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Noodle the Innocent Child

Peekskill, New York, United States | SELF

Peekskill, New York, United States | SELF
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New York rapper, Noodle the Innocent Child, will soon release his debut album, It’s a Noo Day, and despite his name, this young man’s talent is grown, and the lyrical content is far from childish. You do get a touch of innocence, but it’s more like the purity of something or someone’s that’s fresh/new rather than ignorance’s gullibility.

We got a chance to listen to the album and listed the top 5 tracks that we loved, below. Check out our thoughts, buy the album, and then tell us how right we are – all egos need stroking.

The album starts out with, “It’s a N00 Day”, a track that samples Anthony Newly and Leslie Bricusse’s “Feeling Good”, and moves right into “Celebrate Life” an upbeat track that was meant for the summertime, Ella Lazel does her thing on the chorus as Noodle asks you to take a minute to forget all the troubles and the ills and love what you have. “Ride with Me” displays his ability to ride the beat, he switches it up a couple of times, and never misses over M-Nasty’s addictive beat. This song deserves at minimum a couple of replays.

“Time Machine” is admittedly a tad quirky, but it cements what you have been hearing all album long, Noodle truly appreciates hip-hop’s history. With samples from Nas’ “It Aint Hard To Tell” to Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” the track takes you through the history of hip-hop and its inspiration all the way down to the 60s and the Grandfather of Soul, James Brown. “914” is an ode to the New York zip code, featuring Cyph-Low, R. Haze, and Young Guito (who before his verse exits says, “Fuck how tough you think you is, you’ll get shot like Pac if you think you Big”, clever, no?). The album closes on a high note with Domini-produced, “End of the Day”, N00dle reminisces on the days that created him into the emcee who graces our ears.

Fellow Peekskill, New Yorker,M-Nasty produced all of the songs with the exception of New Mill, who produced, “My City”, and Domini who takes over on the “End of Day” track.

Overall it wasn’t easy to give the top five from this good debut album, and there are plenty more on the 16 track album to talk about. I hestitate to use the word “real” because of its complete overuse and apparently slack definition, so when I say Noodles is authentic, I mean that he doesn’t follow any particular set mold or ridiculous stereotype. Throughout the album the only personality he evokes is his own, and the listener reaps the benefits, getting introduced to honesty of the rarest kind. Take a journey through a day in the life of N00dle, and buy the album. - Eardrum Krushez


Rap fans who enjoyed DCT & Just Us's Sonic the Hedgehog 3 OC ReMix, "Memories Frozen in Time" wanna check out the new mixtape from two out of the three members of Just Us. Andre "N00dle" Rainey and Steve "Feature MC" Roberts have teamed up as Escape Route for their newest album, Change Gonna Come...

With guest appearances by a number of artists, including fellow Just Us member VanElliott "CYPH-LOW" Chambless, N00dle has been pimping the album left and right to anyone who'll listen. If you're a rap fan, you won't be wasting your time.

For some of the tracks, the production lacked some polish that I would have pushed for, but favorites of mind included "Give Me Wings," the slick beats of "Another Everyday," and the subtle bass work of "What’s Goin On?," and the groove-driven "I'm a Ride." Besides the great music sampled and reworked for the mixtape, every one of those tracks plays to Escape Route's most significant strength: fashioning personal, heartfelt, intelligent lyrics. If you don't believe me, listen up. - VGFrequency.com


A long time Manny Faces/Birthplace Magazine supporter and friend to the site, DCT from Urbanizm Music sent over the latest track from Urbanizm artist Noodle the Innocent Child, from Peekskill. Produced by fellow Peekskillian (?) M-Nasty with an appearance from E. Lazel, the song is “Celebrate Life“, off of his upcoming release It’s a N00 Day. Here’s the progression of me listening to this song for the first time:

