The Pleasantville Killerz (Sketchy Waze and Jesse James) is one of the hottest rap/ hip-hop duos to hit the Northwest, and they are quickly taking the entire region by storm with their captivating sounds and clever wordplay. Fans of all ages can appreciate the true-to-life messages within the music, delivered over hard-hitting beats and combined with catchy melodies. An explosively high-energy stage performance has only added to their reputation, which already precedes the two rising stars.
Partners-in-rhyme since the ages of 11 and 13, the Boise-native duo has dropped 8 albums to the Northwest Underground since 2001. They independently released their self-titled commercial debut album in May of 2009, and since that time have performed in front of sold-out audiences across the Northwest for such big names as The Ying Yang Twins, Too Short, KyMani Marley, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Warren G, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Glasses Malone, Yukmouth, Cool Nutz, Illmaculate, Brown Boy, Kilo, Andre Nickatina, DJ Unk, Twista, De La Soul, Illmaculate, Sapient, Maino, Haystak and many others. The two have worked with producers and A&Rs from top labels such as Def Jam, Universal Motown and Interscope, and their music has received rotation on Boise and Portland radio, as well as several northern college radio stations. Their videos can be found on the prestigious WorldStarHipHop.com website, a coveted hip-hop video forum. Their ringtones receive an average of 1000 downloads per month, and they have self-produced 6 music videos, one of which features big-name appearances from Bay Area Legend Yukmouth from The Luniz, and Nashville's up-and-coming Haystak.
The Pleasantville Killerz have a determination and drive that shines as brightly as their talent. Not only do they engineer and mix all their own music, but they have also taken up the torch as independent businessmen, studying each and every aspect of the music industry and utilizing every popular trend possible to maximize exposure of their CDs and merchandise. Their business savvy has enabled the duo to launch their own indie record label, MasterMindz Entertainment, with a complete pro audio and visual studio, PA and lighting equipment, a professional CD duplicator, an in-house silk screener for merchandising, and a list of industry contacts worth their weight in gold.
In such a short time, The Pleasantville Killerz have captured the hearts of countless fans and have single-handedly planted a seed in Idaho for an exciting new hip- hop culture. They have just released their sophomore project, “The Return Of The Pleasantville Killerz”, a 23-track LP guaranteed to satisfy even the most discriminate of hip-hop heads. The motivated duo is now working on a mixtape entitled “Zombies Ate My DJ” that will be released under The Gameboyz Mixtape series (a project of Universal Motown), as well as cooking up yet a 3rd LP, which is set to feature colorful collaborative work with several popular Northwest progressive rock groups, including Tacoma-based ResDeus.
Two more music videos are set for release in early 2010, one of which will feature cameos from Portland stitch Cool Nutz, two-time Grind-Time World Rap Champion Illmaculate, and Texas legend Paul Wall. Between all this, as well as consistently touring the Northwest in search of new eardrums to rock, PK stays pretty busy, but promises to continue delivering some of the hottest hip-hop the underground has to offer. The fans will undoubtedly be waiting.
“…A set of fresh, high-energy hip-hop with a strong diversity of music… The raps are smart, quick, smooth-flowing, and seemingly flawless… With lyrics ranging from unique and catchy club material, to deep meaningful lyrics about life and personal experiences… The album has many possible radio hits, as well as a good range of old-school tracks and very underground feels… All in all, an extremely impressive set of high-energy material for the next generation of music.” –A&R SELECT
“…A breath of fresh air for the Boise and northwest music scene… The Pleasantville Killerz are flipping the game like nobody thought Idaho ever could...” – The Boise BlackBook
"Rappers Jesse James and Sketchy Waze combine forces as the Pleasantville Killerz, an ambitious group that fills the local DIY rap throne filled for many years by Mad Ro. Loaded with diverse guests, tongue-twisting rhymes and creative studio flourishes, it's relentlessly funky, slick and usually club-friendly." - Idaho Statesman