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    “Ain’t No Sunshine” Soope, Joell Ortiz & Fred The Godson Produced by CZR


    Poverty-stricken Gary, Indiana, most known for being the home base of Michael Jackson is also the respective hometown to recording artist Soope Da Roadrunna. The multifaceted storyteller has heavy ties in the Midwest but his connections run much deeper in New York City. After years of honing his craft with his versatile rhyming techniques and trap rap style, he realized that in his hometown area, you can only go so far in a small town region before life catches up with you. After searching for his next move in his hustle, Soope connected with a prominently growing Watch company called Azad Watches in NYC. With ambassadors to the likes of Ice-T, 50 Cent and other superstars of their realm coming in and out, it was a no-brainer for Soope to begin building his brand there. So, he and his Azad Team decided to construct a studio in the heart of the city’s diamond district, below the Azad Watches location itself and appropriately named it Azad Studios.
    Soope’s latest work is a collaborative effort between established Hip Hop Heavyweights, Joell Ortiz and Fred the Godson entitled “Ain’t No Sunshine” produced by International House Music producer from Chicago, CZR. Right from the start, the haunting sounding vocals capture your attention and then the beat kicks in at the same time Soope’s verse starts. Even before the chorus comes in to put it all together, you are hooked. The chorus is from Bill Wither’s classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine” as covered by Soul For Real. The song doesn’t lose any steam, because Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz comes up next on the second verse with bars that make sure you know why he is one of New York’s best lyricists. With lines like, “I get a good day on the grind and these last dimes is cheap.” Joell goes on and says, “no product of my environment. I just have product and they be buying it.” So far, the bars from Soope and Joell, only heightens the anticipation for Bronx native, Fred The Godson’s verse. Gordo does not let us down by showing us how mean his pen game is with lines like, “I’m re-writing reality because I’m living my dream.” Once his verse is over you are ready to play the song on repeat. The video captures the mood of the song. The background of the video is set at a church with the perfect lighting and cinematography that helps these artist tell their story and keep you entertained visually, without taking away from the song.

    Fred The Godson

    Meet South Bronx native, Fred the Godson. Known for his clever punch lines and smooth flows, Fred has New York Hip Hop enthusiasts believing that Hip Hop is Back! Born Fredrick Thomas into a household rich in music, R&B and Rap won his alliance at an early age. Fred had fallen in love at the ripe age of eight and would, despite being diagnosed with asthma, begin his ascent to achieving his dream of becoming a rapper. Already known throughout Monroe High School for his quick wit, Fred began free-styling in the late 90’s turning his tongue into a lyrical gem. His delivery, seemingly effortless, and considering his severe asthma condition it was everything but. The years of maturation, over-coming personal hardships and tragedies so common to those who inhibit the ruthless streets of the South Bronx, Fred emerged as an exceptional lyricist. His astute talent for creating metaphors that register to listener’s hours later, is perhaps his most distinctive gift; a gift that won him “Best Male Rapper” at the 2007 Underground Music Awards and editorial in industry magazines such as Juice and XXL. He’s gained the respect of music industries’ toughest critics and greatest tastemakers that are coining Fred the Godson as “Hip Hop’s Messiah.” In an industry flooded with artists claiming to bring rap back to its “Golden Era,’ Fred definitely holds it down for the South Bronx.

    Joell Ortiz

    Joell Christopher Ortiz was born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York. Joell was formerly signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label, was featured in the Unsigned Hype column of the March 2004 issue of The Source Magazine and was also selected as Chairman’s Choice in XXL Magazine. During the same time Joell also went on to win the 2004 EA Sports Battle which earned his song “Mean Business” a spot on the NBA Live 2005 soundtrack. Joell has since collaborated with KRS-One and Kool G. Rap, Apollo Brown, Fred The Godson & Soope to name a few. Although he was signed to Aftermath Entertainment, Dr. Dre allowed him to release the street album called The Brick: Bodega Chronicles on April 24, 2007 on Koch Records. The Brick features productions from Showbiz, The Alchemist, Domingo, Ho Chi from Killahertz Productions, Lil’ Fame of M.O.P., Novel, and Moss, among others. Ortiz is one-quarter of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. Slaughterhouse was a hip hop supergroup consisting of rappers Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce da 5’9”.


    CZR has strong ties in Chicago with House Music as well as Hip Hop. When CZR was 16 years old, he collaborated with a young rapper named R.A.P.P.A.L.O.T. (Rhythm And Poetry Produce A Language Of Thought) the future CEO of C.W.A.L. Inc., now better know as Big Rap. CZR has been an International recording artist and producer since his first release. Although, being a DJ came before making music, the stuff he learned as a DJ is what helped him how to produce and arrange music. CZR’s discography runs deep. In the past 25 years he has worked on music for Darryl Pandy, Enrique Iglesias, Jordan Knight (NKOTB), and labels such as Interscope & Arista. His productions have reach the basement DJ’s to the big room DJ’s, including names such as Daft Punk, Armand Van Helden, DJ Skip, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Carl Cox, & Mark Knight to name a few. In addition to producing, writing and arranging music, CZR has numerous remixing credits to his name that have made him become a household name with DJ’s worldwide. CZR and Soope met around 2007 and have been writing and recording music at The Funk Parlor Recording Studio ever since. Versatile is one of many words to use to describe this music producers ability to create music.


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