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CuzImDope

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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Apollo Music Café’s The New Class concert featured Likwuid along with fresh young underground talent served up in a classy speak-easy setting. It has a VIP environment with a black backdrop, similar to a small black box theatre. Some of my favorite performers for the night were: Cuzimdope, which were the skate boarding-attired duo that reminded me of the backpacker crowd that would pepper the audience back in the day when Likwuid and I would perform at the Bowery Poetry Club. One of the performers from the group donned an afro and looked like a young MJ. They performed three fun and highly energetic new cuts, “The Cable,” “We Get High,” and “Cold Cut Gyoza.” On stage they look like two kids on the playroom floor beating sticks on pots and pans, creating music for the first time. Their music harkened back to simplicity of the bass, kick and snare of early hip hop. - Helese Talks


Almost Anonymous

Almost Anonymous is a rap group based in New York City, Spencer and Sterling Wadsworth's hometown. Spencer, an AU sophomore, discusses his music and upcoming events for Almost Anonymous.

Why did you pick your name? How did you start getting into music?

My brother tries to always get credit for picking up the name, but I think it was our mom that came up with Almost Anonymous. She said something like “Oh, it’s like he’s Almost Anonymous," and we kind of just took it from there.

How did you start getting into music?

Music has always been a part of my life; in elementary school they made us take instruments. I played flute and my friend and I used to pretend to play. When I was in middle school my brother really started rapping, but what really got me into rapping was one night my friends and I decided to make a song. At first I was trying to just yell in the background but in the second song I wrote something that was pretty terrible but good for a 12-year-old, and it just kind of went from there. I started writing on the train and it just never stopped from there. I got into beat-making because I saw this video online that used this thing called an MBC to make a crazy beat and that inspired me to make beats.

What genre of music would you describe your style as?

'90s inspired hip hop with a modern edge to it. It is very '90s inspired because if you ask me, the '90s was probably the best time for hip hop but you know, things change. We’re not talking about the same things they talked about in the '90s now. It’s still hip hop though; hip hop is hip hop. I’m very inspired by jazz and funk and samba. You can definitely hear those types of sound in our music but that’s what hip hop is about: Taking other styles of music and making it your own. We make hip hop for the people that miss hip hop. If we’re ever in like the Top 40, our song is not going to sound like the other 39.

Do you write your own music?

Yeah, every verse that I’ve done is my own. Now and then my brother and I will try to help each other out but it’ll probably happen more in the future. If there’s a song where we go back and forth usually one of us writes the whole verse and then we’ll just memorize the lines that we have to perform.

Who or what would you say has the greatest influence on your musical style?

Probably my parents in all honesty, because they always put me on to the greatest music growing up. My mom loves Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Bob Marley and those were just like the stepping stones to putting me on to really good music. My father would play Mos Def and the Roots in the car, all the old school excellent acts. Because they put me on to really good music to start with, it encouraged me to check out other artists for myself down the line.

What’s your favorite part about being a musician?

I like people’s reactions to the music. I’d feel pretty good when someone tells me that they loved our album or that our beats are great; I really like hearing people reacting positively to our music. I also really like creating it. I really like the process of being in the studio and the whole process of it is really fun to do. It also really helps to get things out. I’m not really emotional in person but whenever I write it will bring all that out to a degree and it’s really fun to do. Performing is also the bomb, too.

What’s your least favorite part about being a musician?

Writer's block is the worst. I just heard a really good sample that I wanna try to make a beat out of but I don’t know how to chop it up or make something from it. Especially when you know it’s something really good that you can make something great out of.

Where is your favorite place to play in D.C.?

I’ve never played in D.C., but I’d love to play at the 9:30 club. That venue is awesome; I’ve seen shows there.

What is the strangest venue or gig you have ever played?

We opened for Tracy Morgan last year in March at Caroline’s on Broadway. It was great. I’m really happy we did it but it was the first time we performed to a sitting down crowd and the vibe was completely different. They were there for a comedy show, not a rap concert. There was also this really big guy sitting right near the stage who just looked so angry the whole show, and that was really hard to deal with because you’re trying to get the crowd amped. You have to get used to the sitting down crowd.

