BandHip HopSoul

Hip Hop sonically made to drive people crazy. The next step for the Hip Hop movement.



The Inglewood native has been the best kept secret and it’s about time that the Hip Hop world embraces him. Growing up Thurzday (Born Yannick Koffi) fell in love with music played by his elders that consisted of Hip Hop, Reggae and Soul. The constant play of reggae music in his Belizean home helped him to have a diverse appreciation for music. He toyed with the idea of being an emcee until he learned how to write material in song format. After recording his first couple of songs on a karaoke machine, the hunger to succeed as an artist kept growing.

“I want to bully the rap game… I want to make an impression with everything that I do”

With his far-from-average lyrical content, this witty and intelligent emcee raps about real life situations that many people can relate to. Due to his diverse taste in music, Thurzday is influenced by Bob Marley, Biggie, Wu-Tang, ATCQ, J Dilla, Tupac, Al Green, Redman, Little Brother, Common, Black Thought and The Roots, and Mos Def. Thurzday reaps creativity and its no wonder why this unique artist is being recognized everywhere he goes.

The vibrant mohawked emcee from Seattle, Washington is like no other individual in the Hip Hop game. This eclectic soul has no limitations to his skill and ability as an emcee. Born Yonas Semere Micheal (Yonas meaning “Soldier”), Y-O contains a relentless drive to explore artistic region far beyond the comfort zone. Breaking down all sorts of barriers, he continues to maintain an edge and street credibility that resonates with the purist, suburbia and the streets, all in one.

Rapping since junior high school, Y-O began to take his craft seriously after he packed his bags and moved to Inglewood, California in 1996, where he hoped to gain an edge in the music game. Inspired by such artists such as KRS-One, Rakim, Tupac, J Dilla, Biggie, Dr Dre, Mos Def, and Common to name a few, Y-O continued to follow his love for Hip Hop.

“I made my decision to take this mic and use it as a career to take me places where I never been before… where I dreamed of.” - Y-O

In 1999, at their first day at St. Bernard High School, Y-O met Thurzday, another raw MC. During lunch they would have freestyle battles that would get the whole school wild. They quickly recognized each other’s talents.

Together as “U-N-I”, they have opened up for Redman at the Sneaker Pimps Tour in Los Angeles, and Chicago’s very own, Lupe Fiasco at The Key Club on Sunset. They have conquered airwaves on Power 106FM in the mix with Dj Raphiki, and on 93.5 KDAY with the GoodFellas. They are currently featured in the fourth edition of Scheme Magazine, and have been inducted as the first Scheme Magazine Artist, or Schemers. U-N-I can be seen on Scheme Mag’s website at http://schememag.com/schemers/u-n-i.

Recently they have been featured in XXL’s BIG 10, The Source, SLAM Magazine, BILLBOARD, DIME Magazine, and URB Magazine’s Next 1000. The Next 1000 is where URB scours the globe to bring you 20 breaking artists per week for a whole year. U-N-I received a copious amount of votes and you can add a vote and comment at http://www.urb.com/promotions/next1000/profile.php?BandId=371.

Currently U-N-I is promoting their street album, “Fried Chicken and Watermelon.” Laced with 14 tracks of complex, thought-provoking and playful lyricism coupled with sure-fire beats, “Fried Chicken and Watermelon” is set to break the stereotype given to west coast rappers. They have received great reviews on Okayplayer.com and RapMullet.com, and have been received with open arms in the Czech Republic.

“It’s not gangsta rap, it’s fresh new Hip Hop music from 2007 and beyond.” -Y-O

The street album also includes hot production from Swiff D, Ro Blvd, Moufahza, Proh Mic, Diabolic and Dame Taylor.

U-N-I is set out to bring a new sound to the game, while keeping in the mind the true fundamentals of Hip-Hop. Unfazed and determine, U-N-I is breaking down barriers by attracting people from all different areas. It’s not just an urban sound, but also suburban. U-N-I, short for “U-N-I to the Verse,” (like You and I) is determined to unite people wherever they perform. Through their unique sound and raw talent, these versatile and authentic artists won’t stop until their message of unity gets across. From Asian, to Black to Latino, everyone is certain to vibe with them.

Chris London (909) 292-5530
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Beautiful Day

Written By: Yonas Michael, Yannik Koffi

Beautiful Day Lyrics

Thurz Verse:

I feel like we at the center of the U-N-I Verse

And the Sun is my Heart so shine through the verse

Radiant like LA sunshine - so let's crack the Henn, no coke in mine

Live for today, ain't promised life

Roll wit the windows down - breathe the night

As the sun sets and the mornin breaks

Just thank God you was able to wake

Give a kiss to ya girl, a kiss to ya moms

A dap for my *censored* that have to bare arms

On a Beautiful Day, keep it neutral

Let's all try to be Beautiful People

Respect life, ya life is respected

Turn this tune up don't dare eject it

Don't front, ya know I got cha open

Check the dialect from the diaphragm my man


Now put your *censored* up, you can *roll* it up

You can drink to this, you can smoke to this

You can roll to this, put cha windows down

And pump the sound through any hood, it feels good (just a Beautiful Day)

It feels so good (just a Beautiful Day)

It feels so good (just a Beautiful Day)

Just pump it up and just vibe

Y-O Verse:

I take sips of the OJ, scramble the eggs

Wit some butter on my 3 pancakes

I lick the fingers when I’m done

Take a look outside I see the sun just begun

So I hops in the shower

I’m lyin if I say 15 cus it takes about an hour

And I see it’s 75 degrees - it’s no need for me

To rock them long sleeves - I’m hot - I’m cold

I’m cool – I’m hot, I see the trees, the kids the block

Beautiful little neighbor gave a sexy nod

One sip of this kool-aid can set the day right

So I’m off to the sunshine

Never waste days like this, take advantage of the one life

Keep ya faith in the sky (why)

That’s where the heaven is (right), that’s where the dream is, well ain’t it


Now put your *censored* up, you can *censored* it up

You can drink to this, you can smoke to this

You can roll to this, put cha windows down

And pump the sound through any hood, it feels good (just a Beautiful Day)

It feels so good (just a Beautiful Day)

It feels so good (just a Beautiful Day)

Just pump it up and just vibe


We released our street album called "Fried Chicken and Watermelon" in June of 2007. These are the two singles/videos we released that are featured on the album.

KREAM (Kickz Rule Everything Around me)
video link:http://www.youtube.com/v/XzbHry41fgo

Beautiful Day. This video has had good rotation with MTVu and MTV2's show Sucka Free.
video link: http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=26607833

Set List

Our set is approximately 45 minutes to an hour. We can do more if need be. Our set list goes as follows.
-Let me Be
-make the crowd laugh
-Do wit Me
-Beautiful Day
-make the crowd laugh again
-Fat Girls
-make the crowd laugh even harder
-Soul Hop