THE SOUTHPAW PLAYERS

THE SOUTHPAW PLAYERS

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The Southpaw Players are creators of funky-hip-hop. Their intricate wordplay, skilled musicianship, and unmatched energy combine to result in a live performance that moves both feet and minds.

Biography

The Southpaw Players are creators of funky-hip-hop. Their intricate wordplay, skilled musicianship, and unmatched energy combine to result in a live performance that moves both feet and minds.

Melding elements of hip-hop, rock, R&B, and funk into one cohesive and melodic sound, Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Southpaw Players diverse appeal is based on their impressive musical dexterity. Performing live with bands from all walks, they don't fit comfortably into one specific genre; the quintet's music is rooted in traditional hip-hop, but features live instruments, rather than looped samples or beats. The lyrical content is open book, observational, and often socially conscious, drawing from a blue collar perspective and also incorporating humor and wry perceptiveness.

Initially founded by keyboardist/vocalist, Ryan K. Wilson and guitarist Michael Sullivan, the group began to experiment with hip-hop in early 2007 via it’s collaboration with lyricist, Rick Chyme. Songwriting began naturally and quickly to follow was the addition of drummer, Jacob Schaub sparked by a chance meeting with Wilson in a record store.

After solidifying their line-up with the newest addition of bassist Coe Lacy in the summer of 2008, Southpaw quickly built momentum via performances with The Gym Class Hereos, JJ Grey and Moffro, Atmosphere, and The Digable Planets. In 2009, the band was named “Best Group” at The Grand Rapids Hip Hop Awards. In June of the same year, they were one in twelve, out of 194 bands that received over 3000 votes in the “Fox Rocks” Rothbury competition.

Known for their intense live performances, a Southpaw Players show contains everything from intricately executed musical compositions to improvisational rhymes about objects brought to the stage by members of the crowd. Regardless, the vibe is one of community and elation.

Currently promoting their debut EP, Avant, released in April 2009, they are now prepared to extend their reach further. Anchored by the singles now getting regional airplay, “Deeper” and “Think Big”, The Avant EP is sure to serve as a solid introduction to The Southpaw Players distinct style of Truth Music.

Lyrics

Think Big

Written By: The Southpaw Players

Stop, listen to the rhythm/
Break free from the things that have bonded you took the driven/
Forward thinking thoughts that you had and abandoned them/
Cuffed both of your wrists, now it's like dammit I'm/
Stuck in this job, I need to make a change/
But it's just too hard, I hope I get a raise/
I'm gazing at stars, it seems all of the days/
Have become exactly like each other, I want some haze/
And I know It's good to want/
So today I'm not smoking, you say you're trying but you aren't/
Why do we think it's smart? to spend our days hoping they say they're hiring but they aren't/
And I feel so, claustrophobic I don't know what I'm supposed to/
Do except trust my gut so what that means is/
Pursue my passion, irrational's how they see us/
But they don't see us at all/

Chorus
All the details are written in sand and the storm it will come and then wash them all away/

You've gotta think big (x4)

Push the limit and dream yes you can fight the norm yourself torn from the shackles is how it should be/

You've gotta think big (x4)

Verse 2

When the pain comes down on the pane so loud/
Of the window looking in you'll see the pain pushed down/
Most of us are unhappy, and so complacent/
Myself my refuge is tracks, see you've gotta take it/
Your destiny into your own hands/
My guess it's all the raising of hands/
In classrooms that has alot of us waiting for approval/
You want change you've gotta make it, I say this for myself too so/
When I have an off day, hit a valley, I push/
Got a dream that I'm chasing, gonna catch it I would/
Not get in my way if I were on top of the soles/
Located on the inside of your shoes, my eyes low/
And I feel so, claustrophobic I don't know what I'm supposed to/
Do except trust my gut and so what that means is/
Pursure my passion irrational's how they see us, but they don't see us at all/

Chorus
All the details are written in sand and the storm it will come and then wash them all away/

You've gotta think big (x4)

Push the limit and dream yes you can fight the norm yourself torn from the shackles is how it should be/

You've gotta think big (x4)

Discography

Avant EP- Released April 2009

Set List

We Play All Original Music.
3 Sets of 45 minutes
Setlist:
The Deuce
I’m Ready
Crazy
Cut So Deep
Microphone
Think Big
What He Said
Whiskey
Is This You?
Walk The Plank
Brie
Cheater
The Party Song
Deeper
Reality Cartoon
I Won’t Ever Lie (Thursday)
The List
All I Know
Happily Unhappy
Destination Unknown
The Sickness
Round and Around
DJC
Number 13
Rhyming Objects Freestyle