- Planet Sea
- Crunch It
- Green Onions
- Last Two Dollars
- Mr. Loveman
- After the Love Is Gone
- Show Me
- Love’s Delight
- New Age Symphony
Started in 1991 by two aspiring high school rappers and entrepreneurs, 2 Dope was more of a learning experience than a group for founders Professor Chill and Double Ace. Starting from recording demos on a boom box in Chill’s bedroom, they proceeded to build their music, their brand and their independent record label, 2 Dope Records, from the ground up with no experience or formal training in the subject.
The group’s first official release, Process Of Elimination, was originally a cassette single release that was sold at their gigs as well as in local record stores in 1992. This would be the beginning of their label which would release music from the likes of Steven G. Lawrence, G-Macc, 2 Dope and G. Later, this label would release the early solo recordings from Professor Chill (now known as Mr. P Chill) and in recent years the new, solo projects from DJ Double Ace. In 1993 they releases another single, “What Was It For?” and an EP later that year called “The Crew Called 2”. In 1998 they would add a third group member, Kelly Reed, who sang on many of the hooks on their new material and would release their first and last full length album, entitled “You Can’t Stop Us”.
As a group they were only active from 1991-1999, but they have spent the better part of the past 20+ years working on various musical endeavors together. There have been a couple of reunion shows in the past year in their hometown of Sacramento, CA and the original duo have also discussed recording some new material, so who knows what the future for 2 Dope holds!
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Below is Mr. P Chill’s track by track breakdown of Persistence.
“I always have some sort of an intro on an album, usually a short song. This time I just wanted to create something that felt to me like’ the calm before the storm’, where I just explained why the album was titled Persistence. The songwriting process and recording of this record was very relaxed and laid back, which is not usually the case, so I wanted the intro to reflect this.”
“I have been making music for the better part of my life. I used to ‘hold back’ some lyrically as not to ‘ruffle any feathers’ or appear to be some sort of jerk. Now, the way I look at it, I have nothing to loose and I will speak my mind on issues and things regardless of what anyone else thinks. This song felt very liberating to write and record.”
“As with many of my past albums, there are always songs and undertones reflecting my political views and my dissatisfaction with the ‘establishment’ and how it affects the average person. This song is my call to action for people to stand up and start talking about the issues instead of hiding their head in the sand.
“The original version of this song came out last summer, right before I went on my second tour of the US that year. I did not want to release the same version I have been performing on tour for the past 12 months, so I got in the lab and made this remix of it. The song is a collaboration with two of my good friends and fellow emcees, Cleen and Max Bundles.”
“This song was just FUN! When I got home from the Mountains & Valleys Tour last summer, I spent several weeks in the studio just making beats. Some were good, others just sucked, but this one just made me feel good all over. I called up J.Smo on the phone the night I made it and had him come over to have a listen to it. We proceeded to write the hook and our respective verses that night. I also shot it out to some of my other friends who rhyme to bless it with their best ‘feel good’ party lyrics. Featured on this song are slam poet/emcee Forward, Max Bundles and my dude Lumis. Mike Colossal gets down on the cut on this one too. Every couple of albums I feel like having the ‘posse cut’ and I have not done one since 2011, so this was overdue.”
“This song was not mine when I originally wrote and recorded my verse in late 2012. My dude from Southern California, Jimmy Skee sent me this beat to write to about touring. I fell in love with it immediately and with my love of touring, the verse was very simple to write. I sent the verse off and thought that would be it until Jimmy Skee’s album dropped sometime in 2013. I caught up with Jimmy in LA over the summer of 2013 at a show and asked about the track. Jimmy told me that he was not going to finish it and that I could have it if I wanted. I was super stoked and had two of my friends who I KNOW have experience touring, J.Smo and Task1ne, drop verses about how the road is for them.”
“With success comes jealousy, and with jealousy comes bitterness and with bitterness comes all the talking behind people’s backs. Over the past several years I have done some amazing things with music. I am very proud of these things, however, some people feel that it is better smile in your face and talk behind your back rather than just fess up that they hate you or are jealous of your success. I was pretty angry when I wrote this and decided not to name names on this one as that would just give credit and shine to the haters and wack show promoters I am referring to on this song. Like I said at the beginning of the track, ‘if you think this song is about you, you need to have a good look at your life’.”
