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Coolzey and Soce the Elemental Wizard connect cross-continent LA to NY to create this 5 song EP of all new hip-hop and indie pop records just for you.

'When I first started touring as Coolzey with Schaffer the Darklord around 2005, Mark would show me rad contemporary music (I was still stuck in the 90s) that I didn't know about. He showed me the video for Soce's 'Sad and Lonely' (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqK0kMKWsn0 ) and I was just taken by the fierce and dark comedic juxtaposition of Soce's happy beats and voice with the tragic subject matter. We became friends shortly thereafter. Our collaboration 'Graduation Day' from 'Coolzey and the Search for the Hip Hop Hearts' is the most popular jam from that album (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PklaAyx7T7Q ) . I get more requests to perform it at shows than any other song in my catalogue. I wanted to try and capture the same juxtaposition of slapstick comedy and serious tragedy in my lyrics that moved me in Soce's work while still retaining my voice.

I also am a strong supporter of Andrew being an unapologetically openly gay rapper in the homophobic hip hop world. I support gay rights and feel that the gay community is still not anywhere near as accepted as they should be in the present day. I was even kicking around the idea of titling the album 'Support Gay Rights or Die' just to get it into people's faces but I felt that it would have been misleading to the content, and we settled for the more inviting 'Coolsay'. These 5 songs were whittled down from at least twice as many that I was working on. There was a bonus 6th track available only with the pre-sale, and then it was purposefully vaulted.' -Coolzey

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released February 3, 2015

Coolzey - Vocals and Studio Production
Soce the Elemental Wizard - Music and Beats,
Guest Vocals on Sleight of Hand and Another

Schaffer the Darklord - Guest Vocals on Sleight of Hand
Tyler Davis Parkford - Guest Vocals and Keys on Bachelor's Holiday
Nelson Lugo - Guest Vocals on Sleight of Hand
Belly Belt - Guest Vocals on Near the End and The Drama
Joelle Grabowski - Guest Vocals on The Drama

Luke Tweedy - Engineer
Jennifer Hennesy - Artwork

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Coolzey Los Angeles, California

Golden era hip-hop roots planted in black Iowa dirt are the foundation. Growth tempered by alternative era rock influence. This along with a love for the juxtaposition of the dark, horrific nature of life paired with a slapstick and comedic view of the world allow for a wide, unpredictable arsenal ranging from soul-spilling indie bedroom rock to wise-cracking battle rap and on to radio pop. ... more

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Track Name: Another
Come on y'all
Just touch the sky
and if you have a solid alibi
Then you don't even have to try
You're just having fun
and you don't care why
Come on y'all
Get live get down
Whether you're NY or LA
or from a small town
Whether you're moving like a verb
or chilling like a noun
Less muscles to smile
and more muscles to frown

From the rich to the poor
From the lab to the store
From my mouth to the mic
To the crowd on the floor
From the front to the back
The back to the front
To my straight edge punks
and to those who smoke blunts
My people that have only tried
Once but still inhaled
My people hooked on methodone
My people who's in jail
My people on the run
My families on the foodstamps
People in religious cults
Soldiers in the boot camps
Champs to the losers
Stoners to the boozers
Facebook users to the Youtube viewers
From the sewers to the clouds
Humble to the proud
From the cradle to the grave
Past masters to the now
Keep pushing the limits that these bastards will allow
Keep adding on digits get the cash to kill the cow
Wiping off my brow because
My work ethic is large
and I'll be goddamned
If the man is in charge

You say you're always doing something new
Why don't you check it out it's all for you
I put so much love into what I do
Why do you feel the need to say fuck you

Coolzey got to empower you
Before they devour you
Herd you in a compound
Zyklon B shower you
I know it tastes sour too
Come on and join the rebel crew
Keep your skills sharp
So at the final hour you
Can rise above the heroes
As they perish on the physical
Relax you are a hustler
Too clever for the typical
Pitfalls and snares
That the Lord has laid out for you
and when you make it past that
I got a cold stout for you
Waiting in the shade
of a tree at the compound
Secret HQ
Where Coolzey make the bomb sound
and you know I'm not afraid to snap
Steal it from these wack baseheads
and then we give it back
Can't hurt my feelings
I've been training in the field
Without a shield
Against the masters
Until they yield what I am after
Reach for the ceiling
It's your ego that I'm stealing
Now we're reeling in the riches
As we scream it to the rafters

You say you're always doing something new
Why don't you check it out it's all for you
I put so much love into what I do
Why do you feel the need to say fuck you

