Press (Write Ups)
.Recent review of Kuf Knotz Show 6/3/13.
.Review of recent Kuf Knotz show. 1/11/13
TWO.ONE.FIVE. MAGAZINE Interview W/Kuf Knotz.
Swollen Fox review on Kuf Knotz opening for Inspectah Deck
Kuf Knotz Featured on WXPN – Valentines Day Song!
Philadelphia Weekly Write up on Kuf Knotz
Kuf Knotz Interview and Front Page of Blogtalkradio.
.Tri State Indie Interview Kuf Knotz.
.BoomBox Logic score a 3.8 out of 4.
I had the pleasure of catching the end of local MC Kuf Knotz’s performance as I arrived. Maybe it was the dreds and the skater-ish clothes, but I think it was more the organic sound that brought MURS to mind while listening to Kuf’s set. He performed with a full band (which always gets points in my book) and he managed to bring the still relatively thin crowd into the act before exiting the stage.
-.The City Paper Write Up.-
Thoughtful wordy MC Kuf Knotz does his pre-release party for his Mad Dragon debut CD BoomBox Logic on Oct. 16 at World Café Live. After hearing him doing his thing for Subtle Ground, Burndown Allstars and The Hustle, it’ll be nice to hear where he’s going on his own.
-.Philly Weekly Write Up.-
After a rising career that includes stints with Subtle Ground, Burndown All-Stars, the Hustle and lending his skills to almost every Philly artist from Ursula Rucker to Lizanne Knott, Kuf Knotz finally kicks it solo with BoomBox Logic (Mad Dragon Records). While the party is at Kuf’s house, he’s invited guests like Digable Planets’ Doodlebug, and locals like Chuck Treece, G-Love and Sharon Little to lend to his vision. Boombox Logic is a carousel ride of styles: big, swirly doo-wop harmonies, guitar solos, obese beats and electronic shimmies and bloops all hung on Kuf’s smooth, smart rhymes. The CD release show should be a blast, ’cause Kuf’s got all sorts of friends, and a slew of guests will be on hand to hype the party.
-.Intellengencer Write up.-
After founding the BurnDown All-Stars and performing for several years with hip-hop ensemble The Hustle, Knotz is making his solo debut with “Boombox Logic,” slated for release Oct. 26 on Drexel University’s award-winning student-run record label MAD Dragon Records.
The disc showcases a wide range of influences spanning jazz, hip-hop and even elements of pop and folk. It also revels in Knotz’s ability to create lyrically meaningful hip-hop, with themes that veer from a pure passion for the music to the unfortunate idolization of fame and fortune.
Having previously worked with several notable acts, such as Slightly Stoopid, G-Love and Ben Arnold, Knotz has already proven that he is capable of transcending multiple genres. He has had the honor of being the first hip-hop artist ever to open for Bruce Springsteen (at an Obama rally on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) as well as being featured in FUSE TV’s “Bodog Music Battle of the Bands” with the BurnDown All-Stars.
Knotz’s song “Unstoppable,” also featuring Chuck Treece, Don McCloskey, Tom Spike and G Love (a collaboration known as Geurrilladelphia), was played at games 4 and 5 of the World Series and proclaimed “The Phillies Official Song.”
.CLAP COWARDS INTERVIEW & WRITE UP.
- The Triangle Write up -
It is often hard for new artists to sound vibrant and full of positivity without sounding corny, yet Kuf Knotz pulls it off with ease on his debut album, “Boombox Logic.” After breaking from a group called The Hustle, he takes his work solo as a newly signed artist on Mad Dragon Records. This young Philadelphia artist fearlessly establishes a strong and vivacious sound in his debut, while also commanding a unique blend of soul-funk and indie pop with hip-hop. The light, enjoyable, “kick back and relax” album takes you on a ride through the sunny Philly experience while revolving around the theme of boom box music.Apart from the intro track, Knotz opens up his album with the light and easy “Art Exhibit,” explaining how his drive was started with a love and passion for music. He smoothly transitions into an indie-driven track, “Fame Us,” which continues the message of music and the importance of authenticity and how it is what defines one’s celebrity. The album really takes off with the track “Summa Funk,” as the song grooves as nicely as ice-cold lemonade on a sunny, summer day.
It is established early in the album that Knotz has no problem reaching into different genres and sounds and making them his own. He continues his alternative sound in the fun song “fresh kicks,” boasting about what many young people identify with and treasure so much in pop culture: shoes! With funky guitar riffs backing the track, “fresh kicks” makes a clear connection to the fun, cocky and stylish ways that were associated with hip-hop in the boom box era. Knotz kills two birds with one stone in “Sunny Philadelphia” when he continues his groovy boom box-styled tracks and pays homage to the city of Philadelphia. He shows comfort and strength in his ability to incorporate variety in his sound on his debut album.
While the second half of “Boombox Logic” is more serious, Knotz still utilizes a diverse sound to paint the picture. The album gets really personal for the first time on a track with “Clock Tickin’” as he expresses his pains and how he used music to deal with them. In “Currency,” Knotz talks about the value of a dollar and how greed and desperation can taint so many people. In the electro pop track “Party Queen” he talks about a wild, insecure girl whose life is spiraling out of control. Although lacking the vocal rigor and lyrical finesse that usually come equipped with topics like these, Knotz makes up for these with sincerity and straightforwardness.
If you are looking for a hardcore image, clever punch lines or complex cadences, then Knotz may not be for you. However, Knotz’s ability to use an assortment of sounds and styles to make his own creates a uniqueness that should be recognized. “Boombox Logic” lives up to its title and reaffirms the basis upon which what hip-hop music was founded: a positive and fun way to express oneself.
In the end, after all the lights and glory fade from hip-hop and become outdated, it is good to know what its message and meaning was all along, just like any other music before it. If there is one thing of which Knotz deserves to be applauded, it is his recognition of how the ground foundation of a movement is important and how all things that came from it could not have been without those foundations. “Boombox Logic” is a perfect example of appreciation of music as an expressive outlet in its purist form.