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New Sleep album is out April 15! New video & pre-order up now!

The new Sleep of Oldominion album “Oregon Failure” drops on CD & MP3 Download on APRIL 15!

Pre-orders from SFRstore are available here.

 

Produced by Denver’s Maulskull, Sleep of Oldominion’s ‘Oregon Failure’ is a sorely needed return to spitting bars for the genre. Set to Maulskull’s heavy hitting, up-tempo dreamtrap, the album’s themes touch on trial and error, effort and failure, and ultimately perseverance. A master of poly-rhythmic turnarounds, chopping double time, Sleep builds up cadence the way Diplo builds towards the drop. Never coming off phony or Pollyannaish, young go-hards and old school heads alike can identify with the anthems of ‘Oregon Failure’.

Features By Pigeon John, Xperience, Ceschi and Onry Ozzborn!

Check out “SINKING SHIP”, the first video from the album!

Tracklisting
1. Where Ya At?
2. It’s Out of My Hands
3. The Beat
4. Something Else (piano by Beau Bryant)
5. Substances ft Ceschi & Onry Ozzborn (guitar by Skylar Blake; keys by Danny Haigh (for Crusader Keystorm)
6. Here Inside ft Nyqwil of Oldominion
7. Truth Serum ft. Pigeon John (background vocals Toni Hill)
8. I’m Sorry  (bass by Skylar Blake; keys Danny Haigh for Crusader Keystorm; additional drum programming Smoke M2D6)
9. Tumbleweed ft. X-Perience of Oldominion and A. Samori (background vocals Toni Hill; guitar by Cody Dean)
10. Sinking Ship
11. You Ain’t Sh#*T! ft. Tony Ozier
12. Rap Rehab (guitar and piano Charles Cliff)
13. Broke (background vocals Tony Ozier; bass by Skylar Blake, keys by Danny Haigh; drums by Nate Gendron
Check out the lyrics to “Sinking Ship”!:
Intro:
Okay fuck it, guess I’ll do what I do best crush it. You can’t touch it. When I get the motor running I’ma run amuck kid, my tongue is dynamite I’m causing an eruption, must have been abducted. Never muttering or fumbling, (fumbling). Pummeling a million men, and never crumbling. Son of a bitch I’m bubbling I’m in trouble again. Seem to get into it every now and then, cause I never know when I take it easy when I grab a pen. Yes I rock in the pocket pop eye sockets out when I rip it. Time ticking down, rhyme wicked now check it out you are now listening to who and what It’s all about.
Verse 1:
Now I get up in the beat like I got a vendetta with it. Let me get heavy with it let me celebrate me getting better with it. Haven’t figured out how to get cheddar with it but I set and get it let me demonstrate what a heavy weight is saying now I’m complicated aggravating everybody listening wishing they could do it better than me, but I said already that I’m heavy let me rip the script into confetti. And I bet you my machete making you spaghetti, if you step to me thinking I won’t be ready. Now if I’m sending deadly messaging I’m really sorry I’ve been really dealing with something buried in me, it really scary and I’m bearing everything inside of me for you to see now.
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
My eyes are open, are open, are open x4
Verse 2:
Here I go again a tornado in my head, and its forcing me to go into my basement and arrange it in a way that’s making people going crazy when I say it yea, I making waves and never fake it take away the wake and baking,  if I really want to make it. Pick my brain apart. I beg your pardon let me hit it harder than them other artists, get it moving like a cruiser missile break it down to the bone gristle, with a little riddle that I whittled when I wasn’t riddled with these bitter feelings that I’m feeling cause I’m dealing with the stress of holding buildings up, and I could kick it up a notch I’m an independent artist let me holler at myself if I wanna make it hot.
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
Verse 3:
Let me set it straight and demonstrate it, let me try and do it like the greats did it. Like back in the day when they did it trippy heavy ripping illustrated. Never fabricated and I’m animated Rodney made my passes laminated, and I got a cadence that’ll take you to another level let me grab the mic and break it, take it, take it, take it in let me get a win let me get it in can I get a witness let me set it straight, I wanna put it away but I can’t stop myself and the ripping mechanism, when I’m in the mix did I mention, when I’m in the fifth dimension, when I’m about to exhibit a mint condition and I’m about to open your mind and perform inception
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
My eyes are open, are open, are open x4
The new Sleep of Oldominion album “Oregon Failure” drops on CD & MP3 Download on APRIL 15! Pre-orders from SFRstore are available here.
Mar 05

