And the Summer is about to get a little bit hotter (or cooler depending on your perspective) with the release of Tone Dogg Raw‘s 4th solo release, Hills and Windows on 7/31/17. The album is 13 songs of a very personal and intimate nature, however, the album still looks to be one of the most relatable releases to drop this year. The album is an autobiography of sorts dealing with theme such as finding inspiration from pain, dealing with depression, the excitement of a new love, picking up the pieces of oneself amongst hopelessness and rediscovering yourself through it all. Hills draws heavily from the wavy production of frequent Tone Dogg contributors EQ and Odd Job as well as a beat by Moodz Odyssey to create both the dark and light of the lyrics Tone weaves. The album pulsates with angst and melancholy, however, the moments of brevity and positivity give the perspective to the album; lights and shadows.
Not much as been leaked from the project yet, but the album’s lead single and music video, “Cry” will surface simultaneously with the album’s release next week. Pre-Order’s via iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon Music. The project will also be released on physical limited pressing collectible media including 12″ vinyl, compact disc and casette tape.
Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Duo Glass Bottom Boat
Posted by: Armando Urena Jr June 3, 2017
Hip Hop duo Glass Bottom Boat! Much love on that group name!!! Definitely one of a kind for the underground scene!!! Tell us a bit about the group, how/when/where was if formed? Who is the better Rapper amongst the two? Where are you guys from?
Haha, yeah the name was kind of an accident. It was a name I used for the SP-808ex sampler I created our first two albums on. So I always labeled the projects as”The Glass Bottom Boat Presents:” and since we didn’t really have a group name, when we started performing it was kind of the thing people identified with so it stuck and we were cool with it as it has kind of come to symbolize what we do together for sure; the Glass Bottom Boat aka the Window to the World, aka the Pens-Men Ship.
As for the group, we formed it while we attended high school together in Irvine, CA (Orange County). Tone and I (along with Rico, who was an on and off third member) would work with beats I pieced together on the 808 and before on my computer. Tone moved away after our freshman year to North Carolina and really polished his rhyme style while at the same time I would get more and more into producing the beats and when he moved back to SD when we were both seniors, we had already dreamed up several tracks that became the first album that utilized the 808 after my computer crashed where I was originally using Fruity Loops.
I’m originally from the Irvine growing up amongst the cow pastures and track homes. In contrast, Tone grew up all over the US since his Dad was in the Marines. So we bring different flavors to the mix for sure.
Tone Dogg Raw
I’m originally from Roswell NM, and like Cal said my dad was a Marine, so I grew up moving around from base to base. The most significant time of my adolescence was spent on El Toro Marine Base, (during that time I met Cal, being bussed to school in Irvine), and Jacksonville NC, where the name “Tone Dogg Raw” was coined.
Haha, who is the better rapper? I’d say we each have our own style and talents when it comes to song writing. I think we push each other to be better composers and think of lyrics, cadence and syllable counts. I’d say we make each other better MCs.
Haha, Tone’s being modest! He’s the more natural writer out of the two of us. He writes albums as fast as I write songs! Haha. I’m only semi-joking, but no, honestly, I tended to gravitate toward the production and composition side the more we worked together when I was primarily making all the beats we were spitting on whereas Tone usually brings the flow and verses to life. Captain Hooks and shit.
It’s extremely difficult to rap with someone else, let alone form a duo or a group.. That being said, what’s the spark,or motivation to make Hip Hop as a duo? Any pro’s or con’s in being a duo?
Tone and I began to write rhymes together even back when we first started. Like he’d take 4 bars and then I’d take 4 and back and forth it’d go on the same page in the notebooks. So we’ve just kind of continued that when we’ve worked on tracks as a group. Building together we always found that while there might be compromises on individual ideas at times, the collaborative effort usually resulted in something with much more depth and perspective given our individual tastes and perspectives coloring our rhymes differently.
Maybe the only con I can think of is that scheduling and strategy can be a little more of a challenge with more people to consider, especially since we got families, day jobs, schooling, etc. that we must work around.
Tone Dogg Raw
I agree. I think there is compromise, but that lends itself to making something truly unique. Especially when both of us want to feed-off of the energy of the other or inspire one another with an idea or melody. And we been doing this for more than a decade, when we start making something, it just flows and is natural.
Yeah, I guess we do talk about it how there’s not many groups any more that we are hearing and really seeing making moves. I mean I was watching Dilated, Living Legends, Project Blowed, Stonesthrow and all that kind of during my formative years and I don’t see that as much nowadays. We definitely take it as a source of pride that we are determined to build something bigger collectively than we could individually.
To Kick of the Doggma Uno Beat Tape Series, EQ drops the spacey yet banging Star Lord-Rider Beat Tape
A hauntingly mix of slapping rhythms and melodic chords paint a very simple yet deep soundscape that ventures into unfamiliar territory for beat tapes as it is more of an album than traditional beat tapes. This was no accident though as EQ crafted a fun yet melancholy theme that wraps both sides of the cassette tape in an eerily beautiful vibe. The analog format of the tape further enhances the listening experience as the noticeable punch of EQ’s production is accentuated perfectly by the tape’s warmth. These limited edition tapes are available exclusively through Doggmauno.com and aren’t expected to last long as only 100 copies were produced. Don’t miss your opportunity to vibe out like the great Star Lord whether its on headphones or through your Kenwood dual deck.
“Premium Blend” is the lead single off the Glass Bottom Boat’s new LP, Definitive: A Year in the Nebula – Spring. This Duke Westlake produced head nod is the first song written and recorded by the duo in 12 years.
Playful lyrics and flow are partnered with an equally playful video crafted both crafted in the same fashion; documenting a real day in the life of Cal-S-thetics and Tone Dogg Raw. Interestingly, the video was filmed entirely on an iPhone 7 plus!
Lyrics and Performance by Cal-S-thetics & Tone Dogg Raw
Beat by Duke Westlake
Audio Mixing by EQ – Out the Ashtray of LA & Duke Westlake
Mastering by EQ – Out the Ashtray of LA
Directed and Produced by Cal-S-thetics for Glass Bottom Boat Productions
Video by Lee Sakioka, Devan Sakioka, Calvin Sakioka, Anthony Garcia
Edited by Cal-S-thetics for Glass Bottom Boat Productions
Doggma Uno is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the first in a series of albums from the Glass Bottom Boat. Definitive: A Year in the Nebula starts with Spring, a snapshot of a years worth of music Tone Dogg Raw and Cal-S-thetics began to work on this time last year while conceptualizing the launch of Doggma Uno and its first official release, OPTIMO.
Below is the song that got the process started, “Premium Blend,” which was the first song written together by Tone and Cal in 12 years! The recording happened on May 26th, 2016. Now, a full year later they will release the first “season” of songs for everyone to bump. Take a ride on the Glass Bottom Boat as you are invited to embark on a journey through A Year in the Nebula starting here, now, in the present… SPRING.