NON*P

NON*P

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Our music is energetic, positive, and inspiring Hip- Hop with an acoustic twist. It's got substance and purpose. It's a bit of Jason Mraz, splashed with a little Kanye West, with a dash of Black Eyed Peas.

Biography

NONPAREILYX (non/pair/a/licks), aka NON*P’s, name means "unparalleled" or "unmatchable" lyrics. To some it's become synonymous with boundless amounts of energy charged with a magnetic charisma uncharacteristic of Hip Hop groups of late. “They have the most energetic show I’ve seen from a hip hop group in a long time! It was amazing! I’m impressed!” -- Serena Kim, Vibe magazine. To others, it's the left-of-center sound that has captivated audiences from the Pacific Northwest to New York and as far down as Arizona and Southern California. To the three creators of it all, it's their artistic expression of what saved them from life’s trials.

The brothers, CC (Chris) and Tai (A’shanti), grew up in San Jose, CA. While they attended school and worked, they made extra cash modeling with a local Bay Area agency and rhyming. Their world was turned upside down when they were forced to be on there own at the age of 16. They spent the next three years of their lives sleeping on people’s floors, couches, and in their car. Out of money, out of places to crash, and no hope of returning to school . . . their desire to succeed ushered them to Seattle. “We were in desperate need of help and had no one but each other,” said Tai. “A friend’s mom said we could stay with her for a little while, and I guess we felt there would be something better for us there. We never expected it would be Kyle.”

K-Style (Kyle) was on his own since the age of 16. He wasn’t too close with his mother, and his father was battling drugs and alcoholism. He found his home amongst friends in a nearly condemned house in Kenmore, WA. It was in that dilapidated house that he began to hone his emcee-ing skills. He threw huge house parties and battled all other emcees in the area. Everything came to an abrupt end when, one day, he found himself in serious trouble with the law. A close friend’s father took him under his wing, and put him on a more positive path. He decided he would concentrate solely on his music to keep him out of trouble.

The opportunity to showcase their talents on a local Seattle compilation album brought the three together. “The chemistry was there from the beginning. We all challenged each other to be better, despite what we’d been through. We knew we had something special,” said CC. The three worked together to purchase their own equipment, moved in together, and started laying the foundation of their “NON*P sound.” Their jobs interfered with what they wanted to achieve with their music, so they quit. They took the last two hundred dollars they had and burned 200 copies of their songs. They sold all 200 copies hand-to-hand out of back packs and their car. They did this until they could buy T-shirts, posters, flyers, a website, 1000 pro-fessionally pressed albums, and enough money to pay their rent. They jumped in the car and sold their music throughout the West Coast.

The three became an inseparable staple of the Seattle Hip Hop scene in 2000-2003 with the release of their first independent album, No Equal, and continued to increase their fan base with their follow up releases: The Soundtrack ('03), Nonpareilyx ('04), and The NON*P mix tape Vol. 1 ('05) and Vol. 2 (’06). Their creative, high-energy performances landed them on stages in New York, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and several SoCal nightclubs.

After gaining popularity in Seattle, NON*P (CC, Tai, and K-Style) made the move to Southern California to expand their fan base. Now favorites in the Orange County club scene, NON*P is garnering major exposure in the L.A. scene, due to their amazingly upbeat, positive acoustic sound. NON*P has shared the stage with artists such as: Nick Carter, Soulja Boy, Nappy Roots, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, and Wyclef Jean.

The appeal of their music has earned NON*P song placements on: CSI Miami, Point Pleasant, Big Brother, FLOW: Urban Dance Uprising (Xbox/ PS2), and Jennifer Lopez’s Dance Life on MTV. They have also been played through international media outlets in such countries as: Australia, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Finland, France, and the United Kingdom.

Currently in the studio, K-Style, CC, and Tai are putting the finishing touches on their 4th album, currently titled FORE! Still the trademark NON*P project, this album is set to further blur the line between Commercial and Underground hip hop; while delivering NON*P's a-typical, creative sound and subject matter to the masses.

“We want to show people that you can rise above hard times, as long as you have dreams to push you,” offered Tai. The three young men who embody this group believe they’re on the path to success, and the formula is as clear as your belief in you.

Lyrics

Ready or Not

Written By: C. Jenkins, A. Jenkins, K. Bluff

Tai: I feel like we the only group left / who's gone and went left / switch the format with acoustic beats / yup / Who is beatin the beat necks / with beats to beat necks / from hicks to beatniks / we ridiculous / yeah / and ya'll gon like this watch / we spittin righteous talk / and you gon dance some / whether you is ready or not / we 3 handsome / we gon handsome / heat back to the fans some / with unbelievable passion.