Trials and Tribulations of Indie-Rap Tours

“I’ll Never Beat the Clock on this Infinite Tour”

The troubles began the day before our first show in LA. We planned to leave a day early since LA is an 18 hour drive from Portland. I decided to take my own car rather than rent a car in order to keep expenses low, so I had some work done on it to make sure it was ready for the long trip. When I went to pick it up, my debit card was declined even though I deposited enough money in my bank account to cover all expenses. I called my bank and discovered that my debit card had been counterfeited and $800 had been taken from my account. Identity theft… sweeeeeet! The issue was resolved the next morning, which was the day of the show (an 18 hr drive away.)

Once this issue was resolved we started our journey to LA. We smashed all the way there, speeding pretty fast, but we didn’t arrive until 12:35 a.m. I went straight on stage and played a 45 minute set for a thinned out crowd of people who stuck around to see me. It was a good show but I felt a little rough around the edges from the long drive. After a couple of shows everything starting to come together; the shows were great and I was having a wonderful time. And then my wife’s grandmother passed away.

I didn’t really know what to do being that I was so far away, so I decided to fly my wife and son to Oakland so we could be together. This was a decision that I knew would make travel very tricky but I had to do it. We only had one more show in California and it was an all ages B Boy jam in Monterey Bay. We had to fly my brother Jon The Baptist to Albuquerque in order to make room in the car. Most of my family lives in New Mexico so it was a good place to set up camp. The B Boy battle ran over time so by the time I got on stage most of the crowd had left. This show was the first time my son had seen me perform so I felt blessed to do it. It was funny…he wouldn’t just stay and watch, he had to be part of it. So I ended up carrying him in my arms the whole peformance, which was only 15 mins. Babies are the new bling ha ha.

We left the next morning, making our way to New Mexico from Oakland. We decided to go through Las Vegas and stay the night with my dad. We ran into some pretty bad monsoon weather on our way and it looked like we’d be following that storm system for the rest of the tour. When we got to New Mexico the car started acting funny. It was shaking when the brakes were pushed, so I had to take it to a mechanic and fly to Texas for the next leg of the tour. I didn’t have enough money to fly everyone out so my family and my brother stayed in NM while DJ Zone and myself went to Texas for a few shows.

Our original plan was to fly into San Antonio and catch a ride to Austin where the show was, but during our layover in Houston there was a flash flood/ lightning storm and the airport was closed. It opened up but our flight was delayed and we would not make it in time to make the show. We ended up having a buddy drive from Austin to come get us and take us back. This was going to get us there late but it was still the better option because if we sped the whole way we could make the show. And we did. We got there 5 minutes before I had to go on stage.

The show had a good attendance and the energy was real good. This show was one of the best shows on the tour, but the other shows in Texas were good too. After Texas we headed back to NM to meet up with the family and rock some more shows. I ended up doing a show in Albuquerque with De La Soul and it was a great night. De la ripped it, we ripped it, and everyone had a blast. I can’t believe how long De La has been touring and they still look exactly the same. It’s like they don’t age. The next day we headed out to Colorado with my family and Zone in my car while my brother and manager drove in another car. The first show in Colorado was in Boulder at the Fox Theater. We were playing with DJ Newmark (who killed it by the way). There were a few heads who came out but it was not packed…and when that venue is not packed it feels very empty. Despite that fact, it was a great show. We then headed out to a venue called Mishuwaka where we played with Hay Stack.

