Snares Hooks & Rhyme Books
What exactly is the Box Track? Would a stripper really sit on a woofer? Just two of the questions answered by Thaddeus James in the second release from Notebook Noise. The 2009 Debonair Wit project has been put together over 49 NN sessions, taking 4-6 hours almost every week, throughout the last year; adding up to 14 new tracks and a slew of steady buzz: one of URB magazine's Next 1000, Michelle Centeno says "An earful of melodies, Notebook Noise is a concoction of jazz, funk, and hip hop... ' while the classic 'Chronic Snooper' drew the following praise 'There really isn't much I could suggest musically that could help this be any stronger than it already is.' - Graig Streaman, Manager, A&R for TAXI. With new videos popping up all over the internet and new gigs racking up in the calendar, NN seems to have the world turning to take a good look and listen; from Chicago, all the way across the water to a new found following in the UK. DJ's are starting to spin NN, and with new remixes and club tracks on the EP the concrete is setting for the foundations of a great new Midwest hip-hop band. The Notebook Noise core members: John Gray aka Johnasaurus Rex; and Thaddeus James aka Jeff Mroz, got real organic on the Debonair Wit EP. Production was hands-on and as fast as lightening with John seeming to be in some other world to bring the songs to life. The basic idea would be thought of for about a minute, and then within a half hour the songs would be living, breathing, soul-seeking monsters; complete with bass-lines and synth breaks. It seemed that there was left over energy from Snares, Hooks and Rhyme Books (08 Mother Brain) still hovering in that smoky basement studio. Frank Clayton aka FCP had a heavy musical effect on all the previous projects, but with a new distance between his Chicago apartment and the studio it looked at one time that he wouldn't make it onto the album. No fear - a FCP vs. NN remix has made it's way to the track listing. What starts the EP may, in fact, be the oddest addition of folklore and legend for the NN crew, as it's based on The Simpsons. 'Nuclear Dro' and' Super Nintendo Chalmers (Nuclear Dro-ish)' are the alpha and omega of a seven track mini-album based on a drug caper involving characters from the cartoon. The album even features remixes by Chicago music producer Asa Phleps - a perfect fit as his moniker is based on the same cartoon that sparked the idea for the project. John's Mother Brain Productions and it's camp of assassins has also had a strong presence throughout and, most importantly - this album is a free download. Notebook Noise also has a lock on it's art. Graphic artist Joe Sampson visually heightened Snares, Hooks and Rhyme Books to an immeasurable platform, and to imagine that album with any other artwork would rock the earth right off it's axis. This time, Mother Brain basement-dweller and graphic artist Cherice Campbell took on the daunting task of bringing Debonair Wit to life. The concept features NN in the studio office with Thaddeus pouring a drink at the bar, John with drink in hand at a piano - giving you a visual sense of what is 'Debonair Wit'.