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Inverse – So far (The Collection)

by DJSoulClap on January 4, 2008

This just got sent to me and I love it, no shit! A great album, plus its’s free! It’s real Hip Hop from the heart, you can hear their love for the music!! Until now, it’s my album of the year, lol!

Bio: Quote: Inverse is as real as it gets. Through songs that are upbeat, emotional, bracing and oftentimes lighthearted accounts of their true life experiences, the two California-bred rappers share distinct similarities and differences that form the basis and balance for their music. Rapping under their given names, emcees Toby and Tunji appear extremely different on the surface – one white, one black; one from a Jewish household, the other raised Muslim; one raised in Los Angeles, the other in the bay area by Nigerian parents. What they share is a passion for music that transcends any labels. With their honest brand of soulful, straightforward hip hop, the group is part of a newly emerging generation of artists born in the ’80s, raised by hip hop in the ’90s, and poised to help revitalize the culture in the 2000s.

Formed in early 2001, the group cut early demos and songs with Swedish producers Soul Supreme (KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock) and K-Laz while still in their teens, leading to internet acclaim and video airplay on MTV Europe (for “The Reason,” chosen as the single from K-Laz’s album The Soulsnatcher). The group spent the next few years playing shows all over California and forming alliances with rising hip hop artists QN5 Music (Tonedeff, CunninLynguists, Pack FM, Extended Famm, etc.), Brother Ali, Little Brother and Trek Life. Choosing to hone their mic and songwriting skills before officially releasing any music, the group recorded and shelved several songs before preparing their first project So Far, a collection of old and new songs and collaborations with close friends that introduces Tunji and Toby to the world. Not to be confused with their forthcoming debut album, the group describes So Far as “a look at who we are, what we’re about, and what we’ve been working on – 14 original songs, some old, some new, all Inverse.”

Readying their debut album Long Day’s Journey for a 2008 release, Inverse draws on influences as far-reaching as OutKast, Michael Jackson, Nina Simone, Atmosphere and The Beatles, but most importantly from themselves and the world around them. Executive produced by A Piece Of Strange Music (the production duo of Deacon The Villain and Kno), the album will feature collaborations with Brother Ali, CunninLynguists, 9th Wonder, M-Phazes and more. The music is refreshingly honest, soulful and raw, anchored by poignant, personal rhymes and catchy melodies. Tunji and Toby rap truthfully about happiness, pain and everything in between, sounding only like themselves. Though only just getting started, Inverse stands poised to help usher in the next phase of hip hop music – just make sure you remember the name.

The album contains 14 dope tracks, no skippers!!

1. So Far [produced by Yoel]
Violin by Paul Dateh, keys by Oren Yoel
Additional Vocals by Natalie Beglau
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook and Oren Yoel
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

2. Remember The Name [produced by Cook Classics]
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

3. Everything Is Beautiful [produced by Cook Classics]
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Additional Vocals by Noah King and Jean Curley
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

4. Spotlight feat. Just Will [produced by Decap]
Additional Vocals by Deacon The Villain and Dennis Mananquil
Scratches by Matt “MATTER” Seigel
Engineered at Temple (Beverly Hills, CA.)
Engineered by Matt “MATTER” Seigel, mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun, Toby Ganger, and William Heard

5. Til The End (C.A.L.I.) feat. Trek Life & Deacon The Villain [produced by Kno]
Guitar by Willie Eames
Engineered at The Boof (Pomona, CA.)
Engineered by Michael Gaertner, mixed by Kno
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun, Toby Ganger, Reginald Bruner, and Ryan Wisler

6. Constellation feat. A-Dub & Nieve [produced by M-Phazes]
Additional Vocals by Miriam Sasson
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun, Toby Ganger, Aaron Reed, and Steven Moseni

7. I Believe [produced by Decap]
Additional Vocals by Miriam Sasson
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun, Toby Ganger, and Miriam Sasson

8. We Can Fly feat. MUD [produced by Cook Classics]
Guitar and Bass by MUD
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun, Toby Ganger, and MUD

9. HipHopSoul feat. Noah King [produced by M-Phazes]
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun, Toby Ganger, and Noah King

10. Wanna Groove feat. Tatyana Ali [produced by MATTER]
Horn Arrangement: Robby Marshall, William Artope, Bruce Robb, Matt “MATTER” Seigel
B3 by Bruce Robb
Bass by Adam Yasmin
Drums by Daniel Yasmin
Guitar by Zach Throne
Keyboards by Christian Tincher
Percussion by Matt “MATTER” Seigel
Programming by Matt “MATTER” Seigel
Tenor Sax by Robby Marshall and Joe Robb
Trumpet by William Artope
Secret Weapon: Scott Bihlman
Additional vocals by Tatyana Ali
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger
Engineered at Cherokee Studios (Hollywood, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Matt “MATTER” Seigel and Bruce Robb
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

11. Sunnycalifornia [produced by Cook Classics]
Guitar by Joel Van Dijk
Bass by Joe Gonzales
Additional Vocals by Camille Wyatt
Engineered at The Beat Locker (Los Angeles, CA.)
Engineered and mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

12. Look Around [produced by Kno]
Engineered at Temple (Beverly Hills, CA.)
Engineered by Matt “MATTER” Seigel, mixed by Kno
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

13. All My Tomorrows [produced by Decap]
Engineered at Temple (Beverly Hills, CA.)
Engineered by Matt “MATTER” Seigel, mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

14. One Step [produced by Styalz Fuego]
Engineered at Temple (Beverly Hills, CA.)
Engineered by Matt “MATTER” Seigel, mixed by Cook
Lyrics by Olatunji Balogun and Toby Ganger

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Much love and a happy new year!!
SoulClap

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