The Lo Frequency

The Lo Frequency

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Brooklyn's premiere live hip-hop band. Chen Lo is the man. The Lo Frequency is the band. Liberation music is the movement. The band has a motto of "Live, Global, Education." Their stage show is incredible having played venues around the world. They also offer dynamic, interactive music workshops.

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Biography

The Lo Frequency (TLF) is a unique phenomenon in the world of music. This dynamic collective produces its distinctive sound by drawing from contemporary events, simple life experiences and musical influences across a myriad of genres such as hip hop, jazz, blues, soul, rock & roll, R&B, Afro-beat, and pop. Chen Lo and Ken White combined forces in 2007 to develop a hip hop ensemble that maintained the genre's core ingredients, while incorporating the texture of live instrumentation. Engaging, soulful and thought-provoking, The Lo Frequency has decades of musical experience among its members, and it is a musical entity destined to fit any bill and perform to the highest of standards.

The Lo Frequency, has toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Rhythm Road American Music Abroad program and has performed, implemented music/culture workshops and master classes in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Chen has also been a cultural envoy of hip-hop history, culture, and practice in Vietnam. Having recently returned from successful tours in Bahrain and Honduras, TLF is looking to book domestic and International dates for Spring/Summer 2012.

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Chen Lo (MC) is an artist, humanitarian, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur with a passion for purposeful music and art. After closely studying the methods of a young Nas, Black Moon and The Roots, Chen found stage life at the age of 15. He has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, Dead Prez, Common, Erykah Badu, KRS-ONE, Brand Nubian, Amanda Diva, A Tribe Called Quest, Xzibit and has done work with Abiodun Oyewole of the legendary Last Poets. To date, he has recorded notable collaborations with K’Naan, Murs Jean Grae, Chino Maurice and Ryan Leslie. His influences include Black Thought, Rakim, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. Chen Lo received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree in music from New York University.

Chen Lo's single "Brooklyn," was chosen as the lead single for the "Blackout" motion picture soundtrack (a BET/Paramount feature film). The video has been featured on BET'S 106 & Park and Rap City as well as various MTV Networks (MTV2, mtvU) and shows (YO! MTV Raps, The Lab, The Freshman). His follow-up single/video “Give It All Up” has also been featured on various networks. His artistic proficiency has led mainstream entities like MTV to request his services in various commercial campaigns that have yielded nine spots to date. In addition, he has been a frequent contributor to BETJ’s My Two Cents bringing his personal and professional wisdom the world. Most recently, his international work was featured on CBS Sunday Morning alongside Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck.

BAASSIK (bass) born and raised in New York, is a pioneering female bass player in hip hop. Her style is based in funk and old school R&B and incorporates elements of hip hop and rock. BAASSIK has performed with CL Smooth of Pete Rock & CL Smooth and played at various venues in New York City such as Sputnik, Joe’s Pub, Bushbaby, and Bowery Poetry Café. BAASSIK’s festival experience includes the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn, New York, Weeksville Festival, and Make Music New York 2009, among others.

DJ Scandales (turntablist/producer) originally from Queens, New York, took up the art of DJ’ing at age 12. Through his devoted practice in the art of scratching, cutting, and beat juggling, Scandales developed a passion for various genres and styles of music, as well as a keen interest in the music business. His formless and free sound has roots in hip hop, R&B, soul, Caribbean and Latin music. Scandales holds residencies on local radio shows and various clubs, and has worked with radio outlets such as 90.9 WONY, 90.9 WKRB, and Downshiftradio, as well as Chopper Dave (Element Skateboards), and Turntabletencies.com.

Ken White (drums and electronic triggers), originally from Ontario, Canada has been playing drums and percussion for over two decades. A variety of musical flavors, including Cuban rumba, West African drumming, Indian classical music and bhangra, influence White’s groove-based hip hop style. White has released a recording with his electro funk band, Comandante Zero which has performed in major venues in New York City as well as in London and Berlin. White holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from New York University where he studied the relationship between dance and music.

