Mittwoch, 12. September 2012


Jay and Soulo, the two-man hip-hop production team which has been blessing eardrums since their first release in 98, have consistently dropped well crafted hip-hop joints on wax platters, all of which to the pleasure of hip-hop fans worldwide. Their back to basics format of flavorful beats, scratched choruses, and hype rhymes, garnered the Sound Pro's an enthusiastic following which continued to grow as each anticipated 12 inch dropped. Motivated by the positive feedback, from both press and the hip-hop community alike, Jay and Soulo headed straight to the lab and never resurfaced. In 2001 when faced with the departure of their lead mc, the Sp's kept it moving and reached out to some of their favorite mc's for collaborations on a new project. The results from these sessions made up the long-overdue, and highly praised debut lp, "An Evening With The Sound Providers". With a much more polished sound, the two beat scientists showed (and proved) that they could take the weight of a full length lp, and hinted at the potential of the fly San Diego maestro's. The Sound Providers were in full effect... but they we're just getting started.

Enter an up and coming microphonist out of Florida, named Surreal.

This longtime hip-hop fanatic has been steadily making moves, paying dues and retiring scores of mc's within a 500 mile radius of his lab in Tampa Bay. A true mc in every sense of the word, this master of ceremony has the uncanny ability to switch from off the top battle mode, to super fly rhyme kicking braggadocios mc, to a soulful and introspective song-writing artist, all encased in an effortless flow that only comes from a gifted and natural rhymer. Also known for his hype showmanship live on stage, Surreal is know to move the crowd. On one particularly warm Florida evening, amidst a sea of hands in the air, one member of the crowd was both moved and IMPRESSED. The cat in the crowd was Jay Skills, and he immediately recognized the potential of the talented mc. Shortly thereafter, the two met for the first time and made plans to connect in the studio. Soulo hopped on the first flight to the sunshine state, meet up with the fly mc and producer in Jay's vintage studio, and the chemistry was instantly clear.

Surreal and the SP's were born.

The following months consisted of a flurry of beat cd's, song idea discussions, rhymes inked, samples scratched, album conceptualizing, being extremely hype and long hours in the lab. The results were layed to tape and the efforts, expertise, and essence of these three hip-hop fiends were captured and stamped into jet black wax for the world to hear. So lend an ear to the fresh sounds of the three rap fans with a master plan, Surreal and the SP's. Did they make a dope record?

True indeed.

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