Coolzey / Press

“Iowa rock-rapper Coolzey is releasing two albums, Search for the Hip Hop Hearts, a collaboration with 12 different notable hip-hop producers including Crown City Rockers, Copywrite, J.Rawls, and Giant Panda and a second indie rock project Live from the Cave @ Dougman. MC Raashan (of Crown City Rockers) caught up with his old friend and asked some pointed and entertaining questions about his latest albums.”


“Live From the Cave @ Dougman is an unvarnished, hyper-eclectic collection of simple tunes. When Coolzey sat down in “the cave,” he set out to prove how much he could do with just a few riffs and scant flourishes. There’s a different sound and style for each one of these lo-fi tunes. The album’s fourth cut, “On the Ground” stands as one of the most successful tracks on Dougman. In fact, for all the simple compositions on this collection, “On the Ground” may be the most basic. A beautiful little number about a dreamer and all the power it takes him to remain grounded is built on an eighth note acoustic strum. Lint’s vocals sound completely unencumbered by any stylistic baggage. The sole flourish comes with the song’s final verse when a light, angelic, synth line floats in and and seems to carry this dreamer away, leaving behind the expectations of those around him. If you want to see every muscle Coolzey can flex, there’s really no better place to start than Live Fr”

““The Honey at a glance seems like another good’ole fashioned ten song hip-hop album. Upon further inspection, it becomes quite clear that there is a little bit more going on. Coolzey shows that he is funny, quirky and knows his history. The Honey does offer some pleasant surprises to the listener. Coolzey finds himself singing on a few of the tracks and it actually works fantastically. As far as guest spots, Copywrite, Raashan Ahmad (from Crown City Rockers), William Elliot Whitmore, Schaffer the Darklord and even the legendary Sadat X contribute.””


““The Honey is a delightfully odd EP from Iowan emcee Zachary Lint, otherwise known as Coolzey. It packs more ideas into 10 tunes (nine songs and an interlude) than most artists would attempt over two albums. But it’s Coolzey’s humor and kaleidoscopic vision that’s the main attraction.””


"The Honey has the boyish rap charm that could have come from an 18 year-old recording tracks with friends in a college dorm room. His lyrics are subtly smart, though unassuming. And like many good rap albums, it shows off Coolzey’s deep appreciation for jazz, hip-hop, and the occasional film of the past. His neo-old school beats and jazz samples shine through.”

Inflatable Ferret

““The samples this guy pulls out are incredible, and they make you feel like the first time you heard Big Daddy Kane or KRS-One. The redundant nature of radio hip hop these days makes the genre less than exciting, but Coolzey’s throwbacks to the days before auto-tune was the standard are a welcome break..””


““Mash Biz Markee, Weird Al, and Slug’s personalities together; you might end up with something along Coolzey’s lines. Listen to “Little By Little” and try not to want to befriend him. Listen to “Retina Scan” and remember why you fell in love with hip hop in the first place.””

Alright, I'm Wrong

““Overall, “The Honey” is an inescapably charming and well-produced album. (Coolzey) is, first and foremost, an extremely gifted producer. Cool’s beats are consistently both head-nodding and inventive. Perhaps more impressive than this producer-MC’s beats, though, is his ability to dabble in various genres. Most of the album is straight hip-hop. But on “Look,” he mixes rap and alternative rock, channeling Beck in his “Devil’s Haircut” days. I’m not sure if Coolzey has a naturally good singing voice, but his vocal production on “Look” is so on-point and he is so at home in his talk-singing over “Look”‘s driving and experimental noise-heavy musical backing that his natural abilities don’t much matter. On “Old Machine,” the best song on the record, and one of the best songs of the year so far, he takes his cues from Midwestern folk, singing like Mason Jennings better than Mason Jennings does over lo-fi, wandering electric guitar and clunky, monotonous”

Rap Reviews

““Throughout the record, Coolzey’s raps are mostly delivered in a simple old-school style that embraces funny wordplay and battle raps when not reminiscing on days gone by, although he also goes in for a couple of sing-song jams with funky first single “Look” and folksy album closer “Old Machine.” But it’s the minimal, chopped-up beats Coolzey creates with his MPC 1000 and the occasional grouping of musicians that make this release most worthwhile. The bass lines are thick, the drums banging and the sample choices bold, with tracks like the polka-sampling “Ride” and feedback-heavy instrumental “By the Time” readymade for an MF DOOM appearance. The Honey is a fun, experimental throwback to hip-hop’s past.””


““Vocally, he comes off sounding a bit like early Justin Warfield. Coolzey not only produced his own beats but did the turntable work on here, a self-contained artist who is very confident about how he wants to present himself and his music to the world. It would be interesting to see what he would be able to do with other producers, but a full-length album with nothing but Coolzey-beats would certainly make it one of the must-have releases of any year.””


““Die EP „Soixante-Neuf“ (auf Deutsch ist es die Zahl 69) versprüht puristischen Hip Hop mit starkem Jazz Einschlag bei den Beats. Es ist State of the Art Hip Hop, den man von ATCQ lieben gelernt hat. Klassisch jazzige Produktionen freuen sich auf ein Treffen mit entsprechenden Lyrics aus dem Hause Coolzey und erfreuen jedes Herz, das für Eastcoast Hip Hop schlägt.””

Hip Hop Jam . NET

““This six song EP (He Did EP) functions as a window into hip hop’s past, all the way back to the late 80’s and early 90’s when you could hear The Beastie Boys and Biz Markie on the then fledgling MTV cable channel and your school dance was just starting to spin those “hip hop” and “rap” songs to dance along to.””

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