The rapper, songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Mr. Stress One has released his latest rap LP, “Sawed Off Kartel.” The full-length album contains no fewer than 21 tracks for an approximate total listening time of an hour and 20 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Sawed Off Kartel independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Original, gangsta, and packed with the boom-bap the fans have come to expect from the crew, “Sawed Off Kartel” stands as evidence that Mr. Stress One is a force of hip hop to be reckoned with.
Mr. Stress 1 Sawed Off cites as influences Chicano rap music, albums from the Sawed Off Records and Low Profile Records labels, Mr. Shadow, Mr. Sancho, Little Rob, West Coast, funk, and oldies music. Music from Mr. Stress 1, himself, stands on heavy base lines with unique hooks on top of solid rhythms.
“Originally Sawed Off Records started over 20 years ago here in San Diego,” he writes. “It had some of the most talented artists in the Chicano rap game back then. Today they are all music legends and true stars in the game!”
Since that time, Stress 1 has steadily kept the Number-One ranking at ReverbNation in the Latin genre for the entire San Diego area. Considering SD is California's second-biggest city at nearly twice the size of San Francisco, that's a gigantic accomplishment.
Speaking of the themes of his music, Mr. Stress 1 says: “Usually people rap about the physical things they have, not about the character they have. They don't talk about how they've conquered and persevered, and made non-believers believe in the craft. Game recognizes game and game recognizes lame – so you cant get away with that certain places...”
Stress 1 has expressed pride in the melodies and instrumentals produced by himself and the other Sawed Off Records producers, describing them as bearing “rap, funk, or oldies sounds with west-coast feels.”
Regarding signing with major labels like UMG and his decision to continue producing as an independent artist, Stress 1 had this to say:
“I have always been an independent artist. Also recruited into representing sawed off records as a free agent in 2015. Due to his presence online recognition and of performing local shows. It related to the same genre as Sawed off Records from the '90s, that's when I was ready to finally know that I was ready to release good quality of music. To stay loyal to the name Sawed Off. I've built like family relationships like comrades, when I met tons of other talented artists around the world for doing it. Some came and left. I decided to stay independent again and be my own boss. So I kept "Sawed off Kartel" just so I don't have to sign with the record companies' labels. I also didn't feel signing with Universal Music Group was necessary since I have my own domains and online sites that may bring along some traffic to those who love the same genre!”
“Sawed Off Kartel” by Mr. Stress 1 is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now.
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