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 instead 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 Heroes, Atmosphere, and The Digable Planets.
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 wrapping up their debut EP, Avant, to be released on April 30th, 2009, they are now prepared to extend their reach further. Anchored by the singles, “Deeper” and “Think Big”, The Avant EP is sure to serve as a solid introduction to The Southpaw Players' distinct style of Truth Music.
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