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Group Name: Virgin Island Poetz (V.I.P.)
Origin: St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Base of Operation: North Miami Beach, Florida
Artists: Fareed “Ripstah” Salamah (age 23)
Chuave “Lively” O’Bryan (age 25)
Style: Hip Hop (including reggae, funk, rock, and soul influences
Recording Process: All recordings done with industry standard equipment/software such as Pro Tools HD 7.4/8 and Logic 8. Microphones used are Audio Technica 4040,and the Blue Bottle. Production gear includes Akai MPC 2000XL, Motif ES 6, and Logic 8.
Purpose: Our main aim is to bring a fresh, new, and innovative element to the world of hip-hop. By including rock, funk, reggae, and soul elements to accentuate our style, our lyrics and our, “in your face” delivery serves as the icing to an artistic treat that will certainly satisfy the ear.
The songs showcased exhibit versatility, and are a true testament to our appreciation for not only hip hop, but music on a whole. All songs showcased are original and written/produced 0by members of the group.
Influences: Local Virgin Island music, Bob Marley and Family, Michael Jackson and Family, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gay, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Prince, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Outkast, Ludacris, Rakim, LL Cool J, KRS One, The Roots, Common, De La Soul, Mos Def, Talib Kwali, The Wutang Clan, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah…..(just to name a few).
This is our music. This is our passion, and we appreciate the opportunity to share it with you. The world has given us so much good music, and we intend to pay the world back!