Shannon Grier (Vocalist) is a singer/songwriter and educator with an old soul. Born in Brooklyn but raised in Charlotte, NC, Shannon Grier experienced the boldness of the city and a much needed taste of southern hospitality. She was exposed to all types of music by her talented family throughout her upbringing and developed a serious appreciation for the

Lyrics

Float Away

Written By: C. Pettigrew, S. Grier

Float Away
Artist: The Lo Frequency
Album: The Export EP
Writers: C. Pettigrew, S. Grier
Composers: K. White, K. Clinton, H. Alakhun, P. Jennett

Caught up in a daze, a mental maze; a moment to dwell on fantasy
No delays, cruising airwaves; passing through the cloudy scene
It’s like your soaring above clouds, no slowing down, all good things a go
Then you find your way home; no holding on; to places never known

Chorus
Float Awaaaay……

V1
I gotta get away, just wanna lo/
Anywhere out of here where life is real slow/
Just need a little time and space to be free/
Out of the fast lane, the hussle is killin’ me/
I wanna zone out, watching the sunrise/
Taking a deep breath, thinking of good times/
I hope it ain’t too much, it’s really a small thing/
Feeling the wind blow, hearing the birds sing/

It’s like your soaring above clouds, no slowing down, all good things a go
Then you find your way home; no holding on; to places never known

Chorus
Float Awaaaay……

V2
Been in a good space, just hit a bad spot
Help me to numb the pain, how do I make it stop
Say it won’t long, tell me to float away
Whatever I ask for ain’t happening right away
Guess Imma dream on, cuz it could be worse still
Something to live for, this is how life feels
I wanna live more, lettin’ my light spill
I feel so alive whenever I stand still

It’s like your soaring above clouds, no slowing down, all good things a go
Then you find your way home; no holding on; to places never known

Bridge
Roaming endlessly through the galaxy; traveling a melody…yeah
Take me awaaaay….
I’m floating awaaaay….

It’s like your soaring above clouds, no slowing down, all good things a go
Then you find your way home; no holding on; to places never known

Chorus:
Float Awaaaay……

Think Of

Written By: C. Pettigrew S. Grier

Artist: The Lo Frequency
Album: The Export EP
Writers: C. Pettigrew, S. Grier
Composers: K. White, K. Clinton, H. Alakhun, P. Jennett

V1
Just think, Just think what if you could just, just, just blink yourself away
Just think, Just think, what if you could just, just, just be yourself today
Everyday we try to think of a scheme to pay/
You 9-5n it or you gon find ya away/
The preacher say he know the way you supposed to pray/
You afraid tryna think of the words to say/
Your mind staying on the way you supposed to be/
In the mirror you don’t see what you hope to see/
You aint fittin in ya skin so comfortably/
Even if it’s meant to fit you perfectly/
See anything I wanna be is inside of me/
And the one that hold the key that can set me free/
We all wonder what can make this life complete/
I say living in this dream eternally, that’s how I think/

V2
We want to be where the grass is greener,Where the sugar is sweeter/
Getting cash is easier, I don’t blame you either/
A thought turned to action can have it really appearin’/
I’m certain it can happen and seen the magic of dreamin’/
Even witnessed how ya thinking can alter your whole being/
And you behold beauty, it’s truly ya own feeling/
A thought’s like a prayer beware ready and willing/
To follow on a path that’s calling you to fulfill it/
Yeah everything your living’s a product of how you thinkin’/
Or someone else’s prison restricting a bigger vision/
The key to free ya mind is open ya heart and listen/
Cuz what you have inside is hidden by what you’re given/
I think the sweetest thing would be living what you believe in/
Go beyond the limit and visit imagination/
Color out the lines a risk that you never taken/
From one single ideal everything was created, I think...

