MP3 James Ciphurphace - An Honest Day's Work
Southwestern Desert S.L.U.M.S. Music: imagine Big Daddy Kane meets Kool Keith meets Redman meets Chino XL meets GZA.
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Do you truthfully promise to be brutally honest? If this question were directed to James Ciphurphace, the response would be an emphatic..."Yes!" Rising from the Segregated Lands Under Mountains and Sun where the scorpions and Gila monsters dwell, a subterranean revolutionary was born. Located between the East and West coast in the desert terra firma of Tucson, Arizona, James Ciphurphace represents the 13th & 3rd letter element with the devotion of a respected Hip-Hop pioneer and the hunger of an underground rhyme warlord. With the Seoul blood running through him, this Asian MC first realized that he possessed the gift of gab in the year of 1988. He labels himself as a W.R.I.T.E.R. (Working Realist Illustrating The Everyday Rituals). "If my music had to be classified, it would fall in a category called 100% pure hip-hop laced with raw energy and life," James says with heartfelt conviction.
With over a decade of experience, James Ciphurphace has been honing his skills and creating an original style which is an amalgamation of battle rhymes, punch lines & metaphors, thought-provoking concepts, and lyrical wordplay. To truly comprehend his style, imagine the old school braggadocio of Big Daddy Kane, the witty punch lines of Lord Finesse, and the infectious enthusiasm of Redman. Add a touch of Kool Keith''s ludicrous creativity and Chino XL''s fierce delivery and you have a bona fide MC named James Ciphurphace. As one of the founding members of his Arizona based hip-hop collective Seec Mellikew, James strives to build with fellow gifted emcees and eclectic beat professors who all share the same vision of preserving the art form. Teaming up initially with Easta Cali''s scratch master DJ Tofu in 2003, it didn''t take long for this duo to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Representing the same crew, fellow turntable technician DJ Grapla became Tofu''s replacement in 2005 and together they have been wreaking havoc on the hip-hop scene. Grapla''s accolades include 1st place Phoenix Guitar Center 2005 battle and 2nd place DMC Phoenix 2004 battle.
In 1999, James (at the time known as https://www.tradebit.comntik) formed a group called Reddirt Specimenz who released an EP entitled ''The Monsoon Cometh: Season of Redemption.'' Over 1,000 copies were sold independently in the underground community. They opened up for renowned artists such as the Pharcyde, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, and Fat Joe. Also voted best Hip-Hop group in southern Arizona, Reddirt Specimenz received an accolade for the ''01 Tammies (Tucson Area Music Awards). Their self-proclaimed underground classic "Green Evil" was selected for ''The Alpha Project Vol. 1'' compilation released by Chris Craft and https://www.tradebit.com which featured the likes of Styles of Beyond and MF Doom.
Two-time battle champion of "The Mic Fights" in Tucson, AZ., this MC has proven to be a Hip-Hop juggernaut crushing everyone in his path. James has represented in ciphers stretching from Killa Cali to the Dirty South up to the Jungles of the East. Throughout his tenure, this assiduous lyricist has also performed on the same bill as Cypress Hill, Too Short, DJ Quik, 3RD Bass, Killarmy, Ol'' Dirty Bastard, R.A. the Rugged Man, and the Clipse. Ciphurphace''s current releases are: ''An Honest Day''s Work'' which is his official debut LP and ''Antique Skies'' – the prelude. Production comes courtesy of I.C. YOU, Lee Hybrid, Nineteen7D9, Meshack, and Elgn Arts. ''Antique Skies'' is James''s rendition of hip-hop nostalgia where he transports the listeners back to an era when raw lyricism really meant something. ''An Honest Day''s Work'' is James''s self-proclaimed hip-hop masterpiece that manifests the true essence of artistic integrity.
"With no sort of gimmicks - I pour the lyrics - murder the whole cipher & leave it haunted with morbid spirits - don''t support the critics - who show love for artists who distort their image - pawns of the corporate business" -- World Underground: My Humble Abode (Antique Skies)
"I''m sick of the ignorance – I''m sick of the negligence – It''s time we bring it back to the roots and the elements…I''ve been Ciphurphace from the start – makin'' my mark – while other emcees keep frontin'' – I come straight from the heart" – Factory Is Open: Just Over Broke (An Honest Day''s Work)
So, who is this 13th & 3rd letter? What is the method to James Ciphurphace''s madness? What is his modus operandi...Coexisting in an industry plagued with champagne guzzlers and ice worshippers, this diligent wordsmith is a breath of fresh air, bringing genuine rhymes and originality to the spectrum of Hip-Hop music. James is the quintessential emcee who can infiltrate your soul with a combination of intense flows and spectacular vernacular. His amazing talent to manipulate the English language and transform words into verbal killing machines as well as spoken elixirs sets this Hip-Hop purveyor of scrolls apart from the countless mediocre emcees who have contaminated this industry with redundancy & worthless rhetoric.
ARTISTS CIPHURPHACE HAS OPENED UP FOR & ROCKED WITH:
Cypress Hill - Above The Law - DJ Quik - 2nd II None - Too Short - Geto Boys - 3rd Bass - Kid Frost - Mellow Man Ace - The College Boyz - Killarmy - Pharcyde - Raekwon & Ghostface - Fat Joe - Clipse - Ol Dirty Bastard - R.A. the Rugged Man - AWOL One & Daddy Kev and D Styles - Immortal Technique/Poison Pen - Writer''s Block (Visionaries Crew) - Chan - Ill Al the Anglo-Saxon - AOTA crew - One Block Radius - Eligh & PSC (Living Legends)
- THE BREAKIN'' WORD MIXTAPE
- DJ ESSENCE MIXTAPE
- CIPHURPHACE & GRAPLA proudly present...EYES WIDE SHUT: The John Diss Mixtape
- JAMES CIPHURPHACE presents...THE OVERTIME ALBUM
- EASTSIDE ELECTRIC Compilation - SOUTHWESTERN DRUM SLUM
- BIG MERIDOX - THE BLOCK BULLY LP
2006/2005 - AN HONEST DAY''S WORK - Flux Jargon Music
2004 - ANTIQUE SKIES - Flux Jargon Music
2001 - REDDIRT SPECIMENZ - The Monsoon Cometh: Season Of REDemption - Eyesoulated Legendz Ent.
2006 - DJ GRAPLA MIXTAPE - 99 PROBLEMS BUT A MIX AIN''T ONE
2006 - PEN POINTZ presents MIDGETS AMONG GIANTS - Pen Pointz Music
2005 - JUMP MOBILE presents HOMETOWN HEROES (Tucson) - Rebel Organization/Native Son Media
2003 - LOUIS MERCURY presents THE MERCURY PROJECT Vol. I - Chicken Salad Recordings
2003 - BLAZE CITY MIXTAPE - Durty Worldz Productions
2002 - THE ALPHA PROJECT - VOLUME 1 - Shaman Work Recordings
KHALLAS - Season Of The Ape