yeah)" and "Nothin' Less" lead off the tape with declarations of confidence -- "I'm the total package, I'm a cold assassin" -- and ambition -- "I just want the top, nothin' less." Later, Iamsu! strips away all melody for "Bandz," which the rapper says pays homage to Bay Area groups like the Diligentz and the Pack.
Iamsu! works behind the boards as well as behind the mic: he has two production credits here, both of which display his own fluency with the classic Bay Area sound that Mustard also borrows from heavily. The rapper told Spin about the origins of this sound last year. "If you look at how Too $hort's 'Freaky Tales' sounded, it's the same [as] a Mustard record or a record I'd produce," he explained. "It had the same elements. That moody bass, that 808. The sound's been around for like 30 years."
The rapper is also hitting the road on the Eyes on Me tour. Check out those dates here.
TIA NOMORE INTERVIEW: THE EAST BAY EXPRESS JANUARY 15, 2015 BY SARAH BURKE
Rapper Tia Nomore Is Ready For Bigger Playgrounds
Iamsu releases his latest project entitled "Boss Up". The project was mixed by Exclusive @ Oscillation Studios in Oakland, CA.
The twenty-year-old musician talks about being a Bay Area Freshman, recording her upcoming debut album, and learning to take her talent seriously.
By Sarah Burke
- Tia Nomore's breakout hit "Suck It Easy" was recorded in a friend's closet.
About six weeks ago, emerging Oakland rapper Tia Nomore was inundated by an outpouring of tweets, all hashtagged #BAF10. At first, she thought it was another internet trend like #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday), because she gets a lot of those notifications.
In actuality, the hashtags represented votes in her name for Thizzler's Bay Area Freshmen 10, an annual, influential grouping of the Bay Area's best new rappers. Nomore was vaguely familiar with the local rap roundup and its host, Thizzler on The Roof (Thizzler.com), a popular online source for Bay Area hip-hop premieres. Thizzler's followers were very familiar with Nomore. A few weeks later, she became the second female rapper, after Kreayshawn in 2011, to be nominated by Thizzler and its cabal of local hip-hop heads. On January 22, she'll perform at The New Parish for the Bay Area Freshmen 10 showcase.
On a recent day in Oakland Chinatown, where Nomore grew up, she candidly recalled memories from her not-so-distant childhood, pointing out the epic pirate ship play structure on 10th Street that she crawled under as a kid and smoked on top of as a teen. At Broadway and 12th Street, she nodded to a Peet's Coffee and proudly announced that she had recently quit working there. "Suck It Easy," her self-released 2014 single, was generating cash from downloads. Rapping is her job now.
Nomore (whose real name is Tiare Claudette) traces the origins of her rapping back to afternoons spent with her oldest brother. "Everything that I was afraid of, he would just shove down my throat," she recalled. For example, he placed her in front of the television, put on the horror movie Child's Play, muted the sound, and played a hip-hop beat. It was his unconventional idea of encouraging her to speak confidently and crushing her fear of scary movies, and it dovetailed perfectly into a teenage passion for rap.
Nomore's descriptions of growing up give the impression that most things come easily to her. And judging by the way she bursts with feisty charm and charisma, that's easy to believe. By middle school, she was sneaking out to parties and jumping into cyphers (rap freestyling) without hesitation. In high school, she often skipped out to record with friends in East Oakland. At sixteen, she played hooky for a month to live in Los Angeles and record with a producer she met online.
Last May, Nomore garnered internet buzz for a collaboration with Kehlani (a local R&B singer poised for broader recognition herself) on a version of Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah," and its accompanying video. But Nomore's own "Suck It Easy," released with a video in November, was the track that found her a personal spotlight. Nomore finds that funny, because it's an ex-boyfriend diss song that she recorded two years ago in her friend's closet. (Later, it was mixed and mastered by her mentor, the producer Exclusive.) The song's beat is mellow, woven through with a laid-back guitar lick. Nomore's smooth, casual rhymes mimic that effortless sound, but rip with clean execution and sharp insults like Your mother should have swallowed you whole.
Nomore thinks the song is fine, but she's ready for more serious work. With undeniable momentum, she's evolving so fast that her sound can be difficult to pin down. "I'm at this point where I'm still getting used to my voice, so I still hate listening to myself," she said. Still, she's noticed a qualitative transformation in her work and said so unapologetically. "I'm sitting on hella material — and it's not bullshit music."
Her first album, Halloween, is halfway done. She plans to lay down forty more tracks, on top of the forty she already has, then cull from those. Last summer, she released a preview track called "My Favorite Song" to offer a taste. In it, her rhymes are speedy, aggressive, and clever, placed over beats built with clanks, screeches, and gurgling synth. It's indebted to trap production, with a particularly dramatic, industrial edge. Perhaps not surprisingly, Nomore commended the music of Danny Elfman, leader of the bizarre new wave act Oingo Boingo and the composer behind the soundtracks to almost all of Tim Burton's films. She told Exclusive, who is producing the whole album, that she wanted the song to sound like a scary movie. "My Favorite Song" suggests that Nomore's distinct influences are coming to the fore — and her early memories of freestyling over Chucky are emerging with maturity.
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