Parallel Thought

Parallel Thought

 Freehold, New Jersey, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Parallel Thought brings fresh a hip-hop sound that bridges the gap between "underground" and "commercial" rap. The soulful yet raw production compliments a live set that includes Caness on the microphone, and frequent surprise guests.

Biography

For those who are growing weary of the predictable sounds emerging from hip-hop music, help is on the way. It arrives in the form of producers Drum & Knowledge, and emcee/producer Caness. The New Jersey natives comprise the talented mix of hip-hop producers & emcees, to give you, Parallel Thought. Combining several years of musical training and the sounds of gritty urban beats, this group is fast becoming one of the most talked about set of hip-hop artists on the east coast.

Described by indie hip-hop queen, Jean Grae, as being “the future of hip hop," Parallel Thought has already begun living up to their remarkable reputation. Parallel Thought has expanded their fan base with their first release debut EP entitled “Drugs, Liquor, Sex and Cigarettes.” The project features a collective of contributors to the underground hip-hop movement: the queen of the underground, Jean Grae, and the equally talented MF Grimm; C-Rayz Walz and Breez Evahflowin of the crew, Stronghold. The project was released on MF Grimm’s label, Day By Day Entertainment, and was licensed for vinyl release on Crosstalk, a label based out of Chicago. The project was praised by notable media outlets such as Okayplayer.com and Urb Magazine who gave the review 4 out of 5 stars.

In addition to the release of the EP, Parallel Thought is solidifying their place in the industry, having released a 12” titled “Vomit” with lyrics courtesy of MF Doom. The single is a cult classic that sold over 3000 copies, and precedes their forthcoming debut production LP (as yet untitled).

Shortly after the single dropped, C-Rayz-Walz approached Parallel Thought to start the concept album, “Chorus Rhyme.” Recorded over a period of two years, “Chorus Rhyme” is a concept record. Every song is made up of chorus’s rather than the typical, verse-chorus repeat structure that most hip hop songs contain. With the backing of C-Rayz-Walz, this was the group’s biggest release, going worldwide digitally with a limited physical release of 3000 hard copies. Not to mention that it featured the biggest posse cut in Hip Hop history featuring 30 emcees spitting for over 15 minutes. The record charted for weeks on the Underground Hip Hop sales charts and was praised by online publications such as RapReviews.com and hiphoplinquistics.com.

After the release of their EP, first 12” single, and Chorus Rhyme collaboration, Parallel Thought went into a public “quiet mode” going on a production frenzy producing two full length LP’s. Locked in their New Jersey studio, they began a new project with a fellow Jersey native. This was the first time that the group collaborated with an unknown emcee and the result is the gritty urban tale titled “The Gorgeous Ape”. Recorded over the span of eight months, it exclusively features the microphone talent of the 26-year-old Yasin.

The next project that Drum & Knowledge started was with Harlem resident, former EOW champion and Stronghold member, Swave Sevah. After a meeting between Knowledge and Swave, at a mutual friend’s album release party, the project was on its way. Recording over the period of a year, Parallel Thought and Swave went back and forth between Jersey and Harlem. The influence of the time spent in Harlem is evident in every track. Titled, “Hell Up In Harlem”, this is the group’s most cohesive effort to date.

Most recently Parallel Thought has released "Da Ol' Jersey Bastard" with legendary emcee Tame One on Amalgam Digital and are finishing up another solo album with Tame. If that wasn't enough, Tame One and Del the Funky Homosapien have teamed up with Drum & Knowledge for an album entitled "Parallel UniVerses" and a solo Del the Funky Homosapien album.

Caness has released a mixtape and is currently working on numerous projects including a full length animated movie and album with Embedded All-Star Loer Velocity as well as a solo album. Since leaving his home-town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he has performed in venues all over New York City and the United States as well as across Canada and as far as Paris, France. Sharing the stage with artists ranging from Jean Grae to Zion I, he has also collaborated and appeared on songs with Bicasso from the Living Legends crew, Tame One, Del the Funky Homospaien, Swave Sevah, Loer Velocity, Gene the Southern Child, Yasin, C-Rayz Walz, and more.

Since the ages of 16, Parallel Thought has been attracting the attention of some of underground hip-hop’s heavyweights and have worked with Jean Grae, Pack FM, Illogic, Breez Evahflowin, Poison Pen, Slug, Cannibal Ox, Lo Deck, GM Grimm, MF DOOM, R.A The Rugged Man, Marq Spekt, Thirstin Howl III, Swave Sevah, Immortal Technique, I-Self-Divine, Cryptic One, Windnbreeze, 4th Pyramid, Masai Bey, Pumpkinhead, C-Rayz-Walz, Sean Price, Wordsworth, Karniege, Double AB, Dusted Dons, Tame One, Del the Funky Homosapien to name a few. With a resume this extensive it is evident that they have a bright future ahead.

Discography

Caness & The Shit Spittin' Factory (Mixtape)
Drugs, Sex, Liquor & Cigarettes EP (Day By Day Entertainment)
M.F. Doom - "Vomit" 12" (Crosstalk)
C-Rayz Walz & Parallel Thought - Chorus Rhyme (Urchin Studios)
Tame One & Parallel Thought - The Ol' Jersey Bastard (Amalgam Digital)
Tame One & Parallel Thought - Acid Tab Vocab (Amalgam Digital)
Del the Funky Homosapien, Tame One & Parallel Thought - Parallel Universes (Gold Dust Media)
Production Featured on:
Loer Velocity - Ready for a Renaissance (Embedded Music)

Set List

Typical set includes all original songs as well as freestlyes and ranges anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on allotted time. There is also the possibility of special guests showing up unannounced due to the extent of the group's collaborations. *TAME ONE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SXSW 2010