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Bravado may not be a big enough word to describe the front men of Sho-Nuf - L.T.D., Mike Ice.

Before a show in March, the rap/rock fusion group roamed the Bricktown Ballroom, glad-handing those in the audience.

"We're try to put all of Oklahoma on our shoulders," said L.T.D. "We just feel fortunate to get out on the stage; we look at it as a blessing."

The MCs duel Run-D.M.C.-style, powered by live drums, guitars and a DJ. The result is a booming and aggressive sound and buckets of onstage energy. Introducing a rhythm section, rather than using recorded tracks, gave vitality to the performance sorely lacking from other hip-hop acts.

"It lets us breath; when you are only one dimension, you can only go one direction, but when you have the live element, it gives you freedom," said Ice.

Sho-Nuf evolved out a long partnership between the MCs, specifically Ice and L.T.D. Originally, the group followed a more traditional approach to music, but branched out as a way to explore and find new audiences.

"It's growth," L.T.D. said. "We couldn't fully express ourselves; we found it too confining. We wanted to do it like U2 or The Rolling Stones and be here and do reunion shows like they do at Super Bowls. We felt we couldn’t do that in the hip-hop atmosphere."

The MCs developed a rigidly professional approach over the years, expanding their business model and stripping down to the smallest unit possible to allow them tours to Canada, Europe and even a possible trip to Australia. They are also involved in an Internet radio show at www.streetgrindentertainment.com.

Perhaps efficiency and punctuality aren't hallmarks of great rap acts, but Sho-Nuf has come to understand that one of the keys to success is consistency. Considering the MCs unique sound, showing up is crucial because prospective fans may not know what to make of the band until they've seen it live.

"We hit the audience over the head so much that a lot of times they don't know to show love," said L.T.D. "With our audience, they will all leave and talk about Sho-Nuf, and the next show they will be ready. They're just not used to that much diversity."

Because the band members are so insistent on talking with their audience before and after shows, they understand what they need to do to develop loyalty with their fans.

"We have to rock 'n' roll - we're here to make them happy," said Ice. "Our songs are very spiritual; it's coming from our heart, but on the same end, some guy who's just lost his job and taking part of his last paycheck to come see Sho-Nuf, we have to give him a show so he can forget about his problems."

That fire is evident as the group members leave the stage with their shirts soaked through with sweat and the audience energized.
-30- - Oklahoma Gazette, May 3, 2006; Charles Martin, writer


Nobody goes to these things ( Dfest Music Festival) thinking they'll get a record deal. That's just not how it works. That said, if I was an A&R looking to sign a band based only my impression of them from the weekend's events and gigs... it would have to be Sho-Nuf. My god, I had a good time at their show. That band's frontmen are larger than life natural born stars. They were certainly my fave of "bands I've never seen before". Go see them sometime.
Quentin, Forty Minutes of Hell


Sho Nuff!!! You guys are so awesome - it was great meeting you and hanging out at DFest! Sho Nuff rocks rocks rocks - I can't say it enough!
Blake Althen, Human Factor

It was great meeting you guys at Dfest! Rock on!
Madalyn Sklar, GoGirlsMusic.com

Rock out, you guys are cool cats, and it was a pleasure supporting/hanging out.
Ricardo Baca, Denver Post


I really liked the guys a lot and think that they have a great attitude for this crazy business. Hope all is well in Oklahoma and I'll talk to you all soon.
Neil Citron

- Various


Taking cues from 311,Korn, and the like, Ralf Lar’n picks up the torch where rap-metal let off. This hitter is the epitome of boom-bap, with the kind of focus on the pocket that this style of music demands, but not letting that be an excuse to keep it all simplistic. On the band’s EP, SHO-NUF, there are no distracting cymbal crashes or flourishers, helping to foreground the sloshy-loose pulse on the hats, toms, chunky kick, and gun shot snare whether he’s kicking a funky 6/8. A metallic 4/4, or splitting the rhythm into sixteenths on the hats like he does on “What We Do,” Overall though, Lar’n does what and good hip-hop-influenced drummer does: lays down a grid for the MC to flow over. Even if Lar’n did the most straight-ahead beats he could- which he almost never does- we’d have to big-up homeboy for keeping this endangered sub-genre alive. - Drum Magazine OCT 2008


Discography

The E.P. 2008

Blood On My Hands, 2006

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Bio

As the phoenix rises from the ashes, deep within the urban streets from the southwest, Sho-Nuf has risen too from their humble beginnings. Three core members from the eighties group Krush II who quickly caught the eyes of RCA, Warner, and Immortal records, LTD, Mike Ice and DJ Terrorizzer evolved into a sound that sparks a fire of change.
Sho-Nuf has combined the grittiness of rock, with the rawness of hip hop, their shows have crossed many ethnic boundaries.

