Iowa hip-hop band Purple Asteroid Cadillac releases debut LP “Take Shape”
November 29, 2012
Iowa hip-hop band Purple Asteroid Cadillac is releasing their breakout debut LP “Take Shape.” The album features eleven original hip-hop tracks comprising nearly forty minutes of back-to-back, heavy-hitting urban classics. The beats are heavy, the lyrics hard, the poetry flowing like liquid groove in one long, rolling wave of jazz and funk. Steeped in the Chicago traditions of drum and bass going clear back to the disco era, Purple Asteroid Cadillac's neo-soul sound is poised to shake the Mid-West music scene like a rattle.
The core of Purple Asteroid Cadillac are Rafael Greene and Shane Johnson. Greene (also sometimes known as Fooch, the MC) is originally from Chicago, Illinois, where he has been part of the rich, burgeoning hip-hop culture since 1993, although he notes of his musical experience that he has only begun taking his hip-hop seriously since 2008. Johnson (also called SHZA) on the other hand, is both an autodidactic musician as well as a classically trained one. His mainstays outside of hip-hop music are jazz and funk, which strengths are plainly showcased in Purple Asteroid Cadillac.
Rafael (Rafael Greene a.k.a. Fooch the MC ) has been a part of the flourishing Chicago Hip-Hop scene since 1993, but started taking his music seriously in 2008. Shane Johnson is a classically and self-taught musician with concentrations in jazz, funk and hip-hop. He is also the voice and personality behind KRUU fm's popular radio programs, “Universe Party” and “The Lounge Body.” Together as Purple Asteroid Cadillac, Johnson and Greene have performed on the big stage with such famous artists as Warren G., Scratch Track, and the Kidz in the Hall. Vice-President of A&R for DefJam Records, Lenny Santiago, has spoken very favorably of their collaborative efforts.
Of the message their record shares with their fans, Purple Asteroid Cadillac writes, “We want to share with our listeners through this album that hip-hop is alive and thriving in Iowa. This isn’t just our genre of music, it’s our lifestyle. We are Iowa Hip-Hop.”
With a sound influenced by the likes of hip-hop heroes Nas, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang, Tupac, and Biggie Smalls, as well as soul legends James Brown and Stevie Wonder, Purple Asteroid Cadillac has performed over 140 live shows in their young career, creating four complete albums using four separate sound studios without feeling the need to publish them. “Take Shape” is, therefore, an entirely appropriate title for their flagship debut release. Fans of hip-hop music everywhere would be in great error to miss this adventurous powerhouse record.
Staff Press Release Writer
The LP “Take Shape” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download
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