If you could play a show with any band or musician, who would it be?

Dead or alive, probably J Dilla. He’s a huge inspiration to me especially in terms of beat-making. All of his music, I can just tell that to see it live would be something else. I would just love to rap over his beats or something. Alive though it would probably be Mos Def; he’s probably my favorite artist ever.

Where can people find you and your music on the internet?

Cuzimdopemusic.com, YouTube cuzimdope and thing’s will show up. We just changed our name, we’re trying to make Cuz I’m Dope more like the ad lib, but Almost Anonymous is what we’re really going by.

Is there anything else you would like to share (i.e. merchandise, tours, new releases)?

YouCan’tSitWithUs, our debut tape, just came out August 27. It’s a really great mix, check it out. - The American Word


Almost Anonymous
Bronx native Spencer Wadsworth, a CAS sophomore, is an up-and-coming rapper with numerous stage names: Suspence, Mofro, Aloe Collins and many more. He and his brother, Sterling Wadsworth, make music as the duo Almost Anonymous and have performed as opening acts for Maybach Music Group and comedian Tracy Morgan.

The brothers released their self-titled debut album two months ago.

“We’ve been making music for a really long time,” Wadsworth said. “My brother’s been rapping for almost 10 years, I think. I’ve been rapping for six years, going on seven.”

Wadsworth is also an avid crate-digger, sharpening his beat-making skills by sampling a variety of genres. He cites producers J. Dilla and Damu the Fudgemunk as major influences.

“I’ve been making beats for three, four years now,” Wadsworth said. “When I look for a sample, I generally gravitate towards jazz, samba, funk, soul-type sounds.”

Wadsworth is considering producing for other rappers, but has decided to reserve certain tracks for Almost Anonymous.

“The beats are mainly for us, but there’s certain things going on right now that may involve me sending more beats to other people,” he said. “Now, do I send them the best stuff? Eh, probably not.” - The Eagle


Miss hip hop? Well I got good news for you, Bronx based group, Almost Anonymous, got you. Composed of brothers Suspence and Sterling Wadsworth handling the rhymes, they are here to remind you that hip-hop is still an evolving genre. The guys sent us over their new single, “ATIME” in which they flip a sample from the late James Brown.

What I really liked about the track was their old-skool NY flow over this rock x funk party anthem. Their delivery and cadences were equally as impressive giving their sound a fresh and innovative sound. Bottom line is that Almost Famous is pushing hip hop to the next level, and i aint complaining.

Check out the single below and find more tunes on their new mixtape, YCSWU, available for download at cuzimdopemusic.com. Also, look for a video of the single which will be released in the near future.

enjoY! - BoomBoomChik


Discography

YouCantSitWithUs! - August 27th, 2013
Singles:
-Invincible Summer
-Cold Cut f. Bcon
-ATIME
-Kickin' It (Shoryunken!)

Download Link:
http://www.audiomack.com/album/almost-anonymous/youcantsitwithus

ATIME Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqm3lF4GONI




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Boasting a sound that is both refreshing and innovative, CuzImDope is out for the gusto. With the brothers SpennyAlmost and Sterling Wadsworth, CuzImDope is here to remind you that hip-hop is still an evolving platform. They speak with mentality. They embrace hard work...but they still be getting gully on anyone that's against the cause.

The Caribbean kids from Inwood, New York have taken their talents all over the world, getting busy as far away from home as Australia and China. With performances opening for Tracy Morgan at Caroline's on Broadway, a sold-out house at the Apollo Music Cafe for CMJ Festival, or getting a placement in the movie "Flock of Dudes" starring Chris D'elia, Hilary Duff, Hannibal Buress and more, the brothers perform with integrity and intend to provide dope content with every opportunity presented to them.

Cuzimdope has a lot in store for 2019 & beyond. The first single of the year, "Chillwiddit (Pillow Talk Cover)" [Kid Cudi Cover], is now available on all streaming services. With singles, music videos, and an album on the way, you're not gonna wanna miss out on what these brothers have to offer.

The goal for CuzImDope is to experience success while remaining true to themselves. You won't see them making top 40 hits based on the other 39. They intend to change what mainstream hip-hop is.

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