“I have been trying to step out of my ‘comfort zone’ with the beats that I write to and Thunder Clap is a good example of this. I wanted to see what I would sound like rhyming over a loud, synth heavy track that was not the normal, boom-bap that I usually get down with. J.Smo came through that night for the session and ended up dropping a verse on this one as well.”
“This was the first song I recorded with a beat from Finland’s Tozu. I heard this beat and got right to work on it, had Mike Colossal come through that night and record cuts on it and shot a copy overseas to Tozu as fast as I could. Tozu dug it and that was the beginning of several tracks I wrote and recorded to his amazing production.”
“This is one of the most personal tracks on this album. I made the beat in 2011 or 2012 and had been sitting on it for some time, not sure how to come at the beat with lyrics. I feel like I always have to make promises to myself to change things in my life that need improvement, so I just elaborated on some of these things. I talk about my struggle with getting older, my lack of financial sense and treating my wife with more respect when I return home from being gone on tour for over a month. I felt good when it was done, sort of like I am making a public commitment to these self-improvements.”
“I owe J.Smo for this song. Mid-October 2013 I hit a bad spell of writers block. No matter what I wrote, I hated. I spent a week in the studio, morning, noon and night trying to write what I was feeling inside and only could get the garbage to come out. One night I texted J.Smo to come over to have a writing session and drink some beer as sometimes working with another lyricist can sort of ‘jump start’ your creativity. Thanks to J.Smo and Hamm’s Beer, we ended this night both drunk and with a new song.”
“Lefty Rose and I go way back, probably about 10 years in the Sacramento music scene. We have talked and talked and talked of collaborating on music, but just never made it happen. Well, it finally happened. I asked Lefty to send me a beat, as I know his production is different and would cause me to write lyrics that were out of my normal comfort zone. I got this beat from him and the working title was ‘Lo Fi’ so I just went with it. It is the story of how it was for me when I first started to record and sell music back in 1992 and 1993 in Sacramento.”
“I wrote this one for my wife, Heather, not so much as a love ballad, but rather as a song recognizing what she does for me and the equal partnership our marriage has been for the past 4+ years. She is my hardest critic and my biggest supporter and always stays real with me about her opinion of my music and where my career is going. They always say that ‘behind every good man is a great woman’ and with my wife and I, it would be more like ‘next to every good man is a great woman’. I feel like too many folks look at marriage and relationships as a very one sided situation and I wanted to put a new perspective out there for both men and women to look at in regards to their own relationships.”
“The beat is from an up and coming producer that goes by Salaam Sounds. When I heard the beat, the lyrics just started coming to me, as I have seen a very disturbing trend in hip-hop music the past several years where rappers are performing live shows and bringing their music out on a CD or thumb drive with their vocals on them already. These guys just jump around on stage, practically lip syncing their live shows and people are buying into it like it is the acceptable thing to do. Back when I was first coming up in music, if I had shown up with my vocal tracks on the beat and just adlibbed over my rapping, I would have been tossed off the stage and ridiculed with no mercy. My close friend Lumis shares the same feelings on this issue so I invited him to get down on this track with me.”
“At the beginning of this song, I am letting off some steam about current stuff, then I end up exposing some of my skeletons that have been in my closet for over 20 years. Some of these things I am not very proud of, but they are part of my past, and my past is what created the ‘me’ that there is today, so I have to respect that. As I wrote, it just sort of came to me, like I was letting a giant weight off my chest. I was not sure if I was going to release or even record this song, but I am now glad that I did as it was a liberating experience.”
“So, exactly five days after this album comes out, I will be turning 40 years old. In the music business, it is considered ‘over the hill’ to many as music is often looked at as a young person’s game. I have been wrestling with my own issues with this milestone for the past couple of years. I used to not talk about my age and let people assume what they would assume. Most of the time, folks thought I was in my early 30’s and I would not usually correct them. As I thought more about this, I felt like I was living a lie to some degree, and that goes against everything that I believe in and make music for. Also, if anyone looks at my full discography, it goes back to 1992 and that would be a dead giveaway anyways. I just decided one day that I am going to just ‘own it’ at 40 and who cares what anyone else thinks or says.”
