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 http://becauseus.org/ 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 http://www.kooleyhigh.com/. 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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