Let us introduce you to Cal-S-thetics- resident producer and emcee, Tone Dogg Raw- raw rhyme writer and emcee, and Ric the New Rula- beatbox general and emcee all of whom are delighted to have ya on this voyage with us upon the Glass Bottom Boat aka the Pens Men's ship aka the window to the world. Watch as our pens flow on fresh soundwaves opening up the world through the porthole of hip hop...
Basically, we all like music; hip hop in particular, all met in high school (Irvine, CA), became friends and eventually started messing with this hip hop.
Back in 1998, Tone and myself (Cal-S-) used to write flows together and dream about making tracks. The following year, Tone relocated to Jacksonville, NC, which might have been the end of the story, however, we kept in contact and continued to sharpen our skills with the pen. It was also this year that I began assembling his production lab (consisting of Fruity Loops and Acid), and Ric moved into the I from the IE (Corona). By Fall 2000, I had made a beat cd of computer beats, done some shitty recordings with my brother and his homies, and Tone was becoming the raw dogg we have grown to love getting down with the DF crew.
Then in early summer of 2001, Tone and I had finally gotten back together and recorded our first track, "The Awakening" on a beat I looped up on Acid. This track was (and is) known to very few, but it found it's way to Ric who instantly recognized game and wanted to get on. Sadly, this momentum would come to a crashing hault, literally, when my computer did just that, crash. By this time (summer 2001), the 3 of us had compiled notebooks of flows and a beat cd, but still did not have more than a handful of recordings, and most of these were just DFC mixtape shit Tone did with his homies(hot nonetheless). These mixtapes featured jacked beats from records that Tone and his homies had bought and played on his bottom-of-the-line Gemini tables and was recorded on a similar quality 4-track.
Having moved back from Jacksonville, Tone sold me the tables and his mixer seeing that he did not have as much use for it now that he moved back. Being exposed to these eventually inspired good fortune in August of 2001 when I would purchase a Sp-808ex. Already owning a drum machine, a keyboard, tables and a handful of my parents old records, I began to craft beats based around samples. About a month after I had started learning the ins and outs of the 808 and compiled a few very basic beats, we began to attempt recording tracks. The first of which, was a track by the name of "Drunken Bastard." A track that sadly just sounded a little too bad to keep and was never re-recorded (definitely a memory!).
After that, Tone and myself began to craft our first endeavor titled "Transatlantic Voyage on the Glass Bottom Boat." This was a 90 minute voyage of static filled loops overlapped by the occasional muffled vocal recording. It was nonetheless enjoyed by the about 1/3 of the 30 people that received it.
So we decided to try to revamp the first effort as well as add more vocals. In addition, Ric had become more involved and was looking to get a place on the next effort. This lead to what was later dubbed "Recovered Collection from the Submerged Hull of the Glass Bottom Boat: The Mixtape Vol. 1" on account that we would try to redo some of the earlier recordings. The process of re-recording and laying down the new tracks took about another year (2001-2003). In part, this was also due to the fact that I had gained some more musical/audio knowledge and began applying it to our recordings making for an easier listen. Eventually, a 60 minute tape featuring much more skill and quality then the "Transaltantic Voyage" was finished featuring Ric, Tone, Cal, JustinKasce, Arrash Kakkvand and Aaron Garcia and the production of Cal. Originally, about 60 tapes were handed out after it was recorded, but technical difficulties led to the actual "sinking" of the Glass Bottom Boat (808 malfunctions). This made the name quite ironic when we recently been put onto a cd format with 2 additional songs and handed out an additional 100 copies and counting.
Yes it was true. Through "over-beat-age," the 808 began corrupting files (deleting songs and beats) and was then shelved during the later part of '03. Just prior to this Tone and me, relocated together to Long Beach. While working on some new material, the 808 crashed. It was thought that all our work up 'til that point went with it. This was remedied by just getting back into it and trying to forget the losses, plus the purchase of a new recorder.
These latter events lead to the beginning of a
"Golden Age" and "The Temple: Chronicles & Archives." This is our most eclectic project yet, utilizing chopped up samples, keys, and maturing lyrics. It is still currently under production (about 2 years in the making) and looks to be our most solid album yet. Featuring production from Cal-S-, For Granted and Capital D, plus lyrics by exxo, meno, cal, tone and ric.