Come on y'all
Just touch the sky
and if you have a solid alibi
Then you don't even have to try
You're just having fun
and you don't care why
Come on y'all
Get live get down
Whether you're NY or LA
or from a small town
Whether you're moving like a verb
or chilling like a noun
Less muscles to smile
and more muscles to frown
Track Name: The Drama
First up on the list is a victim
Was a big fish in a small town
Whoever listened
he would tell tales
Of how he was running shit
But really he was just sniffin blow and playing Call of Duty Til the AM
Sleepin all day he stopped payin for the drugs
Started burnin wannabe small town thugs over ounces of green
Collecting guns
His little team disbanded
On some mutiny
He even took his family for loot
Sitting on a dirty futon
Cleaning his pieces
That he never shoot
Bearing no fruit
Telling his friends back on the East Coast
That these little Midwest kids is getting taken for they milquetoast
But really now he's all alone
When he's off the phone
Burned too many bridges
Bad business bad karma
Now he's itchin
To take the weight off
And be free from it
Starin down the barrel
To see what he could see from it

He caught the drama

Next up on the list
Is a sister
Lookin for love in the wrong places
Whoever kissed her
Fell into a web of worries and stress
Yes duress was the only way she knew
How to express her love
She would push pull and shove
Until her lover would snap
She didn't know that she was
Baiting a trap
Caught up in a circle of vicious
Denial
never thought for a sec that she would have to stand trial
For her selfish ways
So she kept stackin the days
Full of scorn and malaise
Putting her lover in a haze of confusion that eventually would turn to regret
But she had no sympathy or respect for their predicament
She just kept living with this sense of self entitlement
But nobody owed her shit
She was just a spoiled American brat
Who never gave back
Until her body turned to dirt then she was forced to at last

She caught the drama

Last and straight least
Less a man than a beast
Another hot shot kid
Who Joined the local police
No compassion or remorse
Quick to use brute force
He would take out his aggression
If he didn’t endorse
Your lifestyle
Lucky if you made it to trial
Because he saw fit to judge men
Brown skin was a no no
Woe unto a brother
Coming to his town solo
No laws were broken
Probable cause invokin
the self-righteous Christian
Puritan on a mission
What he didn’t know though
When harrassin a homo
Who was just hanging out
his homie caught it on a Go Pro
Now the whole world know
Bigotry no longer local
Hate mail and death threats
That’s when his wife left
She took the kids
They took his badge and left him
with his gun
Slid the barrel
in his mouth and squeezed
the trigger like a coward
He went out like a sucker
For abusing his power

He caught the drama
Track Name: Sleight of Hand
COOLZEY

Gather round closely folks
What you’re about to see
Is just about enough to get you
Questioning reality
Minds blown - Obviously
Yes that’s what I’m talking about
Check out my rhetorical skills
I spin you round about
Until you can’t tell
Which way is which
Which is what will loosen
Up the time stitch
so i can slip in
Then you’re mine bitch
Lines that intersect is where
I find my opportunity to misdirect
Now pull a card out of this deck
Inspect it carefully
I want you to be satisfied
Show it to your friend
While I turn my back
Atta guy
Here take this Sharpie
and mark it up uniquely
Tear it half but please don’t show it to me
Now put in the pocket of your coat
And gimme a glass of water
I got something in my throat
Hold up a minute
Is this your card?
Is it?
What about your pocket
Take a look
There’s nothing in it!

CHORUS

You know I got tricks
To put on a show
With the sleight of hand
and a solid flow
In the place tonight
With imagery that’s tight
and a countenance that’s grand
Yes I’m a humble man
But still I got tricks
To engage your mind
With the sleight of hand
I think that you will find
That when you let go
The things that you will see
Will help you to believe the magic
That you have hidden just up your sleeve

SOCE THE ELEMENTAL WIZARD

It's raining outside, yet this uncovered painting is dry.
I'm the master of elements, and I say it's no lie.
I freeze enemies in their tracks. Their faces go cry
Icicles with blades like a knife to make them comply.
Have a seat. The lights went out? It's all in the plans.
I keep the entire stage brighter with my fireball hands.
My secrets are safe. I would never uncover the code.
You might not survive, but that's part of the fun of the show.
Relax. They always say in life, "Get your mind right."
It's the same people who claim lightning never strikes twice.
I'll move tectonic plates if it gets me a good review.
Feeling the earth quake for a second is super cool.
I keep my satchel packed with the neatest of tricks.
Like the great Keizer Soze, I don't even exist.
My hip hop instrumentals deliver a hype crowd.
Surprise! You're listening to one of my beats right now.

