Groundbreaking rapper RedCloud is prepping for the release of his third album, the highly anticipated Hawthornes Most Wanted. The Los Angeles area-based artist hopes to move rap forward by looking toward its past.
Original hip-hop was uplifting and positive, says RedCloud, whose first two albums, 2001s Is This Thing On? and 2003s Traveling Circus, have sold more than 40,000 copies collectively. It gave somebody hope and changed peoples lives. It was street poetry that anybody could relate to. Now, people are rapping about things that your average person cant relate to -- the cars, the diamonds, the money. I rap about average person stories, issues that people dont usually deal with. I want to let them know whats going on. Advertisement
The Indigenous-Mexican rapper has three singles kicking off Hawthornes Most Wanted. The funky Tapatio features RedCloud and Pigeon John trading braggadocio rhymes, while the thumping Guns & Roses, which presents RedCloud alongside heavyweight guests Jayo Felony, Eek-A-Mouse and Tonex, examines spiritual topics. 405, with Lord Zen and Dannu of the Visionaries, allows RedCloud to salute the famous California highway that connects several prominent cities, including Los Angeles and San Diego.
If RedCloud seems to have an affinity for the road, theres a reason A touring machine, RedCloud is slated to perform more than 140 shows in 2007. His constant touring has helped expose his high quality, dynamic songs to fans thirsty for meaningful music.
Hes really creative with how he writes, says Timothy J. Trudeau, president of Syntax Records. I still love hip-hop, but its getting to point where Im not impressed with lyricism anymore. With RedCloud, he can do basic stuff, and he can get ridiculously complex. Im a fan of his music first. It just so happens that he makes business sense, too. You put it all together and its a no-brainer.