“This is ironic that it is the last track on the album as it was the last track I wrote and recorded for this record. I went to Mike Colossal, who produced this song, and told him that I wanted a super uplifting, positive beat. We got together and listened to some of the stuff that he had been working on and this beat stood out from the rest. I wanted to finish the album on a positive note as my life really has been wonderful as of late. The Good Life is a testament to the blessings that I have in my life, not just the material items, but more importantly, the family and friends that are a part of my life.”
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“Double Ace is coming back this summer with a new single, ‘Text N Drive (Out Of Control)’… a humorous look at his poor driving habits while pushing home a positive message to young folks about the dangers of texting while driving.”This is Michael’s first solo venture since his 1991 start in the world of hip-hop. He began his music career in Sacramento, Ca with the launch of a hip-hop group and independent label, recording studio by the same name of 2 Dope. He did all of this with his friend and business partner Bill Rhoten Jr. During this time Michael wrote songs, released 2 singles, an EP and a full-length album with the group, 2 Dope until 1998. Then in 2002 Michael began working as a DJ and backup vocalist for Bill as he began his solo run. By 2003 they had formed a full hip-hop band called, Mr. P Chill & Trunk of Funk, in which he continued to perform as the DJ and background vocalist until 2007. During that time the band performed several hundred shows throughout California, Nevada & Oregon and was nominated for a SAMMIE (Sacramento Music Award) 4 times.In addition to performing Michael is well adept to the business side of music. While running 2 Dope Records with his partner, Michael was working towards a Bachelors degree with a focus in the Entertainment industry. In 1998 he earned his B.S. in Business and Public Administration with a concentration is Arts & Entertainment Management from University of the Pacific. Upon graduation he held internships and positions at music businesses such as Fantasy Records, Monarch Records and the Concord Music Group. Currently DJ Double Ace is the COO of Unlimited Sounds Publishing & Distribution LLC. Despite his busy career Michael has continued to make time for his art and is looking forward to the possibilities of this latest project.
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Gudah is an eclectic hip-hop artist who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, mainly in the cities of Richmond and Vallejo. His love for music, writing and performing began early in life with writing poetry and he was influenced early on by the musical talents of Tupac,TooShort, Mac Dre, Wu-Tang, Outkast and many other diverse artists.
During his school years he helped form a group known as “Boss Crew: Brothers of the Same Struggle” who stayed together for 2 years performing regularly around the Bay Area. Boss Crew won many rap contests including one given by legendary Bay Area radio station 106.1 KMEL.
Unfortunately growing up on the rough streets of the Bay Area exposed Gudah to “other” influences besides the music. His brother being involved with Mac Dre’s renown Romper Room crew led Gudah to partake in certain criminal activities and eventually a stay in the California State Penitentiary. Luckily he was able to learn from his mistakes and gain a greater insight on life. With a second chance upon release he swore to teach others better, especially the youth, and fully pursue his true passions such as music.
Originally going by the name “Magoo” he continued writing, composing and recording songs in hopes of obtaining a record deal. He connected with another local artist Rich Rap, a member of Stooie Brothers, a group who travels with and opens up for Platinum Hip-Hop artist Baby Bash. During this time Gudah and Rich Rap resurrected the Boss Crew as a duo and went on to open up for Master P, Too Short, Digital Underground, E40 and others. They even landed an independent record deal and attained more widespread exposure.
Eventually he took another turn in his evolution in entertainment and established himself as the solo artist known today as “Gudah”.
Gudah has completed many projects including: mixtapes, full releases and music videos while traveling and performing. He was featured on the album of Billboard charting rap group Game Related. Most recent achievements include opening up for Baby Bash and performing in the role as DP of cinematography while putting out 3 high quality videos that can be found on the web and Youtube. He has been interviewed live on radio shows and has had his music played by djs in clubs across the United States.
Gudah continues on his journey as an artist and describes his music as “a diverse mix for different markets” including his current interest and focus on EDM. From that “have a good time, feel good music” appropriate for clubs and radio to something a little more” rough around the edges” for those who dig Mac Dre and Too Short his music captures the assorted emotions that life has to offer. His strength as a writer, video producer, performer as well as talent as a musician makes him well rounded in all areas of entertainment. More recently he has started a clothing line, Economx. He is a hard worker, hungry for every opportunity as he continues to push forward. Lookout for Gudah because you will definitely want to experience this rising star.