BandHip HopSoul

Original. Nostalgic, yet up to date feel good hip hop. Penuckle does "life" music. He incorporates all range of emotion in his work, therefore making it easy for anyone who lives and understands english relative. With smooth and soulful backdrops, he is a distinguished artist of substance.


Penuckle aka Tim Rivers uses his real life experiences from childhood on-with no embellishment. Using hard-hitting to subtle kicks and snares over abstract to jazzy melodies, the lyrics are gently layered with clever word-play and simplicity. Since the age of seven, peers and relatives would beckon a then very small child who would become Penuckle to rhyme or beat-box. At this time Run DMC; Rakim; Beastie Boyz; LL Cool J were the major influences of any aspiring rapper of that circa. In junior high, Penuckle at age 13, finally found the name...that he would stick with, after watching the movie "BeBe's Kids" when the name was used in a joke. Around the same time, Nas, Freestyle Fellowship, DJ Quik, and Public Enemy would play a role in Penuckle's fast evolving lyricism. "When hip hop really took me into the culture, when I knew I really belonged, was when 92', 93' hit." (Penuckle) He would go on to release an album independently in 99' and again in 2005. Both on the independent market peddling product from the trunk. In 2006, then signed to now defunct Basement Records, his national debut "The Sun Beckon" would turn more than a head or two as he gained rave reviews from well established and respected press. In the middle of the momentum, the label due to mismanagement lost its footing and subsequently its roster. It would take Penuckle nearly three years to work a 9 to 5, save, record, and release his fourth album Blunts and Roses. Songs from the album have been licensed to video game co.'s, movies, and MTV series G's to Gents amongst others. The music speaks for itself. And Penuckle represents the collective known as "The People." He doesn't bombard the ears with false testimony of crime and drugs and pimps and ho's and fast cars. Instead he makes inquiry of things and renders his observations on regular everyday life. Penuckle is the Now.


Armageddon b/w Aztec Love- 1999) 12" single
Feminine Face of god (1999 ) CD
February Oceans b/w Love Dies (2002) 12" single
Today b/w Hotlife (2005) 12" single
Dysfunctional Ante Colony (2005) CD
Get Ready b/w Hotlife (2005) 12" single
The Sun Beckons (2006) CD
Blunts n' Roses EP (2008)
Blunts and Roses (2009) CD
Penuckle's Day Off (digital download) Single

Set List

We have different sets. Some are 20-25 minutes and others range from 30-45 minutes- use a very nostalgic approach and incorporate as much soul, reggae, and jazz as we can. Our set starts slow, builds, and explodes.