CC: You should've planned some / NONP's ready for action / holding the industry hostage / but ask for no ransom / it's no mystery / spit with us / you're history / with a mix of talents and beats / we are what your clique could be / our flow simply / blows foes to smithereens / over a looped beat / or with a whole symphony / ready or not we're coming / matter of fact / we're here / coming to get ya get ya / I suggest you disappear

CHORUS: Ready or not / we gon come getchya / you can't run we gon find a way to / we

Holdin it down / we gon come getchya / don't hide / don't breath / X2

KY: Yo this is Nonp, And the music will grab ya - Move with the masters MT's tunes will sooth to the rafters - Do what we hafta, this journey's like a movie around us loosen amounts of - Sleep, from the newly released. Move and then bounce some, Initially KY never missed a beat so say I gotta bring it to the streets and stay live cmon
- Ask BC how easily Nonp can stack up - Were like 3 brainiacs amazing act of 3 that stay fly - Watch us as we navigate, Ha ha ha ha holler if you follow scholars - Not ballen with dollars but droppen knowledge yup - The next ish guitars and poetry, loaded with heat - Potently rollen the beats, folden the streets - Nope we aint signen, cuz flows just aint dimonds
- And know well change climates expose your fake rhymin' and Oh -
It takes timing and we got nothing but time so turn this music up -
Make sure the beats just bump when we rhyme so get ready...

CHORUS: Ready or not / we gon come getchya / you can't run we gon find a way to / we

Holdin it down / we gon come getchya / don't hide / don't breath / X2

BRIDGE: Ready or not here we / come see how hot NonP / is so hot right now / you see how we get down / X2

CC: From out of left field / or left-of-center / you'll want to rep and present a sound / from the epicenter / ya / gon' move to the music / proves these dudes are the truest / even if you're hating / can barely keep your feet from moving / so hot! / transform the game like Optimus and Go-Bots / but remaining the same / you like it or not / no obstacles will stop us from dropping jewels / your rosters dropping dudes / we drop hits / every time we hock spitew!

Tai: Guess who's comin / Ready or not / unless you were in Olympics for track / you can't run / we gon find a way to bring it back / holdin it down / we holdin it down / movin at light speed to the top with an emotional sound / if you put your hands up / then we'll do the rest yes / we're musicals best bet / we'll move you the best bet / you you can't win / the pressure is mountin / we'll bless you with count ten / we'll catch you on count ten / yeah

CHORUS: Ready or not / we gon come getchya / you can't run we gon find a way to / we

Holdin it down / we gon come getchya / don't hide / don't breath / X2

Rainfall

Written By: C. Jenkins, A. Jenkins, K. Bluff

Tai: So what motivates you besides paychecks and fifths of Hen / You got paid but still feel like shit again / How could things so empty make you feel fulfilled-your stearing your life wrong, you might get killed at the wheel / you got your eyes wide open / but still ain't seein / the full picture / that's because your just peekin / got the word like a deacon / burns when I'm speakin / stains in your mind like when hard waters leakin / I'm far from preachin / was a lost soul myself / til recent / life ain't bout material wealth and just receiving / lifes about preserving your health / and feelin freedom / but when the rain falls down you let yourself give in / and hit the ground with your face cupped in your hands / and now your gonna drown in a bottle of hen and wait for your paycheck to come in.

Chorus: When the rain / rain falls down / why do we / blame ourselves / why can't we / We fall down / brush it off / embrace ourselves / when the rain.

CC: I've been broken / felt like I've been drug through the dirt / defeated in pain / held my hands and prayed for the rain / to cleanse what ails / seems like everything else has failed / drenched in tears / I may as well drown my sorrows as well / soaked in negativity / little drops of hope trickling down / washes worries / lifts the weight from my brow / the father showers me / now I feel the power within / warmth spreading underneath my ever dampening skin / won't give in to surrounding pressure / cuz stress gets to your mind / despite your best efforts / sometimes you've got to give in / let it come down around you / clear emotions to gain / a more profound view / storms brew to clear the stains of the prior days / making way for the suns rays / when it's hard / and you just want to wash the pain away / look to the sky / and pray for the rain. . .

Chorus: When the rain / rain falls down / why do we / blame ourselves / why can't we / We fall down / brush it off / embrace ourselves / when the rain.

