Coley Cole

Coley Cole

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Coley Cole is an up-and-coming rapper with a breathtakingly fast lyrical delivery backed by his spectacular production. He has a totally original sound that combines rapid-fire verses that indie fans love with hard-hitting beats that are on par with the best of the mainstream.

Biography

“Goldplated Straightjackets is definitely a dark horse in the running for best breakout album in 2005.” – Performer Magazine (April 2005)

Coming out as one of the leading artists from the burgeoning Santa Cruz, CA hip-hop scene, Lost & Found Generation member Coley Cole is primed take the next step to national prominence. His solo debut album, Goldplated Straitjackets, and subsequent collaborations with Seattle group Grayskul, established him as one of the most innovative, unique and intriguing voices in contemporary underground hip-hop. Blending the elusive wordplay of Aesop Rock, the psychotic creativity of Kool Keith, with a powerful production style deeply rooted in the West Coast, Coley Cole sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard.

A native of Visalia, California, Coley cut his teeth in local battles, culminating in his being crowned champion of the prestigious Streetrock battle in 2001. 2001 was the same year that Coley joined the Santa Cruz based collective, Lost & Found Generation. The crew released their debut album the following year to critical praise, but label problems left it under-funded and under-promoted. Nevertheless, the crew was able to use that album as a foot-in-the-door, performing with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Dead Prez, De La Soul, and Twista.

Through his affiliation with LFG and extensive performing experience, Coley built relationships with many of the more prominent indie artists on the West Coast. Members of Living Legends, Grayskul, and Oldominion chime in with guest spots on Goldplated Straitjackets, an album that URB magazine gave four stars. Following up the success of his solo debut, Coley Cole produced two limited-edition albums for Grayskul, which were made exclusively for sale on tourdates. In late 2005, he joined Sleep of Oldominion on approximately 10 dates as part of the Knowmore.org Tour with Sage Francis and Sole. In January 2006, he joined Grayskul on the road for almost 40 dates across the country. For his first national tour, Coley introduced It’s A Hustle Vol. 1, a mixtape consisting of brand-new solo tracks, and over 20 Coley Cole-produced songs that feature artists such as Zion I, O.C. (DITC), Grayskul, and Lost & Found Generation.

While it would have been easy to latch onto the existing scenes in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Coley Cole is determined to bring national attention to his home, Central California. “There is a lot of talent waiting to be heard out here,” he says, “Whenever something is supposed go down in Central Cali, there ends up being problems… police shut it down, the shows get cancelled. That’s why a lot of the talent just ends up in LA or the Bay. But Central Cali is my home.” Surrounded by artists who are on the verge of stardom, and armed with both lyrical and beatmaking ability that sounds like nothing else in the marketplace, Coley Cole is poised to deliver on his promise.

Discography

Lost & Found Generation - Pacific Avenue LP (2003)
**Coley Cole is a primary member of the hip hop group Lost & Found Generation.

Coley Cole - Goldplated Hustla 12" b/w The Eternal Curse (2004)
**Lead single from Goldplated Straitjackets album that peaked in March 2005 on charts for Rap Network (#12), Rap Attack (#13), and Insomniac Magazine (#20).

Coley Cole - Goldplated Straitjackets LP (2005)
**4 Stars in URB Magazine. Features guest appearances by Grayskul, Aesop (Living Legends), Sleep, Oldominion, Lost & Found Generation, Diego Redd, and more.

Coley Cole - It's a Hustle Mixtape (2006)
**features new Coley Cole solo songs, plus Coley Cole produced tracks with Zion I, O.C. (DITC), Grayskul, Oldominion, and many more

Set List

Intro... It Starts
Roll Wit Me
Goldplated Straitjackets
Goldplated Hustla
Awesome
Rain
(acapella)
The Eternal Curse
Sequoia Slump
Patience Now Children
It's A Hustle
Hoods
Defibrillator

Most songs are 3-4 minutes in length. Set may change depending on whether or not artist has guests with him. A set can last anywhere from 25-60 minutes, depending on whether artist is an opener or headliner.