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Popular online music outlet, www.trinidadtunes.com is the only place to get the solo debut album from local hip-hop artiste and Spotrushaz member, Nigel “BDangerous” Telesford. Inspired by the group’s groundbreaking licensing deal with US video game manufacturers, 2KSports last year, Telesford compiled a 15-track album entitled All Inclusive and has chosen to release it exclusively on www.trinidadtunes.com.
“The Internet is definitely where it’s at,” said Telesford. “CD sales are down and declining world-wide, while internet downloads continue to increase. With all the good things that have happened for our music through the Internet, it only makes good business sense to release my album digitally first and then do some limited edition CDs later on. Thankfully, we have our very own online outlet in trinidadtunes, where music lovers can use local credit cards to purchase songs legally. Since getting that song on NBA2K10, our myspace and YouTube hits have doubled and continue to increase as more people around the world investigate our unique Trini flavor.”
Composed and conceptualized by Telesford and recorded on Aaron Peters’ ‘Shake It’ riddim in 2006, the group’s song “Iron” is now being heard around the world on the soundtrack of the best-selling basketball video game, NBA2K10. This game was released in October 2009 and according to a recent release from the company sold over two million copies in that month alone. The impressive sales figures mark a 60 percent increase in sales over the same period the year before for NBA2K9.
“Iron is a personal achievement for me as a songwriter and an artiste,” said Telesford, “because it was the first song that I brought to life from an idea I just had in my head. To see and hear it on a best-selling video game now is a dream come true and it made me want to explore my own creativity some more: hence the reason I put this album together.”
All Inclusivefeatures the revolutionary song, “Iron”, which is also the first hip-hop track to include live iron instrumentation, as well as other group hits co-written by Telesford like “De Scene” and “Wine Down”.
“De Scene” was originally used as the soundtrack for the daily video countdown on Synergy TV, which was also named, created and produced by Telesford during his stint as a producer at the station. “Wine Down” was nominated in the ‘Best Hip-Hop/R&B’ category at the 2008 COTT Awards and lost to Rohan “Fireball” Richards’ “What I Want” in a controversial decision. Nevertheless, “Fireball” is featured on Telesford’s All Inclusive album (“My Girl”), along with past and present Spotrushaz members: Richard “Chromatics” Raj-Kumar, Kwame “Gazzi Gates” Williams and Wade
“TIM Starr” Christian. The album also features collaborations with Calypso
Queen, Denyse Plummer (“Together as One”) and UK-based MC, Jethro “Alonestar” Sheeran (“Politics”).
“I called the album All Inclusive,” Telesford explained, “because I made sure to include something on there for everyone. Essentially, it’s all hip-hop, but there’s also a bit of what some may identify as Reggae, Calypso and Soca on there as well. I really don’t subscribe to the genre boxes anymore: I just make music for the world.”
Determined to take Trinbagonian hip-hop music to the world, Spotrushaz has represented the culture for over ten years and paved the way for a new generation of artistes in the twin-island Republic. Telesford is a founding member of Spotrushaz, which now exists as a four member urban ensemble and is poised to release its fifth album, The Dave Miller Project soon after Carnival 2010.
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