Slide

Written By: C. Pettigrew, J. Kinsey

Song Title: Slide Ft. Jahmed

Artist: Chen Lo

Producer: DJ Metaphysics

Album: Footprints

Label: Liberation Music Group, Liberation EntertainmentGroup,

Come on stand up, Get yo hands up

Do that two step, Now you're dancin’

Keep that moving, I see yall groovin’

Feel the music, Join the movement

******

And Slide, yeah come on let's slide, yeah come on yeah comeon let's slide Slide...Slide...Slide

V1:

I'm in a place a lot of emcees wanna be/ on stage a crowd ofany number here in front me/ a DJ or band play with the accompany / u know whatit is, u know what it's going be/ we live for the live show, the lord of thelow flow/ silk in the rhythm like the sheen of ya soul glow/ All pro withfamily, a legend is so-Lo/symbol of the movement just call me a Lo-go/Lo GoTogo to Tokyo, old school/Gotta play the record in phono/ so cool, yall came tothe inferno/ yall move, as soon as you're hearing the horns blow

Hook:

Come on stand up, Get yo hands up

Do that two step, Now you're dancin’

Keep that moving, I see yall groovin’

Feel the music, Join the movement

X2

And Slide, yeah come on let's slide, yeah come on let'sslide

Slide...Slide...Slide

V2

We get the party live and open ya mind up/ move to the backleave the spot if you silent/space in the front strictly for the livest/ thatswhat you want homie you should be wilding/ we wilding/joint here is made foryour vibing/ u aint feeling this what the f&@k is ya problem/we're rockin,jazz funk afro hoppin/the beat knock land a sho shot to ya noggin/my voiceplant seeds so ya spirit'll blossom/we strugglin so you releasin yo innerhostage/ ride with us slide, get us out of this bondage/ let us know you withit, let us see your responses.

Hook:

Come on stand up, Get yo hands up

Do that two step, Now you're dancin’

Keep that moving, I see yall groovin’

Feel the music, Join the movement

X2

And Slide, yeah come on let's slide, yeah come on let'sslide

Slide...Slide...Slide

V3

breathe and stop your know flying with the don black astronaut

its the return of that soul train afro hip hop black leather jacket

rachete tucked in the sock Doug fresh spin move party youneva had Barack

Obama Dolemite smoking with du rags ladies wit new swag sexyand too bad

we grindin on the crew with no shoes and coach bags as longas the

drums beating ya skin sweatin this jam is like being inliving color

with Keenan, Fela, James Brown shakin off the demons thestage is

worldwide the first show is the evening

Gettin' Late

Written By: C. Pettigrew, S. Grier

Song Title: Gettin’ Late

Artist: The Lo Frequency

Writers: C. Pettigrew, S. Grier

Producers: The Lo Frequency

Album: The Export EP

Year: 2011

Hook: It's gettin' late, my body's debating, I can't let uknow, I can't let it show.

V1

We did dinner and then a movie/

And then I got caught in all the ways that you move me/

Now see part of me want to seduce you/

Cuz for a long time that’s what I’ve been used to/

Though the feeling is mutual/

Imma take it real slow and respect you/

I’m gonna take you home and then /

go my own way Imma leave you alone cuz it’s late/

Hook: It's gettin' late, my body's debating, I can't let uknow, I can't let it show.

V2

Sometimes I wear the feeling on my sleeve/

I see that you can read and that’s why I gotta leave

If I stay then we gonna conceive

Lady let me get out of here, I gotta breathe

Look Sis I want to be stronger

I probably shouldn’t stick around here any longer

We have time to finish anything that we started

I think it’s probably best if tonight we departed, it’s late

Hook: It's gettin' late, my body's debating, I can't let uknow, I can't let it show.

Bridge:

If we do the things we wanna do,

You know what we wanna do

Then we won't have much to build to....

