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In a rap industry that is overwhelmed with bubble gum raps and artists speaking upon things they know nothing about, one Northwest based rapper by the name of Notes is here to bring the true realism back that Hip Hop has so been missing.
Born in Los Angeles, raised in The Bay Area and currently residing in Seattle, Notes had a true West Coast upbringing. His early years saw him not only raised listening to classic West Coast MC’s but also getting a great feel for the independent music hustle The Bay Area is famous for. As he grew up surrounded by West Coast Hip Hop Pioneers such as E-40, Too Short, Mac Dre, and Brotha Lynch, Notes began to develop a passion for writing lyrics. These lyrics reflected his life, which although he was very young, saw him surrounded by the harsh realities of street life including drugs, gangs, and violence. As Notes continued to write these lyrics he also found himself studying the revolutionary music model many independent Bay Area based record labels were utilizing for success.
In 1998 Notes relocated to Seattle and he immediately connected with local Hip Hop artist T-Macn who got Notes signed to “Emerald City Recordz.” While the label folded after a few years it gave Notes a great chance to begin getting his music out while also learning the finer points of creating and recording songs. After Emerald City shut down, Notes linked up with Seattle based record label Street Level Records and as one half of the group Dividenz he recorded the critically acclaimed “Hollow Point Lyrics.” This CD saw Notes and his partner in rhyme C.O.L.A. garner a great buzz in the Northwest region and Notes found himself doing shows across the states of Washington and Oregon.
This touring time allowed for Notes to begin applying the business knowledge he learned in the Bay Area and not only did he sell a great amount of his CDs but also created relationships with other artists, as well as promoters and DJ’s all of which benefit his career to this day. Following upon the amazing reaction to “Hollow Point Lyrics” Notes and C.O.L.A. returned to the studio and recorded “10% Rap, 90 % Hustle.” The release of their second CD garnered an amazing buzz all over the West Coast as fans weren’t disappointed by the amazing lyrics crossed with world class production. Similarly fellow music industry insiders loved the project as they truly could relate to the title. As Notes learned from his Bay Area counterparts as well as his days in the streets; when you have a hot product, the only option is to keep it in continuous supply. Notes music was that product and he and C.O.L.A. returned to the studio along with fellow Seattle based artist Crytical to record the “Competitive Hustle League” album, which released in 2010. This project was considered a literal super group as each member had gained their own respective buzzes in the West Coast and together they created a project that to this day is held in the highest regard.
In 2011, Notes released his EP, titled 'The Saran Wrap Rapper'. The album was considered by Notes to be a "street album" and did well locally and online, further building his buzz. He used a summer promo tour in 2010 to promote the upcoming album, and went on a summer tour in 2011 to promote the released project.
Notes is currently working on a new album titled 'Trust No Phone' that is slated for a 2012 release on 2 Time Ent/Base Rock Ent. He also working on a group album titled 'Whitegirl Money' with NW native and lablemate Soulja, and the two plan on touring in the spring of 2012.
As Notes puts plans in motion to release his newest project “Trust No Phone” it is no question that he has established himself as a Northwest Hip Hop veteran and as he puts it; “I have no intention of slowing down the creation and release of my style of Reality Music. The streets and the music industry need the realism back and I’m here to give that to them.” He is the realism that Hip Hop has been missing.