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Nazeem & Spencer Joles
Ultra Suede is a collective of sorts, music and art at its roots, production team as branches, but also a commune of ideas under the umbrella of its symbol, protection. The point is to create an atmosphere of creativity and build a community. Its purpose is to create and cultivate an environment of culture. It is a protected place for artists and thinkers to collaborate and grow. Protection X Connection.
Ultra Suede was founded by MAKR, AARON BAUM, DJ FUNDO & KEITH MILLIONS.
Current collaborations include MONCELAS BOSTON, DWYNELL ROLAND. SIMS, P.O.S, SOPHIA ERIS, MINA MOORE, NONA MARIE, SHOW YOU SUCK, HOOD INTERNET, J PLAZA, RYAN OLSON, AND MORE TO COME.
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Along with his time spent with ZULUZULUU, Greg Grease is also an MC whose omnipresence in the scene extends from in-store beat battles to local mixtape guest verses to an extended, ever-evolving discography of his own. Grease spits like the kind of artist who was never told that bohemian hip-hop and street rap don’t intersect—a benefit of growing up with a hip-hop head for a father, and a need to reveal a new facet of his life with each release. Grease couples a survivor’s resolve with a creator’s restlessness.
David Aaron Gaines (born May 23, 1989) Better known by his stage name Gaines is an American rapper. Born in Spokane, Washington, he later relocated to Minnesota and found music at an early age, elementary days to be more specific, it was here where his mother used to read her poetry to him, this would have a significant effect on Gaines personality and subsequently his music.
He has never felt comfortable doing anything other then writing music and immediately fell in love with this form of expression. Fast forward a couple of years down the road Gaines decided it was time for his voice to be heard and starts to record at the age of 17 in his fathers basement. Gaines has always felt a chip on his shoulder as though he had something to prove to the world; no matter the circumstances. Now, he's proving himself though music.
With influences from Nas, Eminem, Micheal Jackson, Sade, Kid Cudi, and Lincoln Park. Gaines starts his journey. It was shortly after high school that Gaines released his 1st mixtape entitled Freedom Of Speech which spoke on the trials and tribulations of high school and life as a teenager though his eyes. Freedom Of Speech dropped jaws from close friends and family all alike, which gave Gaines that extra motivation he needed.
With great expectation, Gaines released a 2nd mixtape entitled Purple in September 2010. The first single "I Hate My Job" was featured on 101.3 KDWB's "The Dave Ryan In The Morning Show". Only a year after dropping his 2nd mixtape Purple and getting great feedback from radio stations, blog sites, and the fans Gaines felt it was necessary and time to make a full fledged album with all original beats. And he did, with help from some producers of Purple, which included Lazy Thunda, Dae Walker, and additional help from Rahki Smith (Grammy-award winning producer). He even had a live band added for a more interactive feel!
Gaines released his highly anticipated first album, The Night Crawler, in September 2011. The album showed Gaines as an all around artist as opposed to just a rapper, because not only did The Night Crawler feature rap, but it showed fans another side to Gaines with more of an alternative, rocker vibe combined with some commercial elements that will have generations to come listening to his music!
Since then Gaines has collaborated with names such as Chance The Rapper, Mod Sun, Toki Wright, and shared the stage with Asher Roth, Logic, and Redman to name a few. With the noise and responses of this new project Gaines is more than a force to be reckoned with a bright future ahead!
Nazeem & Spencer Joles:
Nazeem & Spencer Joles (age 22) are an afro/latino Hip-Hop duo from Minneapolis, MN. Their first mixtape, "The Album" garnered local attention for exhibiting clever lyricism, mainstream appeal, and genre bending. Now following the release of their EP, "Years Of Obscurity" they have been solidified as young underground staples in the twin cities which also earned them a position in the previous 2017 Soundset Festival (Alongside the like of Lauryn Hill, Travis Scott, and Pusha T) to which their performance had received rave reviews. They are also gaining recognition as multi-faceted artists; beyond self-producing their own music, they design their own album artwork and direct/edit their own cinematic music videos.
Curse The Day That Birthed The Bastard, by Makr, is now available for download and streaming. This 4 song opus was written as a reflection on certain phases of artist Mark McGee's life, made possible in part from a grant from the Jerome Foundation.
MAKR, McGee’s solo project, is designed to explore music though repetition, slowly unraveling itself into an epic story. – Jerome Foundation
Fundo’s resume speaks for itself. Having DJ’ed for Minneapolis hip hop mainstays like Toki Wright, M.anifest, Desdamona, Truth Maze, Kanser, and P.O.S. over the past 8 years, Fundo has no shortage of experience. This combined with the fact that he currently acts as the touring DJ for one of Minneapolis’ fastest growing rappers, Prof, and co-hosts the two premiere rap dance parties in the Twin Cities in Get Cryphy (Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy2Times, DJ Last Word) and Hands High (Plain Ole Bill), it’s hard to argue that many other DJ’s in the Twin Cities have been responsible for more good times, and subsequent hangovers, than Fundo.
Both as a touring DJ and a party DJ, Fundo has shared the stage with hip hop greats DJ Craze, DJ Premier, Z-Trip, Atmosphere, DJ Babu, Evidence, Ice-T, P.O.S., Grieves & Budo, Too Short, Killer Mike, Doomtree, Astronautalis, Yelawolf, Common, Krs-One, The Heavy, Mike Relm, and Bad Rabbits just to name a few.