1. Cute beat, kinda campy
2. Thugs won’t like this
3. Nice drums
4. Family friendly flow
5. That’s three F’s. How many more can I do? Freakishly fabulous, fantastic … fu*k that’s all I can think of…
6. Oh nice lil’ chorus. Very Ashanti-like. I dig. Ah, forget the thugs.. This is kinda cool..
7. I can DEFINITELY see this placed in a movie, some coming of age hip-hop-related movie, at the end, after the guy and the girl hook up, and the dance crew all win, and everyone’s at the community center for the big barbecue..
8. And that’s not to be funny, I can seriously see this in a movie.
9. Flow’s really not bad. Campyness made it sound a little less rugged, but the dude can spit a lil’ somethin.. And it’s a feel-good song. I like this.
10. I’m kinda feeling this more than I initially thought I would…
11. Oh it’s ending :(
12. Run it back!
13. Yea, I like this. Good, cuz I would have been honest, even though DCT an’ ‘nem are cool…
14. Working on something else but nodding to this. Song has a cool vibe. I want to be at this video shoot.
15. Run it back again!
16. Yea, this is kinda dope. I’m definitely liking it.
17. Turned it off. Worked on a bunch of things, came back, wrote this up, played it again and……
18. Yea man. I still like it. When non-rap-listening-people say there is nothing but negativity in rap, we a) know how ignorant that is, and b) should send them this song.

Anyway, well-produced and nicely done. Will definitely be checking for Noodle an’ ‘nem. - Birthplace Magazine


Discography

"It's a Noo Day" (debut album)
Released April 9, 2010 - http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/its-a-noo-day/id357695350

"Escape Route: Change Gonna Come..." (mixtape with Feature MC)
Released February 2008 - http://escaperoute.itsanooday.com

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Displaying an artistic maturity beyond his 26 years, Andre Rainey – better known as Noodle the Innocent Child – is beginning to leave his mark on the music industry, sparking a much-needed resurrection for positive and inspirational Hip Hop. Born in New York but having travelled from a young age, Noodle has been greatly inspired by the cultural and artistic diversity that has always surrounded him, which in turn is reflected in his unique brand of music.

Living proof that we are not defined by the obstacles we face but rather how we overcome them, Noodle was determined not to let any difficulties (personal or professional) stand between him and the dream he had worked so tirelessly to pursue. Displaying his characteristic drive, passion and ambition, the talented young emcee’s popularity with promoters, fellow artists and deejays alike is only tribute to his outstanding work ethic. This extremely hard-working nature has allowed Noodle to perfect his craft, most notably his versatile rhyming style.
It is this original, individual style and his undying optimism that render Noodle a particularly remarkable artist. His ability to inject true emotion into his music through both his delivery and his heartfelt lyrics ensure that his listeners can relate to his authenticity and soul. The talented young emcee does not need to rely on the use of gimmicks or controversy to attract the attention of his listeners; his ability and creativity speak volumes.

Noodle’s captivating stage presence and energy can’t help but command the attention of even the biggest skeptic. These powerful performances have made him a favourite with both Hip Hop crowds and fellow performers. Having graced countless clubs in New York, Las Vegas and California with his presence and supported the likes of KRS One, Joe Budden and Immortal Technique, Noodle has had a rare opportunity to explore both the underground and the mainstream sides of the rap game. Taking these diverse opportunities and collaborating with an array of talented artists, he has been able to develop his own signature brand of positive, inspirational Hip Hop.

Following the success of his 2008 collaborative mixtape Escape Route: Change Gonna Come…, which was critically well-received due to its raw, authentic lyricism and quality production, Noodle decided to focus on his debut solo project It’s A N00 Day! This latest offering – produced largely by M-Nasty – will provide an insight into his development and progression as an artist and also aim to lighten the mood within a tough industry climate. The album will also showcase a number of gifted artists, including Ella Lazel, Big Snuff, LaRue, Feature, Cyph-Low, R. Haze, and Young Guito. Uplifting, insightful and feel-good music at its best, this forthcoming release certainly marks a N00 day for Hip Hop.