Sleep of Oldominion

Sleep of Oldominion

 Portland, Oregon, USA
SoloHip HopSinger/Songwriter

Sleep is a founding member of the ground breaking NW hip hop crew, Oldominion. He is known for his ability to spit lightening fast rhymes even with the most complex cadences, his introspective lyrics and uncanny breath control. His last solo album was released under Sage Francis' label, Strange Famous. He is also one half of the melodic hip hop duo, The Chicharones, whose song was recently used by Samsung as the soundtrack for a short film advert for the S4.

Biography

No amount of imagecrafting can mask phony sincerity. Christopher Tafoya, a founding member of the Pac Northwest ground breaking hip hop crew Oldominion, known to his listeners as Sleep, is rare in that sense. A rapper, singer and songwriter whose entire dynamic seems to exist at the unlikely intersection of sincere humility and pop magnetism. A new millennium Springsteen chopping double-time over trap hi-hats, master of poly-rhythmic turnarounds, building up cadence the way Diplo builds toward the drop.
Sleep's potent pop sensibility and flawless rap mechanics are evidenced most recently on "Hi, Hey, Hello", a 5 million times viewed youtube advert for Samsung. Assuming you haven't already been following Sleep, "Hi, Hey, Hello" is an inviting trailhead. Notable tracks in his far-reaching, and consummate catalog include the songs "Guys Like Me" (from the Steve Buscemi film 'Interview') and "Little by Little" (which was featured on the NBA2k11 Soundtrack. )
Since about the time Kanye interrupted Taylor at the VMAs, Sleep has been regularly invited to play SXSW, Warped Tour and open main stages for perennial festival short-listers like Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Fiddy. Legends like Rakim to rising stars like Macklemore can testify to the bewitching rap spectacle that is having Sleep on the bill. Presently Sleep can be found applying a hard-hat and lunch pail ethic to his projects, clocking in and out of the booth for four hour stretches with no breaks, never once setting a pen to paper.
A growing catalog of big songs, a captivating live show and an unassuming, sneaky pop appeal, all supported by one big absurd element: a realness that is real, never efforted. That little accessory, like a pair of black Chuck Taylors, goes good with just about anything.

Lyrics

Sinking Ship

Written By: Sleep of Oldominion

Okay fuck it, guess I’ll do what I do best crush it. You can’t touch it. When I get the motor running I’ma run amuck kid, my tongue is dynamite I’m causing an eruption, must have been abducted. Never muttering or fumbling, (fumbling). Pummeling a million men, and never crumbling. Son of a bitch I’m bubbling I’m in trouble again. Seem to get into it every now and then, cause I never know when I take it easy when I grab a pen. Yes I rock in the pocket pop eye sockets out when I rip it. Time ticking down, rhyme wicked now check it out you are now listening to who and what It’s all about.
Verse 1:
Now I get up in the beat like I got a vendetta with it. Let me get heavy with it let me celebrate me getting better with it. Haven’t figured out how to get cheddar with it but I set and get it let me demonstrate what a heavy weight is saying now I’m complicated aggravating everybody listening wishing they could do it better than me, but I said already that I’m heavy let me rip the script into confetti. And I bet you my machete making you spaghetti, if you step to me thinking I won’t be ready. Now if I’m sending deadly messaging I’m really sorry I’ve been really dealing with something buried in me, it really scary and I’m bearing everything inside of me for you to see now.
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
My eyes are open, are open, are open x4
Verse 2:
Here I go again a tornado in my head, and its forcing me to go into my basement and arrange it in a way that’s making people going crazy when I say it yea, I making waves and never fake it take away the wake and baking, if I really want to make it. Pick my brain apart. I beg your pardon let me hit it harder than them other artists, get it moving like a cruiser missile break it down to the bone gristle, with a little riddle that I whittled when I wasn’t riddled with these bitter feelings that I’m feeling cause I’m dealing with the stress of holding buildings up, and I could kick it up a notch I’m an independent artist let me holler at myself if I wanna make it hot.
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
Verse 3:
Let me set it straight and demonstrate it, let me try and do it like the greats did it. Like back in the day when they did it trippy heavy ripping illustrated. Never fabricated and I’m animated Rodney made my passes laminated, and I got a cadence that’ll take you to another level let me grab the mic and break it, take it, take it, take it in let me get a win let me get it in can I get a witness let me set it straight, I wanna put it away but I can’t stop myself and the ripping mechanism, when I’m in the mix did I mention, when I’m in the fifth dimension, when I’m about to exhibit a mint condition and I’m about to open your mind and perform inception
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
My eyes are open, are open, are open x4

Discography

  • Riot by Candlelight (2002)
  • Christopher (2005) 
  • Hesitation Wounds (2009)
  • Oregon Failure (2014) (with Maulskull)

The Chicharones (Sleep with Josh Martinez)

  • When Pigs Fly (2005)
  • Swine Flew (2012)

Oldominion (Sleep with JFKOnry Ozzborn, et al.)

  • One (2000)
  • Book of Fury (2000)
  • Make Happy (2008)

Collaboration albums

  • Seven Days (2001) (with Onry Ozzborn & Smoke, as Aurora)
  • Combination Locked (2007) (with Zelly Rock)

EPs

  • Oldominion Volume 1 (2001) (with Oldominion)
  • Oldominion Volume 2 (2001) (with Oldominion)
  • Oldominion Volume 3 (2002) (with Oldominion)
  • Boss Hogs EP (2003) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)
  • Chistopher Promo EP (2005)
  • Pork Rind Disco EP (2005) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)
  • Swine Country (2009) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)
  • While You Were Sl33ping (2012) (with Maulskull)

Mixtapes

  • Por Que? (Pork Eh?) (2012) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)

Compilations

  • Negative One and a Half (2004) (with Oldominion)
  • Toke City Special (2010) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)

Live

  • On and Cracklin' (2006) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)
  • Live in Bozeman, MT (2009) (with Josh Martinez, as The Chicharones)

Singles

  • "Man in a Box / Cats Like Y'All" (2002)
  • "Say Goodbye / The Heat" (2005)
  • "Testimony" (2005)
  • "Sinking Ship" (2014)