“I see our band as a rock band, sure most are black, but our audiences are white, latinos, as well as black,” L.T.D., said. “No one cares about the color. They are there to rock and we provide the means.”

“No matter where we have performed, either here in the United States or abroad, everyone has commented on the impact of our sound,” DJ Terrorizzer says. “Its something new, a mix of both old and new with a twist of our own sound, it is hard to describe.”

The genre may be a hard issue to pin down, but anyone who goes to a show, will see it is pure rock and roll. Sho-Nuf’s command of the stage is evident from their twenty years of playing in front of live audiences. Concert goers actually walk away feeling energized and upbeat. “It’s a workout for sure,” Mike Ice said. “But more important we want our fans and audiences to get a show they won’t forget.”

The three core members of Sho-Nuf has done just about everything within the music business. They formed an internet radio show, Street Grind Entertianment, which has grown to include an international audience. L.T.D. has hosted many big show events for Universal, RCA, Capitol and Death Row Records. He has also hosted events with Mike Epps, and a Super Bowl event. He has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.
After taking hip-hop to their maximum boundaries, these three visionaries sought to bring about a change within the music scene. With a fresh mix of rock, reggae, and rap, they have introduced a live band. Preaching about the life from the streets that encompasses every mix of colors and creed, Sho-Nuf is the voice of the people.

Their music is featured on many international internet radio stations, including their own sister production company, Street Grind Entertainment.

No show leaves the audiences second guessing what Sho-Nuf is about, having a good time while rocking out. Gaining fans from throughout the nation with each show, Sho-Nuf has risen to be one of the top most diverse, new sounds ever. Sho-Nuf is more than a show; it’s a living breathing experience awakening the masses

What Others Are Saying About Sho-Nuf

“With heart, energy and catchy tunes Sho-Nuf will win you over.”

Mark Wolfson
Director of Production and Development
Playtone Records

“Deals are made based on relationships; someone has to have a positive connection in that relationship for the process to move forward. Sho-Nuf has the kind of appeal that will make harnessing those relationships a chinch. Sho-Nuf is a unique eclectic mix of vibes.”

Harold Whaley
PD
Urban Network Magazine/Radio

“Sho Nuff!!! You guys are so awesome - it was great meeting you and hanging out at DFest! Sho Nuff rocks rocks rocks - I can’t say it enough!”

Blake Althen
Human Factor

“It was great meeting you guys at Dfest! Rock on!”

Madalyn Sklar
Go Girls Music.com, and Indie Band Coach

“Rock out, you guys are cool cats, and it was a pleasure supporting/hanging out.”

Richard Baca
Denver Post

“I really liked the guys a lot and think that they have a great attitude for this crazy business. Hope all is well in Oklahoma and I’ll talk to you all soon.”

Neil Citron
Grammy Award winning guitarist, Engineer, Producer

BIOS

L.T.D. has been an MC/Host for radio and television for over twenty years. Born in Jackson, Mississippi he later moved to Oklahoma in 1974. He met DJ Terrorizzer and Mike Ice, who are the brothers of DJ T-Nyce. It was around that time he formed Krush II which evolved into Sho-Nuf. L.T.D. has hosted many big show events for Universal, RCA, Capitol and Death Row Records. He has also hosted events with Mike Epps, and a Super Bowl event. He has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Canada.

Mike Ice grew up in Oklahoma City with his brothers, T-Nyce and DJ Terrorizzer. After forming Krush II with family and friends, he helped evolve Sho-Nuf to what it is today.

Sammy Clark (Ralf Lar'n) have been featured in DRUM Magazine for his role in Sho-Nuf, and recently was a judge for Guitar Center Drum Off 2008. Drum Magazine said in 2004“This young guppy has done his Travis Barker homework!” In 2008 Drum Magazine says "Lar'n does what any good hip-hop-influenced drummer does: lays down a grid for the MC to flow over." and "We have to big-up homeboy for keeping this endangered sub-genre alive." I endorsed great products by Po Boy Drums,Drumnetics Bass Drum Pedals,Po Boy Cymbals, Po Boy Hardware,Kelly Shu,Rocken Wraps, Risen