The venue was outdoors and it had a river running behind it. Really beautiful setting. I was nervous prior to my performance because there were a lot of mainstream-ish acts who went on before me (or they at least made an attempt to make that kind of music) and the crowd seemed to love it. This made me feel like they would hate my music once I hit the stage with material from Hesitation Wounds. Thankfully, I was wrong. The crowd loved it. However, there was one guy who asked my manager “Who’s next?” When she replied that Whiskey Blanket was next he asked “Are they better than this guy?” My manager responded by saying that she didn’t think so and he said “So they suck then!” Apparently I didn’t impress this guy much. haha. I did manage to impress Hay Stack. He stopped in the middle of his set and gave respects to Whiskey Blanket and myself. He said, “Sometimes you come across a band or a lyricist that you just know is going to make it.” He said it made him smile seeing me and Whiskey Blanket smash it. It was a strange night overall but it ended being one of my favorite nights of the tour.

After Colorado I went back to NM and stayed for a week so I could spend sometime with my Grandfather whose health has been bad for the past couple of years. My Grandfather actually raised me, so his failing health has been extremely difficult for me to deal with (to say the least.) While I was there I wanted to help him out with some yard work and house work. I mostly just wanted to soak up as much time with him as possible and let him meet my son. After this brief break in NM, I packed up the family one last time and headed to Arizona. On our way to the Phoenix we blew out a tire while driving in the middle of nowhere. I had a spare but it was just a doughnut and it was too late to get a new tire. I could only drive 45mph on it, but that’s what we had to do in order to make the show. We were still about 200 miles away from Phoenix so it took a long time (driving at 45mph and all), but once again we made it to the venue just in time to rock the set. It was a good show. It was the last show. And as you can imagine, by this time I was more than ready to get back home.

The drive home was very chill; just me, my wife and my son. We made it a casual thing, turning the road trip into a mini vacation…mostly stopping and visiting our family up the coast en route back home. All in all, I had driven 13,000 miles by myself and rocked some twenty odd shows. I was also pretty broke from it all but I was home! To tell you the truth I can’t wait to do it again.

Sep 24

Hesitation Wounds drops June 30! FREE download w/ Del!

The countdown begins! Not much longer until the long-awaited SFR debut from Sleep arrives in stores, but you can click here to lock down your copy with some exclusive Strange Famous bonus items today.

All pre-orders purchased through SFRstore.com will include an 11×17 Hesitation Wounds poster SIGNED BY SLEEP and a Strange Famous Records sticker!

Click here for the FREE DOWNLOAD of the official leak of Sleep’s “Lothar” featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien!

“This is an infinite love in its purest form. It’s not the norm but it’s all I know so here it goes.
This speaking from the heart tore my life apart to bleed for ya, I just thought you should know.” – Sleep of Oldominion from “Talk About It”

After a decade of trail-blazing across America and cementing his reputation as one of underground hip hop’s true buried treasures, SLEEP of Oldominion & Strange Famous Records are proud to announce the release of his third album HESITATION WOUNDS.  Due out June 30, the album combines the witty and shocking decrees from the mind of vocalist Sleep with a high-speed barrage of sonic thunder from a selection of indie hip hop’s finest beatsmiths. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 09

Thanks again

Just got off the road and wanted to address the big news. So all the rumors where true about a SFR Sleep release! Ha Ha sorry if I changed the subject when asked about it. I was trying my best to keep a lid on it. It was kind of hard when it made it’s way on a flier. I’m very excited about working with SFR on my newest release. I put a lot into this record and am proud of it! I will be touring a lot over the next year and will post all upcoming shows on my calender. I will also start blogging (which is something I’ve haven’t been to good at in the past) to keep you posted on any news I have in my life! Thanks again for all your support!!! Big things ahead!!

Feb 15

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