Spec Boogie

Spec Boogie

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Spec Boogie is a Brooklyn-based rapper who uses unflinching honesty, introspection, and considerable humor to discuss his life and that of the world around him. His music is ideal for listening to on the stoop while nursing a cold Ballantine, playing dice and ogling neighborhood girls.

Biography

Hailing from the same Bed-Stuy blocks where The Notorious B.I.G. once roamed comes Spec Boogie, a master storyteller and one of the most versatile young talents in contemporary Hip-Hop. Equally adept at both razor-tongued braggadocio and introspective commentary, he is an artist that shadowboxes his way out of easy classification. Neither preachy nor sensationalist, Spec Boogie’s remarkable sincerity is the thread that weaves together his music -- even the songs that deal with less-than-weighty subject matter inherit the trait of real honesty. Whether boasting about his sneaker collection or somberly recounting the tragic moments his young eyes have seen, you believe every word Spec Boogie says.

A former member of The Sandhogs, a group which included indie favorite Tes-1, Spec Boogie relocated to The City of Brotherly Love in his late teens and eventually connected with Philadelphia heroes ?uestlove and the Grammy Award-winning Roots crew. Polishing his live stage show under the tutelage of the masters, he performed in both Philly and New York during the wildly successful 2000 Okayplayer Tour.

But Brooklyn beckoned. Spec Boogie returned home and helped found Loosie Music, a fiercely independent record label and online magazine. The fledgling label hooked up with Lower East Side boutique Staple Design to release the “Grow” single, a track that earned Spec Boogie a deluge of critical acclaim and immediately put him on the radar of indie Hip-Hop aficionados as far away as France and Japan. The buzz proved justified, as his subsequent mixtapes, 2004’s Fresh Out the Box, 2006’s On My Grind and 2007’s Brass Knuckle Rap Hustle were lauded as evidence of his emerging talent. Spec Boogie has become a recent favorite of the blogosphere as well: his remix of Peter Bjorn and John's "Amsterdam" gathered acclaim from The Fader (and was called “great” by Peter Bjorn), and previous projects have been lauded by berkeleyplace, marathonpacks, nahright and other popular music sites. An exceptional live entertainer, Spec Boogie has delivered memorable performances at venues such as Nokia Theater, Southpaw, The Knitting Factory, Hammerstein Music Hall and Wetlands alongside artists including The Roots, Mark Ronson, MF Doom, Big Daddy Kane, Little Brother and Platinum Pied Pipers. He hosted the Spankrock/Ghostface show at the High Line in May, 2007. Spec Boogie’s debut album, Introspective is slated for release in Fall 2007 on Loosie Music.

Discography

"Grow": vinyl single with Staple Design
"Fresh Out The Box": mixtape with Digital Gravel and Scifen Clothing
"On My Grind": mixtape that used beats from Pharell's solo album
"Brass Knuckle Rap Hustle": mixtape with Digital Gravel and 10 Deep Clothing

Most recently, Spec Boogie's remix of Peter Bjorn & John's "Amsterdam" was featured on the Fader website and played during their weekly show on East Village Radio.

Set List

1) Bravura verse over a popular beat
2) "Fiends", an untempo banger
3) Verse from "Amsterdam" or Lily Allen remix
4) "No Knock", an untempo song about police brutality
5) Verse over classic hiphop beat
6) Posse cut with other Loosie Music artists
7) Part of "Grow", a mellow song about issues in the Brooklyn community