Chen-Bridge

I wanna build with you, but look I ain’t tryna convinceyou,

We should do nothing that we can’t commit to

Or we should stop fronting and just do what we’re meantto

I’m not trying to force it cuz it’s something we’ll getto

My mind tells me to resist you,

Well then resist me

Because I don't wanna resent you no,

Don't resent me, don't’ resent me

And I know the best thing to do,

We know what we gotta do

Why in the hell did I just kiss you, you, you

I don’t know but I’m asking you

V3

It wasn't supposed to happen like this

But we were at your door and you hit me with a kiss

Now we’re on you couch and it’s zippers unzipped

Though we were holding out, but now we’re going in

Went straight to 2 quickly on our way to 10

I wanna feel ya love, but I want us to be friends

We both know enough to know how this all ends

My skin on your skin our complexions blend and then

Chorus

Peace

Written By: C. Pettigrew, S. Grier

Song: PEACE

Artist: Chen Lo

Producer: THE LO FREQUENCY

Album: THE EXPORT EP

Year: ã2011

Amandla Legacy Publishing

Lyrics

VERSE 1

People across the world, Stand up don’t be ignored

Let em know just what you want PEACE and nothing more

We gotta break these walls, divided just because

What really makes us strong, PEACE to one and all

What are we fighting for? Who’s going to stop the wars?

Apply a different force, PEACE is what we want

They say the globe is warm, it’s causing all the storms

A lot of nature lost, PEACE before it’s gone

Chorus:

PEACE, TELL EM WHAT YOU WANT PEACE

EVERYBODY NEEDS PEACE,

STAND UP AND GET YOUR PEACE,

TELL EM WHAT YOU WANT PEACE,

EVERYBODY LOVE PEACE

GOTTA FIGHT TO GET YOUR PEACE

VERSE 2

They spilling blood for oil, whatever’s valuable

The ones who want the biggest PIECE don’t share at all

These banks are getting more, people are losing homes

They better give the poor a PIECE and maybe more

These cops are on us hard, making and breaking laws

No justice there will be no PEACE, cuz that’s the call

These streets are living raw, like they don’t care at all

Come on you got to put yo PIECES on the floor

Chorus:

PEACE, TELL EM WHAT YOU WANT PEACE

EVERYBODY NEEDS PEACE,

STAND UP AND GET YOUR PEACE,

TELL EM WHAT YOU WANT PEACE,

EVERYBODY LOVE PEACE

GOTTA FIGHT TO GET YOUR PEACE

VERSE 3

Because of 44, the say the hate is gone

It never left the core, PEACE to right the wrongs

They say we came a long way where we started from

I’m asking where we going, PEACE even beyond

We gotta be the spark to get us out the dark

We all can play a part, PEACE, when will it start?

Say is it possible, or just impossible

We gotta choose it yall cuz PEACE ain’t optional

Chorus:

PEACE, TELL EM WHAT YOU WANT PEACE

EVERYBODY NEEDS PEACE,

STAND UP AND GET YOUR PEACE,

TELL EM WHAT YOU WANT PEACE,

EVERYBODY LOVE PEACE

GOTTA FIGHT TO GET YOUR PEACE

VERSE 4

This is a freedom song, will we all get along?

Maybe if we’re dropping PEACE instead of bombs

They say it’s time for change or will it stay the same

Can we at least just have a PIECE to play the game?

What are we leaving for the babies yet unborn?

I know before I’m gone PEACE is what I’m working on

We’re running out time, let’s not get left behind

Get yours cuz I’mma get my PIECE, PIECE, MY PEACE OF MIND

Bridge:

If everyday we strive for peace, I believe we will defeat

The craziness in this world

Taking full responsibility, not blaming you or me somebodyhas to be strong

If everyday we strive for peace, I believe we will defeat

The craziness in this world

Taking full responsibility, not blaming you or me somebodyhas to stand TALL

PEACE, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE

Discography

"Traditions" 2011- International Single
The Export EP 2011

Set List

The Lo Frequency has performed sets domestically and internationally ranging from 30-90 minutes. Below is list of a current 1 hour set.

SONG TITLE

Intro -- Start the Show--TLF
Know the Ledge Freestyle live
Look for the Light--TLF
Leon Ware -- Band Introduction
Think Of--TLF
Real Thing--TLF
Roots--TLF
Interlude--TLF
Float Away--TLF
Getting Late/So Good--TLF
Everything--TLF
POP (People on Posters)-TLF
Peace --TLF
DJ demonstration --TLF
Hip Hop Classics Montage --TLF
Party --TLF
Slide --TLF
Santana --TLF
END