Kooley High is comprised of six former N.C. State University students, who met on the campus bricks by way of hip hop. What started out as a student-run hip hop organization, known as H2O, soon turned into a fresh factory of beats, rhymes, and life.
The North Carolina group is made up of three emcees, Charlie Smarts, Tab-One, and Rapsody, two producers, Foolery and The Sinopsis, and a deejay, DJ Ill Digitz.
“Kooley High combines traditional hip-hop and R&B with a modern freestyle that traverses effortlessly between not only genres, but also generations. The result is a three-dimensional concoction that envelops listeners in a sound that is as smooth as The Fugees and Common, as passionate as Mary J. Blige and as intelligent as Hieroglyphics.” -URB Magazine
This eclectic group of emcees, producers, and deejay have exploded out of the Raleigh underground scene with their latest release, “The Summer Sessions EP”. In which, they recruited Grammy Award-winning producer, 9th Wonder, for collaborations on tracks like “There You Go” and “Water”.
No, music is in no way new to these “new-comers”. Charlie Smarts and Tab-One make up half of another NC hip hop marvel, known as Inflowential. And, the lady of the group, Rapsody, is signed to 9th Wonder’s label, “Its a Wonderful World”.
Hip Hop has certainly received some new warriors in the battle with mainstream rap. Kooley High will follow their latest musical efforts, with their full length album entitled, “The High Life”. So, please stay tuned because the Kooley effect has only just begun.