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Music Mediks: A Lost EP

 

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Music Mediks” by Hail Medik of Black Cross

Music Mediks” is not just another independently-produced masterpiece brought to you by a member of Black Cross. Nor is it simply just Hail Medik’s debut solo EP.

“Music Mediks” is a showcase of, and a memorial to, the late Kooley C.

It’s a celebration of the amazing audio engineer who was literally and figuratively instrumental in the creation of the “Black Cross EP“, the “Rule of Two” and Gnarly’s (aka, Wes VanStyle) “The Dream State“. Kooley orchestrated the unique sound that enabled Black Cross to harness their own.

Kooley C changed lives.  His ability to anticipate needs and build upon raw artistic talent in every track he helped to record was what made him extraordinary.

 "Music Mediks" by Hail Medik as recorded by Kooley C

Kooley was inseperable from the music he recorded. Beyond giving input and helping artists achieve their potential, his gift was his ability to give form, singularity, and soul to any piece of audio he laid his ears upon.

Equally as remarkable was his unique abilty to recognize when to let the gritty essence of a track speak for itself. His natural instinct and professionalism made him family to all who had the pleasure of working with him.

Hail Medik was initially uncomforatable about releasing “Music Mediks”, being that it’s technically an unmixed, unmastered project. But Medik’s obsessive, perfectionist nature, something he has wrestled with for his entire life (as referenced in the opening track “Critical“), conflicted with his desire to remain true to Kooley’s original sound.  After no shortage of agonizing, it became clear to him that the original, unaltered sound that Kooley lent to this EP deserved to be heard.

Although Kooley is no longer with us, his influence will live on through those who he has encountered merely by his presence, and his voice will forever be heard through the amazing artists he helped to shape.

Proudly including, Hail Medik.

Music Mediks” is not just an EP.  It’s an audio picture-book. It’s a collection of tracks forged by those who are dedicated to the longevity and validity of Hip-Hop music. It is in many regards, a masterpiece; written and recorded by those who won’t settle for the degradation of what could soon be a lost art. The art of Hip-Hop.

“Music Mediks” is a lost EP that refuses to be lost in the fold and, more importantly, it refuses to lose one of the greatest talents you have never known.

This is for you, Kooley.

RIP

March 31, 1970 – April 26, 2016

RIP

Kooley C aka Calvin Pucket, Sr.

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Hail Medik aka Randall Bryce

Music Medikshttps://soundcloud.com/randall-bryce/sets/music-mediks-a-lost-ep

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Black Cross: The Rule Of Two

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The Rule of Two” by Black Cross

Black Cross: An intelligent, musically intuitive, independent Hip-Hop group based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.  They established themselves by releasing the Black Cross EP on 12/13/2014, before releasing the preeminent The Rule of Two mixtape exactly one year later, on 12/13/2015. Currently, the core of Black Cross consists of the unabashed Hail Medik and the mysterious Wes VanStyles.

Wes VanStyles: also known as Gnarly & Young Voorhees, is originally from Reading, PA but now resides in West Palm Beach, FL . In this small Pennsylvanian city, crime ran rampant. Fortunately for Wes, he escaped the dead-end life of crime by moving to south Florida in his late teens.

When he arrived to the Sunshine State, he began rapping on a bet from an old Reading, PA friend. Though Wes listened to hip hop his whole life, he had never attempted to write or rap with much conviction. But once he did, he found that he thoroughly enjoyed it. Wes was first put on to some recording sessions with a man known as “Harry-O”. Harry showed Wes the ropes and Wes VanStyles, AKA Gnarly, AKA Young Voorhees, still seeks advice from Harry-O to this day.

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The Dream State” by Wes VanStyles

Wes kept at it and met Randall Bryce, AKA Hail Medik, at an internship where he discovered Randall’s music-producing talents. Through the next few years Randall and Wes formed a musical partnership which was joined shortly thereafter by The Real B.i., Hail Medik (Randall) and Gnarly (Wes) soon released their first collaborative piece, the introductory Black Cross EP featuring The Real B.i., R.A.A.S., and Kooley C.

 

The Night

Track 16 on ‘The Rule of Two’ 

 

Hail Medik: Representing Montclair, NJ, Randall Bryce is a self-described “musical juggernaut” with an ambitious and undoubtedly bright future. The offspring of two musicians, his ability and passion for music are his birthright. He began composing beats at the age of 14 and began rapping after being challenged by another rapper on an online Hip-Hop battle message board. The competitive Hip-Hop environment combined with his diverse upbringing in New Jersey helped build the foundation for what would eventually become his Hip-Hop alter-ego, Hail Medik.

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Super Premium (Knot Man Teaser)” by Hail Medik

A defining moment for Randall’s creative development occurred in 2005, at the age of 17 when he moved to West Palm Beach, FL with his dad.  It was living with his musician father (R.A.A.S) where he discovered early Hip-Hop influences and honed his technique for composing beats.  His father had always been an avid freestyler and would encourage the young artist to freestyle every chance he could.  Through their time living together, Hail Medik developed a unique identity and transitioned from Hip-Hop fan, to Hip-Hop ARTIST.

Hail Medik met The Real B.i. in 2007 through mutual friends and they bonded over a shared love for music and video games. Recognizing and admiring each other’s skills, the pair started writing Hip-Hop tracks together, envisioning a joint mixtape called “Video Game”.  Unwittingly, the duo had begun to set the framework for Black Cross.  It was in 2012 that Hail met Gnarly, who would prove to be the motivating piece that completed the Black Cross puzzle. Gnarly’s methodical work ethic and insatiable ambition helped the group realize and pursue its full potential.

Their combination of differing styles, confidence, and lyrical ability set them apart from the vast majority of current rappers who attempt to benefit from leveraging a gimmick. Black Cross is not a group of rappers, it’s a group of Hip-Hop ARTISTS with a lot of passion and a lot to prove.

The REAL Black Cross: Making Music. Not noise.

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Treat your stereos to Black Cross at one of these music streaming sites:

SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/realblackcross

Bandcamp: http://www.realblackcross.bandcamp.com

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/realblackcross

 

@RealBlackCross on Twitter & Instagram

Facebook.com/realblackcross

 

 

Source: Reverbnation.com/realblackcross/bio