As of now (mid 2006), we are currently working on numerous projects. As well as finishing up "The Temple," we are working on a "Recovered Collection Vol. 2," which will feature Tone, Ric, Cal, Cloud 9, DJ Orator and others. This is a project of old beats that were actually recovered from the abyss that is technology spanning a period of the last 5 years. In addition, Tone is in the process of putting together the "I Need Beats" mixtape and his first solo effort "Doggma." Ric will definitely appear on some of these releases. I am currently recording the Recovered Collection Vol.2, as well as some new beats I have been working on (the LA sessions, check http://www.myspace.com/theglassbottomboat) and have just began to collaborate with DJ Orator and De-Llusion.
We are also beginning to try to do the live thing.
Performing is why we recorded this sh#t in the first place! We have had the opportunity to share the stage with such greats as KRS-One, Pharoahe Monch & Ice T as well as other talents like Cloud 9 Articulate, DJ Orator to name a few...
Each time is special...
Soul Brother ..1 PETE ROCK (Soul Survivor, Petestrumentals....) &; CL "Ya know, the Mecca Don", A Tribe Called Quest (Q-tip, Phife, Ali Shaheed, Jarobi?, sorry Q no Consequence), Slum VILLAGE "IT'S FANTASTIC", Jay Dee aka Dilla, Lootpack crew: Madlib "Beat Konducta SENSAI", Kankick aka kanzulu "From Arts Unknown" & "The Apocalypse", Declaime "Andsoitissaid" & "Illmindmusik", Oh No "Always Complete" & "Orchestrated Heat", Wildchild "New Year's Resolution", DJ Romes, MED "Overdue"(and my new shit now "Never Gonna Give U Up"), Kazi, "Mad Men on arrival all hands on deck", Stonesthrow Records, Peanut Butter Wolf, Egon, Mr. Lif (I Phantom is the best concept album heard to date), Gangstarr "One of the Best Yet...", DJ Premier, Guru (and his Jazzmatazz efforts too), De La Soul "Breakadawn" &; "The Bizness", Common "Resurrection" thru "BE", Blackstar(Mos Def, Talib Kweli &; DJ Hi-tek), Reflection Eternal, Rawkus (Pre-Sell Out), Pharoahe Monch, Shawn J. Period, Freddie Foxx aka Bumpy Knuckles "Industry Shakedown", The Beat Generation Series, The UMMAH, Bush Babees, DJ QUIK (The West's Most Slept On), Divine Forces Radio (Fidel, Breeze, ORATOR, Counterstrike, Icy Ice), BeatJunkies (J-Rocc, Melo-D, Rhettmatic, Icy Ice, Choc, Babu, Shortkut, What?, etc.), DJ Qbert, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ Revolution, DJ Craze, A-Track, Tone Dogg (for putting me on to writing, oldies and hookin' up the tables), Justincase (for putting me on to rock/punk/ska), Ric the New Ruler (for keeping me up with mainstream), Debarshi (for sharing R & B/ Rawkus, J5) , Clifford (always bumping the real hip hop, classic rock and reggae), Andrew (Sade) , Ainjoy (hooking me on that underground, jazz & encouraging me to keep at it) and of course Lee for supporting something that you don't always understand. It takes patience and respect that is recognized and won't be taken for granted; I gotta do this... Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Edo. G "The Truth Hurts" & "My Own Worst Enemy", INI "Center of Attention", Grap Luva, Yesterday's New Quintet "Angels without Edges", Ayatollah, El-P & Co Flow, Quasimoto, JayLib, MadVillian, Prince Paul, Dan Nakamura aka The Automator "Deltron 3030" & "Dr. Octagon", Kool Keith, Al Green & Willie Mitchell "Ohh, What A Wonderful Thiiiing Love is..", Smokey Robinson "The Quiet Storm", The Stylistics, The Temptations, Herbie Mann, Young Holt Unlimited, Alan Toussaint, The Soul Survivors, The Meters, The Mystic Woods, Graham Central Station, D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, John Klemmer, George Benson, G-Young (Geology), James Brown, Sam Cooke, ALL THE OLD SCHOOL CATS THAT BROUGHT HIP HOP OUTTA THE