Code Red

Code Red

BandHip HopReggae

Code Red mixes the organic, authentic hip hop sound of Kanye West, the pop sensibility of Black Eyed Peas, & the street swagger of Jay-Z.


• 3 songs remixed for ESPN for use during '06 - '07 college basketball season and NCAA Tournament
• Exclusive Tracks for
• Music featured on MTV's "Yo Momma"
• First single "Summer Jam" reached #66 on Mainstream Hit Top 100
• Winner: Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit
• Best of Louisville Winner: LEO Weekly
• Numerous Half Time Shows to crowds of 20,000 - 45,000
• Multiple National College Showcases
• NFL, NBA, Fox Sports, CBS Sports Radio, and NASCAR are "All Aboard"

Formed from the deep indie talent pool of Louisville, Kentucky, Code Red has been the crew to contend with since 1998. With the musical motto “Not Confined, Not Defined,” Code Red bridges the hip hop generation gap with healthy reverence for old school as well as daring reflections of the new school. The result? Their debut album, All Aboard, on Toucan Cove Entertainment/Label X is one of the most eagerly anticipated.

El One Wise, a prolific MC, and Junior Dread, a Jamaican Reggae artist, though having completely different backgrounds, had a mutual desire to create a fresh, pure sound that embraced all the possibilities of lyrics and beats. With El One’s worldly vision and Dread’s fiery energy, the foundation for Code Red was laid. After recruiting super-producer Watz, whose production confidence is matched only by his sense of humor, the group independently released an EP that was recognized for both bangin' rhythm tracks and great hooks. Soon after, the offbeat and experimental MC Manfred joined the crew, and the community started buzzing about Code Red - one of the livest hip hop groups on the come up.

For All Aboard, Label X’s Todd Smith, highly respected for his rock and pop production work, accepted the challenge of aurally capturing four completely unique personalities while keeping the tracks bumping for the heads who like it pure. “Todd understood that our differences make the music unique. Everyone, Todd included, contributed to this album, which is why even though we don’t spit one particular style, every track is Code Red style,” said El One.

From the hard edged mic annihilation on “Elbow Room” and “Atomic” to the playfully frenetic lyrical onslaught of “Let Yo Hair Down,” All Board showcases intense interaction between the MCs, neckbending beats and tight production. Continued El One, “Every track is Code Red with a twist…it's consistent, but you're not going to hear the same thing 14 times in a row. We went in a lot of directions, but in the end, it’s all true to who we are.”

What’s also true to Code Red is social commentary. Last spring, “Gimme a Reason” was released to radio, and the resulting response was indicative of Code Red’s impact. The song is about war, particularly the current Iraqi War, but really about any military conflict, and how the conflict becomes internal to soldiers. “It’s not anti-war or anti-soldier. It shows the dual face of being in the military and what real soldiers think,” explained El One, who is not an outsider, but a soldier himself. As is Dread. Both were Army men stationed at Fort Knox, and while El has been in military life longer than civilian life, Dread is a Desert Storm vet. Both walk the walk, and talking the talk created a song that keeps listeners thinking and remembering.

Code Red live shows are unforgettable, a power surge that has heated the stage for 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Nelly, Chris Brown, Wyclef Jean, Mystikal, Nappy Roots, and Atmosphere to name only a few.


"Summer Jam" #66 on the Mainstream Hit Top 100 with nation wide spins.

Diggin' For What? EP (1999)
Since Forever...'Til Forever (2002)
Reinventing the Game Mix CD Hosted by Bigga Rankin (2006)
All Aboard (2006)

Set List

A variety of sets are available.

Typical headlining set is 45 min to 1.5 hours
20-30 min sets if booked as opening act

Clean and Explicit sets available

Can customize to fit your event