Friday, December 16, 2016
Aaron Rose | Elixir EP
“The elixir is the essence of being able to control your future with elements of both the past and present. I live through my music only to progress towards a better day.”—Aaron Rose After shedding his former pseudonym of A La $ole, Pro Era member Aaron Rose dropped a number of noteworthy singles and killed every guest feature. But with the release of his new EP, 'Elixir,' the Brooklyn rapper has never sounded more focused or motivated, and it’s only a taste of what’s to come from the young artist. His tenacity becomes clear as soon as opener “The Root of Sole” hits your ear with its mad-scientist samples and production from J57 (he produced five of the EP’s seven tracks). And then in comes Rose to bring it all together, flexing his breathless flow and dizzying wordplay. From there, the BK native continues to rip apart the instrumentals, including the jazzier “Break It Down,” featuring Domo Genesis and the more militant “Parkside Ave.” More than just a rapper with incredible chops, Rose also reveals pieces of his personality and background on those same tracks. Like on “Break It Down” when he rhymes, ”’A black man who knows what his worth is, I’m off the circuits/ From this American horror story, we in the circus” Elsewhere, he eviscerates his critics on standouts “The Art of Sole” and “Swank Corleone,” the latter of which is produced by Latrell James. Rose also gets an opportunity to stunt alongside fellow Pro Era member Dirty Sanchez on “The Shift,” a slapper produced by The Audible Doctor. Amidst the variety in sounds, the project remains distinctly the work of its host emcee. And he drives that point home when speaking on 'Elixir,' saying succinctly: “I am Aaron Rose and this is my elixir.” 'Elixir' is now available via Coalmine Records through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms, and can be purchased on CD through Fat Beats and UGHH. Limited edition purple/pink vinyl copies will be ready shortly after the new year! CD/Vinyl Tracklist: 01. The Root of Sole 02. The Art of Sole 03. Parkside Ave 04. Break It Down (feat. Domo Genesis) 05. Jimmy’s Open Bar (Interlude) 06. The Shift (feat. Dirty Sanchez) 07. Swank Corleone 08. The Art of Sole (J57 Stay Paid Remix) 09. The Art of Sole (Instrumental) *All tracks produced by J57, except for “The Shift” which is produced by The Audible Doctor, and “Swank Corleone” which is produced by Latrell James. Download/Stream Links: • iTunes: bit.ly/iTunesElixir • Amazon: bit.ly/AmazonElixir • Google Play: bit.ly/GooglePlayElixir • Spotify: bit.ly/SpotifyElixir • Tidal: bit.ly/TidalElixir CD Buy-Links: • Fat Beats: bit.ly/FatBeatsElixir • Amazon: bit.ly/AmazonElixirCD • UGHH: bit.ly/UGHHElixir Aaron Rose Online: • Instagram: www.instagram.com/theaaronrose • Facebook: www.facebook.com/theaaronrose • SoundCloud: @theaaronrose
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.