KY: When the rain falls al that remains, are people that push on, and ones that wallow in pain. Were all to blame in someone else's train of thinking, you can be the cause, before you think of blinking. The rain can become reasons to be thankful for what you got, or the destroyer of everything that you might have sought. It solely depends on your personal perception, hoisted to enjoy accomplishments or cursed with depression. So make a decision. Cuz I envision being dowsed with rains a chance to be grateful for a house to change in, some friends who love you or some legs to walk, so I can't be sad that you scuffed your Jacob watch you know. Some times perception is deceiving so the lesson its leaving is check what you're blessed with before you get to grieving, cuz kids are born without ability of thinking and families get torn cuz parents just cant stop drinking, push on!

Chorus: When the rain / rain falls down / why do we / blame ourselves / why can't we / We fall down / brush it off / embrace ourselves / when the rain.

Hide Away

Written By: C. Jenkins, A. Jenkins, K. Bluff

CC: For the times when life seems it's turned it's back on you | you get smacked down when feeling you speak out for truth | stand tall | every effort eventually escalates you to a form of success other only hope to relate to | many will question the direction that you're heading in | cuz their lost and let negatives get the best of 'em | don't run and hide away | your future becomes yesterday | the only way to make it's if you do your very best today.

Tai: Man / ain't nothing wrong with day dreamin / i stay sleepin / and pray things will play the same way my brain thinks them / then i wake to see reality sucks / my value is what / and where ever my salaries cut/ im light headed / so i can keep my head in the clouds / people can be discouraging / i hope i never come down / im starin around / and watchin all the elderly cry / alive at 60 and never lived a day in they lives.

Chorus:
DO YOU FEEL LIKE / YOU GOTTA RUN AWAY FROM / WHAT YOU REALLY WANT SO / YOU JUST

HIDE AWAY / HIDE AWAY / DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WILL NOT BECOME WHAT / WHAT YOU / REALLY WANT SO / YOU JUST HIDE AWAY.

KY: This song isnt about music, its just about using, your gift to arouse you to uplift your moral. To get the strength to allow, you to amount to a proud person, souls no longer malnourished, the moment you bow, you'll just admit that your doubt hindered you, your better now given, you know that without heart, you would have quit without liven. funny how us kids coming from lower class areas, know that talents all we got so we take dreams even more serious

CC: Show the world what you're made of is more than DNA make up | will, determination, a spirit they'll never break up | words discourage | they can also uplift | some will be touched by this verse and | some it'll miss | reaching for the stars will leave your shoulders aching at times | but it's better than having the weight of what if on your mind | a fall from heaven is better than life led on the cement | realize your potential | lead your life how you see fit.

Chorus:
DO YOU FEEL LIKE / YOU GOTTA RUN AWAY FROM / WHAT YOU REALLY WANT SO / YOU JUST
HIDE AWAY / HIDE AWAY / DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WILL NOT BECOME WHAT / WHAT YOU / REALLY WANT SO / YOU JUST HIDE AWAY.

KY: People are scaired of steppen out the box, without the rocks to step and test the most unorthodox ,to just enforce the loss of hopes of soaring to the stars. i guess the corse plus the odds will hinder force of heart. the torque that draws me to this sport is people doubting us. allowingme to hush the crouds leavem in clouds of dust. the mountianus terrains just make me pull my trousers up. i aint the man that i was when droppen out and such. Im undeniable

Tai: Im feelin you / at times life can get miserable / it's critical / you know life can not finish you / just hender you / bad mouth words can not injure you / listen to / your intuition cuz your killin you / thinkin
that everyone else may know what's best for you / turn your back on your dreams cuz that's what your told to do / wait / who in they right minds would fight destiny / when your destined to be / what ever you were blessed to be.

Chorus:
DO YOU FEEL LIKE / YOU GOTTA RUN AWAY FROM / WHAT YOU REALLY WANT SO / YOU JUST
HIDE AWAY / HIDE AWAY / DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WILL NOT BECOME WHAT / WHAT YOU / REALLY WANT SO / YOU JUST HIDE AWAY. x2

Discography

No Equal (LP '01)
The Soundtrack (LP '03)
NONPAREILYX (LP '04)
The NONP Mixtape Vol. 1 (EP '05)
The NONP Mixtape Vol. 2 (EP '06)
N.O.N.P. (the Ah-Ha) [single]
Rich Gilr ft. Michael Brian [single]
The Heat (streaming)
Rainfall (streaming)
Hide Away (streaming)
What's Up Now? (streaming)
Ready or Not (streaming)

Set List

All original music. We typically rock a 25-30 min set.
The song set varies, but flows a bit like this:
Ready or Not
Rainfall
Let's Get Away
Skies the Limit
Summer Time
Hide Away
Plus an Encore song.