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Sa-Ra Creative Partners (Om'Mas Keith + Shafiq Husayn + Taz Arnold): Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love

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    The SA-RA Creative Partners™ is a trio of accomplished musicians, producers and trendsetters, comprised of Om'Mas Keith, Taz Arnold and Shafiq Husayn. On their musical quest they have dazzled with amazing productions, collections, mixes and remixes. But now, for the first time, with Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love, they deliver a completely new and original album. Built from scratch, it's a truly coherent and innovative body of work. Musical, adventurous, and even more evolved than anything they've done before, Nuclear Evolution also shows a controlled, polished, and in-the-pocket side to their work. It is an album on which SRCP™ shine as the innovative musical force they promised to be, ever since the cult hit "Glorious" first shattered bass bins and minds worldwide.

    Whether on the otherworldly opus "Love Czars," the bombastic soul of "I Swear," or twisted tales of drug-fueled-freaks on "Traffika," Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love blends next-level production with a unique and unconstrained blend of street wit, dirty-sex talk, tall stories, and intergalactic future sounds, and is set to become essential listening for the summer of 2009.

    It's an over-used phrase that a band has a unique sound. But The SA-RA Creative Partners use their three minds to combine and make something that is always new, something twisted, a sound not heard before. Their music is soulful, but not limited by the neo soul tag. They make hip hop, but of the bugged-out and other-worldly kind. Tracks are instantly catchy, but edgy and not commercial. According to the list of high-profile artists requesting their production services their sound has an infectious global spread and appeal. Most recently SRCP have been making their mystical magical soulful productions for Erykah Badu. Serving as her associate producers, they wrote, appeared, and produced on seven of the tracks from her critically acclaimed 2008 New Amerykah album. She returns the favor with a guest appearance on "Dirty Beauty" on Nuclear Evolution. Other collaborators that SRCP have worked with include Pharoahe Monche (on the massive "Agent Orange" track), John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Talib Kweli, J Dilla, Fonzworth Bentley, Heavy D, Common, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott, and Jurassic 5.

    Balancing the call to make music for other people with working as the SRCP unit (and working their solo projects,) has been quite a feat. "We find time because we love doing this," explains Husayn. "We are drawn closer to Nirvana, with each release and creative statement. As for our own stuff, it is all an extension of our will to create things from out of the mind," he adds.

    Helping SRCP realize their potential on Nuclear Evolution is a crew of friends and co-conspirators that includes legends like soul chanteuse Erykah Badu, and saxophonist Gary Bartz with his quartet. The album also features up-and-coming talent like Debi Nova, Rozzie Daime, Noni Lamar, Erika Rose, Brook D'leau of J*Davey, Joseph Liemberg, Fenetta Lowe & Jimetta Rose. Easy to like, but difficult to pigeon hole, the album oozes equal parts jazz, soul, pop, funk, and hip-hop. The eclectic collection of productions bounces from the sticky and bubbly soul of "Gemini's Rising", to the string laden bump of "He Say She Say," and the outer-worldly bossa nova of "Spacefruit."

    Sticking together through more than their fair share of highs and lows, the group channeled their collective energies to create what is arguably their best work to date. "There is something powerful about the Number 3. A triangle is architectures most structurally sound shape," explains Keith. "And there is a sense of brotherhood among us, the strong sense of purpose we all share in our will to cleanse the proverbial palette of music!" he adds. Having won the BBC Radio 1s' "John Peel Play More Jazz Award" at the end of 2004, the band embarked on a fruitful relationship with mega star Kanye West. They signed a major recording deal with his GOOD Music Label, then distributed by Sony. Their plan was to release their Black Fuzz album through Sony Urban and follow-up with the Ubiquity album. However, as with the best made plans (especially those involving major labels,) Black Fuzz has yet to be released. After much pressure from fans and executives at Babygrande records, SRCP opted to release a one-off project entitled The Hollywood Recordings, an album of new and previously released material. In 2006 rumors floated on the internet that the group had disbanded. An exclusive interview with Shafiq Husayn, on okayplayer.com, squashed that rumor. The band is alive and well, and they still maintain a strong relationship with West, recently appearing in a video with him, Andre 3000, and Fonzworth Bentley.

    Outside of SRCP, the members are all working on multiple projects. Arnold has a fashion company called ti$a consulting, and is working on collections and collaborations with Kanye West and his Pastelle Clothing line. He is also preparing to launch the ti$a x mcm and ti$a x phenomenon lines this summer. Husayn is working on a full-length album called Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka, (already garnering causing a buzz), plus the new Erykah Badu album and a few songs on Bilal's new album, and the new Sleepy Brown album (featuring George Clinton.) Keith is currently producing and writing for P. Diddy's upcoming album (Last Train to Paris), and will co-star in a major network reality television show. He's also been serving as MD for rapper Jim Jones, lecturing with the Red Bull Music Academy, managing fresh musical talent, and pursuing his acting/voice-over career. "As always, overseeing The SA-RA family of companies continues to be a top priority!" he says.

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    1. Spacefruit
    featuring Debi Nova
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    2. Dirty Beauty
    featuring Erykah Badu
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    3. I Swear
    featuring Noni Limar
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    4. Melodee N'Mynor
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    5. He Say She Say
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    6. Traffika
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    7. Souls Brother
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    8. Bitch Baby
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    9. Love Czars
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    10. Gemini's Rising
    featuring Rozzi Daime
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    11. The Bone Song
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    12. White Cloud
    featuring Rozzi Daime; Lil' Kenny
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    13. Move Your Ass
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    14. Love Today
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    15. Can I Get U Hi?
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    16. My Star
    featuring Erika Rose
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    17. Cosmic Ball
    featuring The Gary Bartz Quartet
    Producers: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
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    Total Comments: 7
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2011 5:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 09.234.189)
    Location: uk
    Comment: give this album 1 star 4 the last song if u liked hollywood recordings you well find the album painfull to listen too... this is like hipster choked and screwed you need to be real intoxicated on some crazy hippy shit to enjoy this major let down these dudes should stick to making clothes for weak hip pop artists to wear so the comercial rabble to purchase over priced garbage... real weak dissapointed
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/7/2009 1:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 2.43.1.234)
    Location: S.C.
    Comment: This is the perfect album to play at a party, if your trying to get some lovin' from your girl, or if your just ridin' around smokin' a little green.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/28/2009 5:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 200.160.22)
    Location: Tampa, Florida
    Comment: Incredible album from start to finish. All I can say is W-O-W.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/26/2009 2:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.131.150)
    Location: NY
    Comment: *****five stars all day
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2009 3:34:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.131.150)
    Location: CA
    Comment: Ever since I fist heard them on the PPP album I've been a fan. The production is 1st class and the lyrics only fuel the fire. They should be called Sa-Ra Creative Geniuses.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2009 12:24:00 PM; Partial IP: 2.43.1.234)
    Location: NC
    Comment: CLASSIC!!! There is no other way to put it. This album was well worth the wait. Every song on this album is hot.
    Name: (Posted: 6/19/2009 3:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.131.150)
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Comment: Oh my god this is going to be anther Sa-Ra summer for sure. These guys are F#cking unreal. Can't wait for this one, it's going to be a 5 star album for sure.
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