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How Strange is Strange Music?

  • April 7, 2017
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How Strange is Strange Music?


Ces Cru is undoubtedly one of hip hops most talented duos.  The group is signed to legendary mic controller Tech N9ne’s Kansas City based Strange Music. The group is comprised of Ubiquitous and Godemis who are talented emcees in their own right who actually became part of the group after it was formed. They had been on the underground scene in Kansas City for awhile and Tech N9ne clearly was impressed with the groups work ethic and signed them even though neither Godemis or Ubiquitous actually hail from Kansas City.

Ces Cru has a new album out called Catastrophic Event Specialist. This is an excellent alternative to the mumble rap era that dominates mainstream radio. The group is a bit mysterious which is understandable as a lot of jealousy exists because they are in an enviable position having been signed to an independent powerhouse such as Strange Music, if you aren’t familiar with Tech N9ne and Peter O’Guin, I suggest you read the Forbes article Tech N9ne: Hip Hop’s Secret Mogul.

I met them on tour in Salt Lake City for an interview. The group was super reserved and distrustful of media but I think they warmed up after a while. What I gathered from the encounter is that this is a group that doesn’t care about being famous, they care about making great music and the proof is in the product. The wordplay, cadences on choruses, and beat selection are on point, no doubt a benefit of having a group member such as Godemis who plays several instruments. Comparison wise, I regard them as an edgier Camp Lo.

They arguably have two certifiable classics with the aforementioned release and Codename Ego Stripper.


I also interviewed label mate Stevie Stone who came out in a Jason mask and questioned my sincerity, concerning behavior for a 35-year-old man. He ended the interview after claiming I was asking him questions that were explained in his press release which their publicist never sent and their manager told me they were ending the interview because they had another interview scheduled, even though I had overheard another Strange Music employee state “their was no other interviews scheduled and I was the only interviewer for the day”, ouch!!

As far as Stevie Stone’s music I think its solid and he is probably one of hip hops most distinctive voices since Mystikal. As far as his behavior I reasoned that it was either because he was distrustful of the media or that he has been possessed by demons, but after all the label is called Strange Music. I can definitely attest to the fact that out of the hundreds of interviews with musicians I have done over the years this was the strangest.

Nonetheless, I think both Ces Cru and Stevie Stone make great music. I think they may have some issues with the larger than life images that they portray in their music and who they truly are. Not to say that they aren’t authentic, I feel the alter egos they have created aren’t who they truly are but who they aspire to be. I feel this type of contradiction contradicts their obvious dislike of mumble rap music and makes me question if their brand of music is just a marketing gimmick. Either way I’m sure Ces Cru and Stevie Stone have some great music offerings in the future.

Ryan Glover is a contributing writer for Follow him on Twitter @ActorRGlover, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your google network.


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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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