BASEMENTS AND DISCOS TO THE REST OF US: Cold Crush Crew (Grandmaster Caz, DJ Tony Tone, Charlie Chase, etc.), the Legendary Kool Herc, Africa Bambataa and the Mighty Zulu Nation, Grand Wizard Theodore, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Luv Bug Starski, Kurtis Blow, Marley Marl, Mc Shan, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Planet Rock, Rock Steady Crew, Ultra Magnetic MCs, the Biz (Markie), Kool G. Rap, Fab Five Freddy, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Percee P the Rhyme Inspector, Kool Mo Dee, LL Cool J, Rakim, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Brand Nubians, KRS-ONE "Criminal Minded", Even Sugarhill Gang (that's biting) 'cause without who knows... "Self-destruction/ You're headed for Self-destruction", etc....Black Heat "You Should Have Listened", Bob Marley "One good thing about music...", Barrington Levy, Wailing Souls, Steel Pulse (Marley Fest '03), J-live (The Emcees' Emcee), Yusef Dinero aka Joe Money, DJ Spinna, Jigmastas, Beyond Real, Claus Ogerman (sick arrangements), Shuggie Otis, Johnnie Otis, Sly and the Family Stone, Gil Evans, The Three Sounds, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messangers, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Three, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters, Return to Forever, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard "Liquid Love", Hubert & Ronnie Laws, Don Shirley, Cal Tjader, Horace Silver, Johnny Lytle, Red Norvo, Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Note Records, Grover Washington Jr., Grant Green, Kudu Records, Verve Records, Gabor Szabo, Antonio Carlos Jobim (genius), Joao & Astrud Gilberto, En Medio, Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66/'77, Sade, HumDrums, Five Deez "B.E.A.T." & "Hey Young World" (Fat Jon, Pase Rock, Kyle David & Sonic), 3582 (Fo Sho!), Lone Catalysts(Sands & Rawls) "Due Process" "Ayanna Monet", J. Rawls "The Essence of", Swollen Members "Counterparts", Battleaxe, the Pharcyde (pre-"Plain [C]Rap") the Procussions & Deux Process "The Process", Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-mark, Cut Chemist, Breakastra (Kid Named Miles), Dr. Oop & Black Love R88ers, Project Blowed & Sunny's Spot, Leimert Park, Aceyalone, DJ Krush, Les Nubians, Amel Larrieux, Donell Jones (on "The Hustle" & "It's So Hard"), Dilated, Evidence, Joey Chavez, Alchemist, eMAyDe12 (the Big Nat Nasty), Mood "Doom", BJ Digby aka Holmskillet, Arrash freestyleliving, Eddie Harris, Jeru the Damaja, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, D.I.T.C., The Fugees "The Score", Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff "The Magnificent", A Touch of Jazz, Kev Brown, DJ Roddy Rod & Maspyke, Bobby Womack "A Woman's Got To Have It", Bilal "Reminisce", Maxwell "Ascension", Moka Only "Lime Green", Code Name: Scorpion, Ab Rude, NATE DOGG, Dr. Dre, Mel-Man, Mike Elizondo, Scott Scorch, Battlecat, Soopafly, Fred Wreck, Blaqtoven, and all that WestCoast (NWA, The Chronic, Doggystyle, Dogg Food, This is the Shack, My name is Quik, Revenge Retaliation Getback, The Streets is a Mutha, "Boys in the Hood", G-Funk Classics Vol. 1&2, Predator, Regulate: G-Funk era, Julio G, Bay Area, E-40, Too $hort, Shorty B, Ant Banks, The Luniz, etc.), Shade Sheist "Where I wanna be" & "Wake Up", X-Clan (the mentor- Brother J), James Poyser (Eryka Badu"Back in the Day"), Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Santana, The Buena Vista Social Club, Donald Byrd and The Blackbyrds "When I'm Sleepin' at night...", Lakeside, BTE Express, Brick, The O-Jays, The Dramatics, The Whispers, The Four Tops, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, David Oliver, Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, David