Color Me Black is a hip-hop collective comprised of an all star cast of Bay Area talent. The group came together in 2011 when producer team the Rondo Brothers approached successful Oakland MC’s the High Decibels (Duke the Bossman and Chief Mainy) about working on some new material. As the project developed and word spread, the group ended up incorporating world famous beatboxer Syzygy, another Oakland MC named Gordon Battles, and former Spearhead back-up singer Nazelah.
A seven person collective was created that held numerous creative, energetic studio sessions throughout 2011 to create a diverse collection of great hip hop tracks from the heart. Featuring amazing bass vocals and beatboxing from Syzygy as the underpinning of the group, Color Me Black’s sound ranges from old-school conscious hip-hop to futuristic trip-hop and beyond. Tracks like “All Up In My Bass”, “Godzilla”, “Can’t Come Down”, and “Bounce” sound like modern takes on gritty Blaxploitation soundtracks with tongue in cheek rhymes and astonishing sounds eminating from the mouth of Syzygy.
Other songs like “Many Moons” and “Blacklisted” feature dub-step breakdowns, emotional lyrics and choruses about life in Oakland, the travails of life in the music business, and loss. Platinum selling artist Mark Foster (Foster the People) guest produces on one song “Blacklisted” and adds a level of pop nuance to the track that puts a further twist on the concept. With regular performances at the infamous Tourette’s Without Regrets show, a great video filmed in SF and Oakland, and an undeniable talent pool, Color Me Black is establishing itself as a true Bay Area project: rappers, producers, singers and musicians who do things on their own terms and have something substantive to say.