CHORUS

You know I got tricks
To put on a show
With the sleight of hand
and a solid flow
In the place tonight
With imagery that’s tight
and a countenance that’s grand
Yes I’m a humble man
But still I got tricks
To engage your mind
With the sleight of hand
I think that you will find
That when you let go
The things that you will see
Will help you to believe the magic
That you have hidden just up your sleeve

SCHAFFER THE DARKLORD

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be astounded
Mesmerized, mystified and all around confounded
Dumbfounded, I will make magic
Nothing's as it seems, including this fake accent

Wait, take a back step, I'll clear up all confusion
Call me Doug Henning 'cause I call it all illusion
Yeah, I can make a hanky vanish, I can make a ball appear
Or I break your freaking brain, but I'ma need a volunteer

Hop up here, inspect this box, ensure there's nothing funny at it
While you're at it, I'll produce a couple dozen bunny rabbits
From my hat, it's magic, man, it's madness, lie inside it, love
I lock it, saw it in half - TA-DA! - Look, it's a bunch of doves

Never tip gaffs to rubes or their sons or daughters
Even when shackled in tubes, inverted underwater
I open with the Indian rope trick, I’m so sick
Tell me that I’m dope, I’m like “no shit.”

CHORUS

You know I got tricks
To put on a show
With the sleight of hand
and a solid flow
In the place tonight
With imagery that’s tight
and a countenance that’s grand
Yes I’m a humble man
But still I got tricks
To engage your mind
With the sleight of hand
I think that you will find
That when you let go
The things that you will see
Will help you to believe the magic
That you have hidden just up your sleeve
Track Name: Bachelor's Holiday
COOLZEY

Seems it started off so simple
We were buried in lover’s bliss
Never thought something so playful
Could turn so serious
Don’t know what it was that struck you
But I know it was something I said
You keep running inside your head
Yeah whatever it was I said

You say it’s fine
Still I can feel there’s something wrong
You say never mind
Now I know there’s something wrong
Well that didn’t take long
Now you’re just another song

TYLER PARKFORD

Like it was just a dream anyway
Yeah
Like this was bound to happen any day
Yeah
Like fuck it let’s just throw this away
I can’t believe you really feel that way

COOLZEY

Saw you on the roller coaster
Out of the corner of my eye
While I had my hands up laughing
You had a tear in your eye
Turned to me and said
I wanna die
You killed my high

You say I never listen to you
Seems to me it’s all I do
I thought that this was what you wanted
Apparently I don’t know boo
Wanted to give you some space
So I stepped out with my crew
But nothing can remove that feeling
You keep rotting inside of you

TYLER PARKFORD

Like it was just a scene anyway
Yeah
That wasn’t very good anyway
Yeah
Like fuck it let’s just throw this away
Now I’m on another bachelor’s holiday

(Keyboard solo)

Like it was just a dream anyway
Yeah
Like this was bound to happen any day
Yeah
Like fuck it let’s just throw this away
I can’t believe you really feel that way
Like it was just a scene anyway
Yeah
That wasn’t very good anyway
Yeah
Like fuck it let’s just throw this away
Now I’m on another bachelor’s holiday
Yeah
Track Name: Near the End
COOLZEY

I stepped out of my house and
noticed that my garden was all
full of weeds
So I got down on my knees
Rolled up my sleeves
and started pulling things

Years went by
I stopped to get an Americano
Looked down at my work
and swore to God someone
was fooling me

Because everything had grown back
I was like if I would have known that
I would have just copped a six pack
and gotten blown back

Not the type to give in though
And so I carbed up
Took off my shirt
and began my second attack

With the weed wack and the Roundup
Tearing the fucking ground up
Couldn’t hear my radio
I kept steadily turning the sound up

Until it finally maxed out
That’s when I blew my back out
Looked at my bloody fingers
with confusion and I blacked out

When I came to it was dark
I thought ‘right’
I must have missed the rest of the day
It’s probably night

But when I stood up
I was shook
Because it was midday
and the freshly grown weeds
had been completely
obstructing the light

BELLY BELT

All becomes clear near the end
See all of your fears near the end

COOLZEY

Now innovation is my game
Not patience
So I came to the realization
That I had to coexist with these things

So I cut a few down
And mashed them up into a paste
Spread it on my toast
But I didn’t like the taste

I ran some through the juicer
To see what I might extract
But when I ingested it
It just induced pain
in my digestive tract

So I cut some down and dried it
Then I broke it up and smoked it
For a minute I felt nothing
But then my brain split open

I rose up above my little house
Above my little town
I couldn’t see my garden soon
Just mountains clouds and oceans

And as I came back down
I saw the other people illing
Standing in their backyards
Just bugging out and killing

Everything they didn’t like
Everything that didn’t fit
Everything they thought was ugly
Everything they deemed unfit

Now there’s no way this was real
I’m sure I was only dreaming
But to this day I swear
The weeds sounded just like people screaming

BELLY BELT

All becomes clear near the end
See all of your fears near the end