|"Our live show. Our skills. Our raw energy. That's what people love
about us." –DeeJay Tense
Time Tested. From having shared the stage with Hip-Hop legends like KRS-One, to smashing festivals as a precursor to Gnarls Barkley (with his group ManeLine), Mane Rok's solid foundation has never been more evident.
A student of Hip-Hop via graffiti (which the MC credits for his battle prowess,) Mane is exactly where he wants to be-working…that is, what happens after being schooled, right?
Not that the outspoken MC has stopped learning, but finding himself working harder than ever before creating the art he had set to do by crafting projects with each producer from his first solo "The Ugly Truth." After dropping the critically acclaimed ode to the "True Skool" era of Hip-Hop-En Stereo (with Prime Element/House of Waxx Producer/DJ Es Nine, Kam Moye, Prince Po, Deca, Ichiban, A.V.I.U.S., Rhias and more…) Mane Rok teamed up with the "future" in Diamond Boiz in-house renaissance man Dyalekt to pay tribute to one of music's all time legends SANTANA with "Santanamation." A FREE offering to keep the masses quenched, the projects supporting cast featured the likes of Xencs L. Wing, Bravo One (One Eyed Kings) & Ze (Diamond Boiz).
Not being satisfied with the idea of an artist boxing themselves in to "developing their 'own' sound", Mane continues his quest to expand his palette as a student having released remixes for his "This One's" video, the song/video in support of the "Occupy" movement with fellow Colorado MC's Jonny 5 (The Flobots,) T Minus Katlyn (Wheelchair Sports Camp,) Aja Boogie (The ReMinders,) Dyalekt & Bravo One- "99th Problems", a sneak peek into a future project with Mercury Sauce Recordings as well as his precursor the premier of this website & the Mr. Bostic (One Eyed Kings) produced "SAUL AMORE: A MODERN DAY MASSACRE."
"SAUL AMORE: A MODERN DAY MASSACRE "EP exposes new artist Benjamin Butters along side Zome (Diamond Boiz), Living Legend himself Scarub & Chicago's son Qwazzar (Typical Cats/Galapagos 4.) "Saul Amore" is a take on different forms of love…but definitely not "Love" songs.
With plans set in motion for the spring, summer and fall…Mane Rok & all of his co-workers hope you enjoy the ride.
Saul Amore: A Modern Day Massacre
Mane Rok & DeeJay Tense
Release Date: 02/14/2012
Produced by: Mr. Bostic (One Eyed Kings)
Featuring Benjamin Butters, Zome, Scarub, Qwazzar
"Saul Amore" is a take on different forms of love…but definitely not "Love" songs. Featuring Scarub (Living Legends,) Qwazzar (Typical Cats/Galapagos 4,) Zome (Diamond Boiz,) & introducing Benjamin Butters, the seductively smooth flow of the EP glides in and out of your ear canals so you do it repeatedly.
Mama Said (Remix)
You Like This
Mane Rok featuring Zome & Bravo One
Release Date: 02/09/2012
presents the long awaited remix to the Mr. Bostic produced "Mama Said" from "The Ugly Truth" and who better to remix it then the man who smashed it in the first place-Bostic. A flip here, a couple verses there and bada-bing-bada-boom…put your hands up!
Mane Rok & Others
Release Date: 11/22/2011
Produced by: Dyalekt (Diamond Boiz)
"99th Problem" was initially an idea brought to the table by Video Directors/Creators the Locker Partners. Noticing the position (& constant social media blitzes) of Mane Rok, the duo who had talked with the MC prior about a linking for a project, approached Mane to see if making a Hip-Hop track with multiple MC's on it giving their take on the movement was possible. No stranger to rounding up groups for work, Mane immediately approached his cohorts Bravo One (who's body of work with his group One Eyed Kings is laced with "politically" charged material,) as well as his most recent collaborator Dyalekt (Diamond Boiz.) Dyalekt handled the production on the track while also lending his hoodtelligent vocals. Mane's partner in "En Stereo" Es Nine (also of Prime Element) was the natural choice for engineer and DJ. Also, recognizing the idea that "99%" is a rather encompassing number, Mane then reached out to The ReMINDers stand out vocalist Aja Black to add her take, which led to the including Denver's political and musical champions Jonny 5 of the Flobots and T Minus Katlyn of Wheelchair Sports Camp. In essence, giving a representation of WHO the "99" are.
Mane Rok featuring Greg Harris
Release Date: 11/03/2011
Produced by: Mercury Sauce Recordings
A sneak peek of Hip-Hop...well…it's bigger than Hip-Hop.
"Dyalekt produced "Love is Gone" for The Ugly Truth, and having already worked with Mane on three songs previously, the collaboration came together with ease. Conceived as a tribute to Carlos Santana (due at Red Rocks this weekend for a pair of shows with George Lopez) Santanamation is designed to give an entirely new take to some of Santana's most popular songs. "
Mane Rok & Dyalekt
Release Date: 09/02/2011
Produced by: Dyalekt (Diamond Boiz)
- Ru Johnson [Westword]
"As I alluded to earlier, En Stereo is made up of two talented individuals. The song production and turntable manipulations are handled by Es Nine, and the vocals are deftly performed by Mane Rok. This group is all about the classic boom bap flavor of hip hop. That means they stick to the tried and true formula of hard, funky drum beats that propel the tight rhyming laid over top of them. And you know what? It’s captivating! Everything sounds fantastic!"
En Stereo (Mane Rok & Es Nine
featuring Rhias (Air Dubai), Sarah Golay, Jaimee Salgado, Ichiban, Deca, A.V.I.U.S., Kam Moye, Prince Po
Release Date: 06/23/2011
- Penfold - TheRippleEffect.com
"...Mane Rok and Es-Nine took it back to the early '90s with this one, and they knocked it out of the park."
- Ru Johnson - Westword
This One's (Remixes)
Mane Rok & DeeJay Tense
featuring Myrical Child, 800 The Jewell, Strange Powers, Kolor Grey, Jericho Son of None, Qknox, Dyalekt, Theem One, Ichiban, TimeLine
Release Date: 07/25/2011
A series of remixes from various Colorado artist of the controversial anti-police brutality song from "The Ugly Truth." "This One's" is a dedication to the victims of police brutality and to the cops who are working to clean the system.
The Ugly Truth
“The Ugly Truth is not only personal on a level that unites the audience with this often aloof individual, but also has entertaining, emotional, eye-opening tracks. Mane puts his soul out there for all to see, and also slips in some social commentary to give us a view into his mind, as well. ”
Mane Rok's first solo endeavor.
- Nicole Cormier - Colorado Music Buzz
This is the portion where you'll find a lil' bit o'everything....music vids, "Minute With Mane" blogging and more...visuals...it's 2012...and video killed the radio star along time ago. Enjoy it. -Mane Rok
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