Monday, February 27, 2012


I came across this 38 minute long documentary for underground NC group Kooley High about three years ago, and I love what Napoleon Wright II was able to convey.  It is an in-depth, yet short, look into the formation of Kooley High, comprised of Charlie Smarts, Tab-One, Sinopsis, Foolery, DJ Ill Digitz, and sole female voice Rapsody.  The three MC, two producer, one DJ outfit gave us a glimpse when this was filmed about what the Triangle Region (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) was about when it came to a purer, more grassroots approach to hip hop.  I've been fortunate enough to see Rapsody perform a few months ago, on tour with 9th Wonder and Phonte, and she is a microphone phenom to say the least.  I also chopped it up a couple of years ago with Charlie Smarts after a dope performance by The Foreign Exchange at Cat's Cradle (what's up Charlie Smarts, I didn't forget our parking lot conversation).  Special thanks to the keen mind of Napoleon and all that helped to make this short documentary happen.  Visit for more insight into the North Carolina design collective responsible for this vision to come to fruition.  You can also find out more about the Kooley High collective at  Each member of the group is flourishing collectively or on a separate plane, and I am very proud of my NC brethren (and sista Rap Diddy too).  Enjoy the 38:01 long video, and check out their music!

One Day - Introducing Kooley High from Napoleon Wright II on Vimeo.

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