Coolzey | The He Did EP

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The He Did EP

by Coolzey

Homage to late 80s, early 90s hip hop with a 2007 spin, old school MPC beats from chopped up records, lyrical gymnastics and turntablism, featuring bluegrass banjo and keys from William Elliott Whitmore on track "Trees and Dirt".
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. French Fries and Ice Cream
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2. He Did
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3. Mentality
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4. Funny Rappaz
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5. Trees and Dirt
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6. Fin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hip Hop Connection
International
March, 2007
Single of the Month

Though aligned with a clutch of backpack rappers and indie rockers, Des Moines farm kid Coolzey grabs the scratches/intelligent sideward lyricism steez by the lapels with a little more straightforwardness. Crucially, he also tolerates nothing below massively fun production. The first sign of potential greatness is the clarity within 'Mentality'; after professing daily disgust for mediocre rappers he drops the gem of advice "Take women fro instance: the minute that you stop sweatin' 'em/Man, you'll be gettin' 'em". For those not built like Fif', this man speaks the truth. Throw in help from cool-as-whisky-slugging bluegrass dude William Elliott Whitmore on the atmospheric epic "Trees and Dirt" and you're suddenly rolling so lovely.


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Sick beats! Must have album!!
Sick beats! Must have album!!

John Book, Okayplayer

One of the emust-have releases of the year
Coolzey is a self-proclaimed farmers kid from Des Moines, Iowa. That alone could make people go "uh... next," but if you take quality hip-hop seriously, you'll want to take time to hear him out. Coolzey is heavily inspired by the golden era of hip-hop, from the flows to the style of production where the crackle from sampled records remains in the mix. The old school values are there, but they are not as obvious as those Jurassic 5 used. He Did is a 6 song EP (or a short album running at 29 minutes, if you want to get technical) that shows he loves to write, and does not mind showing a sense of humor. You probably never heard anyone in hip-hop do a song about the not-so-unusual food combination of "French Fries & Ice Cream" but here he is, doing just that, without regret.

The title track, and “Mentality,” target fake MC’s who try to be what they aren’t. Coolzey doesn’t claim that he’s from the city or has the type of street credibility that can be an important part of the way an artist is promoted. In fact, he stays true to his literal roots with “Trees And Dirt,” which talks about the contributions of farmers across the country and around the world. While the topic may seem out of place on a hip-hop CD, it doesn’t sound out of place here.

Vocally, he comes off sounding a bit like early Justin Warfield. Coolzey not only produced his own beats but did the turntable work on here, a self-contained artist who is very confident about how he wants to present himself and his music to the world. It would be interesting to see what he would be able to do with other producers, but a full-length album with nothing but Coolzey-beats would certainly make it one of the must-have releases of any year.