Bowie, Nirvana, Weezer, Alternative '90s rock, The Doors, Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" & "The Wall", Carole King, classic rock, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Sublime, NOFX, Rancid, punk and ska, Nas "The World is Yours", Large Professor, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, The Commodores, Average White Band, The Originals, Issac Hayes, Lou Rawls "Early Morning Love", Gamble & Huff, Don Sebesky, Creed Taylor, Percy Faith "Black Magic Woman" (sick!), Earth Wind And Fire, Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions, Marlene Shaw, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Tom Browne, Hugh Masekela, Norman Conners, Sadao Watanabe, John Guerin, Dave Grusin (ill on the fender rhodes), Jeff Lorber, Peter Maldini "Midnight Bolero", Bill Evans, Stanley Clarke, the Crusaders (Welton Felder), Harvey Mason, Paul Humphries, James Gadsen, "Shades of Blue", Playa "Cheers 2 U", The Perceptionist (Ak, Lif and Fakts One), Akrobatik "Remind my Soul", Timbaland, RJD2, Insight "Evolve", Edan, "MCs Smoke Crack", 7Heads Entertainment, Wes Jackson, Asheru &; Blue Black The Unspoken Heard, El da Sensai, The Artifacts, Organized Konfusion, The Soulquarians, ?uestlove, Karrem Riggins "Tainted" & "Harmony", Wajeed "La La La", Jay-Z "I'm feeling it...", The Roots, Musiq, SHOGUN, Hieroglyphics "Hiero Oldies" to "Full Circle" (Del, A-Plus, Tajai, Phesto D, Opio, Pep Love, Jay Biz & Domino), Souls of Mischief, The Prose, Encore, Visionaries (Rhet, Key, Dan, Zen, 2mex, LMNO), OMD, Up Above Records, Def Jux, D & D Records, Immortal Technique, Living Legends (psc, sunspot, grouch, eligh, asop, scarub, bicasso, murs), All Natural (Tone B. & Cap D), No ID, Mole Men, Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, Smokeout 2002, King T, Alkaholiks (without, no lootpack...), Kam, Xzibit "Speed of Life", Self Scientific, DJ Khalil, Planet Asia, Cali Agents "How the West Was One", Gil Scott-Heron "Winter in America"&; "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Roy Hargrove, Eryka Badu "Sometimes", The Ohio Players, Wu-Tang, Bone, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Geto Boys "My Mind is Playin' Tricks on Me", Scarface, Grave Diggas, Killa Army, Phil da Agony, S.O.L. Music Works (Jade Tiger, DVD, Kombo, Lao Fai), Burnt Batch, Digable Planets, Apani B. Fly, Poets of Rhythm, Boom Bip, Medusa & Feline Science, El-Fudge & Joe Buddha "Realize", ABB Records, Bennie B, Fat Beats, Groove Attack, Good Vibe, Coupe De Tat Entertainment, BBE (Barely Breaking Even), Good Vibes Recordings, The Basement, Stacks Vinyl, Das Efx, Tommy Tee "Day by Day", Rubix "Millionaires", Little Brother "Whatever U Say", Lost Boyz "Love, Peace & Nappiness", Can-i-bus, Terror Squad, Akbar "Live Long", Arrested Development ("3 years..." was my first CD), all the engineers like Mums the Word, Jamey Staub, Dave Cooley, 427 "Holdin' the Crown" & "What it is" , Elliot Thomas, Bob Powers, Chris Seifert, John Anonymous, Roger Swan, Kut Masta Kurt, etc., World Music from every corner of the globe, ALL CONDITIONED MAINSTREAM MEDIA (music/ movies/ television) from about the early sixties until now, Cliche' but gotta mention B.I.G., 2Pac, BIG PUN, Aaliyah, Eazy E, Jam Master Jay, Mausberg, Freaky Tah, Big L, ODB, Charizma, Scott La Rock, Eric B., Bigga B, Brad Noele, Kurt Cobain, Professor X, J Dilla, Proof, DJ Dusk (R.I.P.), I can't believe I all most forgot Outkast, Goodie Mob, Organized Noise & Earthtone III; ok I'll stop... plus all of you that have advised us to keep doing this.
Roland Sp-808ex, Technics SL1200 MKII, Vestax PMC 05 III, Crappy Yamaha DJX synth, and a Yamaha Aw16g, oh yeah a 790 Akg dynamic mic with panty hoes on a hanger as a pop screen FUCKING GANGSTA
Keep it Burnin'