No Signs of Sleep, Winding Down 2014

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As 2014 winds down, Nickel and the Dime OPS All Stars remain hard at work. Rumors of beginnings of a new Nickel and Dime OPS album, a new music animated video of “The Cure” to end 2014, plus several lyrical side projects for Nickel in the works with some of his MHB affiliates. As Nickel continues his steady pace of writing, recording and performing, so do all the musicians from the Dime OPS squad with their own personal projects. However, all remain poised and focused on the Nickel and Dime OPS project, centered around their Thursday night residency at SMOKE. The weekly NYC live hip hop staple will continue through the end of 2014, and into next year.

From left to right: Jason Marshall, Darius Christian Jones, Andrew Lim, Nickel Killsmics, Wayne Tucker, Victoria Cave, Nathan Peck, Joe Strasser, Willerm Delisfort.

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Nickel and Dime OPS Approaches 4 Years @ SMOKE

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On Thursday September 4th NYC’s premiere jazz fused hip hop band, Nickel and Dime OPS will be celebrating 4 years of weekly residency at one of the world’s greatest jazz clubs, SMOKE. For the duration, the band has featured Nickel on the mic, with vocalist Madame Secretary, Victoria Cave at his side, and various combinations of over 100 of the city’s finest jazz musicians. Following such great acts as Gregory Porter, The Baylor Project, Gregory Generet, Nickel and Co. have never fallen short of tearing down the house late night at their UWS perch, and have no plans of slowing down. Come join the celebration on the 4th as the band plans to have many invited special guests to help launch their run for 5 years as NYC’s longest lasting live band weekly hip hop residency! Show starts at 11:45pm, there is no cover.

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New Gigs, New Videos, Other News. Summer 2104.

Nickel and Dime OPS at Joe's Pub, April 18th 2014.

Nickel and Dime OPS at Joe’s Pub, April 18th 2014.


After finishing off 2013 with a bang, Nickel and Dime OPS picked up 2014 right where they left off. Powering their way through some of NYC’s greatest venues, Zinc Bar, DROM, and the fabled Joe’s Pub this past April. Now with Summer on the horizon, the band sets their collective eyes on the challenges of the upcoming months. In June the band will be making their 3rd appearance in SMOKE’s month long Miles Davis Festival as well as making their Harlem debut at Ginny’s on June’ 7th. In July they will be venturing off to their first out of state festival at the New London Sailfest. More gigs to be announced for later this Summer, stay tuned for the release of “The Cure” music video, plus Nickel and Dime OPS returning to the studio??

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Nickel and Dime OPS Announces Show at DROM on 2/28

drom-nyc-brazilian-carnaval-bash-concert_s345x2302014 has already been busy for Nickel and Dime OPS getting back into the swing of things with their weekly residency at SMOKE, the release of their newest music video, and their debut appearance at Zinc Bar. Now NYC’s answer to live jazz fused hip hop brings their talents to DROM in the East Village, Friday, February 28th. Nickel, Madame Secretary, and the crew will be doing one set at 9pm at this great venue that has hosted such acts as Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, Rakim, Gregory Porter, Tain Watts, and many more. Come join the party on this special evening. The band looks forward to sharing it with you! Cover is $15, $10 if you dine. Drom is located on Avenue A between 5th and 6th.

For more info on the show or to buy tickets go to – http://www.dromnyc.com/events/3064/nickel-and-dime-ops#.UvNV9yjQoWg

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Existential Music Video Now Online!

This is the first video from NYC hip hop band, Nickel and Dime OPS’ new album,”The Soulygamist.” “Existential” is one of the band’s staple live performance songs featuring trumpeter Freddie Hendrix playing the pied piper on the track. Nickel’s catchy take on the philosophical topic of human existence is always a crowd favorite. The video was shot in Harlem, Chinatown, and Central park by director Ali Charlemagne. This is Nickel and Charlemagne’s second video project together.

This single, along with the entire album is available on iTunes.


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Big Night at The Cutting Room for Nickel and Dime OPS

Nickel dropping flows at The Cutting Room.
Nickel and Dime OPS packed the house and brought the audience at the illustrious Cutting Room in NYC to a standing ovation before prompting them to do an encore. The band happily obliged to the crowds demand for “Impossible Feats,” a song that the band does with Nickel dropping rhymes over Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” Ironically the performance took place on the musical icon, Mr. Hendrix’s birthday. Performing to a room full of packed dancing fans was the perfect way to welcome into the world their newest LP release, “The Soulygamist.” Check out some of the great pics and blog reviews covering the evenings events!

Anna Yatskevich reviews the show, the album, takes some great photos, and interviews Nickel afterwards on FlowersInAGun.com.

Shamika Sanders reviews the show and album on ThisIs50.com.

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Nickel and Dime OPS New Album “The Soulygamist” Now Available!

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The first official release under the band name, Nickel and Dime OPS, The Soulygamist is a documentation of Nickel and his NYC jazz fused hip hop band at their best. 100% live, with no samples, the album is a soulful musical union anchored strong in the hip hop pocket by Nickel’s lyrics, that takes eclectic twists and turns throughout as the great musicians of the Dime OPS each take their moments to demonstrate their own musical talents. The entire sound is gelled together by the sultry harmonies added by Madame Secretary, Victoria Cave, along with Alej Sierra and Eliki. The LP recording is 61 minutes, has 13 tracks, 7 of the bands best live tunes, plus 6 new songs never before recorded. The Soulygamist is a soulful, musical, hip hop carnival that you need in your collection!

The Disease, the Cure, and the Promise - Nickel Killsmics




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Nickel and Dime OPS Set to Release “The Soulygamist” 11/19

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Nickel and the band are very excited to release their latest album, The Soulygamist this November, and for good reason. The album features some of Nickel and Dime OPS’ best songs that they perform live as well as some brand new music never before heard. Earlier this year Nickel teamed up with Ian Hendrickson-Smith at Forrest Sound Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to co-produce the project. Ian has worked with many great musicians, most notably, Amy Winehouse, The Dap Kings, and The Roots. All the lyrics for The Soulygamist were written by Nickel. The band’s trombonist and MD, David Gibson, was responsible for much of the writing and arranging of the music. Nickel was the only rapper featured on the album, but all 3 of the band’s vocalists, Victoria Cave, Alej Sierra, and Eliki all have feature spots as well as making vocal appearances together for the first time on wax. The album can sit very much in the Hip Hop pocket at times, and at times can get very eclectic, featuring many great solos from all of the Dime OPS great musicians including trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and saxophonist Jason Marshall. “The album is a soulful, hip hop carnival,” says Nickel. The Soulygamist will be available for purchase 11/19 followed by an album release party at The Cutting Room in Manhattan on 11/22. The party will start at 10:30pm in the bar. Nickel and Dime OPS will perform at midnight. Tickets are $15 in advance online and $20 at the door.

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Nickel and Dime OPS Return to The Bitter End on 10/12

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This passed April, Nickel and Dime OPS made their debut at The Bitter End and brought the house down in front of a full capacity audience. They have been asked to come back one more time this year to bring their brand of jazz fused hip hop to one of the most fabled music venues in New York City history. The band will retake the stage Saturday, October 12th at 11pm. Tickets are $12.

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Live Footage of Nickel and Dime OPS @ Blue Note

Check out some live footage from Nickel and Dime OPS’ Blue Note debut. The jazz/hip hop fusion band appeared at the clubs late night Saturday session on July 6th 2013. These particular clips are the band performing “You Were Always There,” and “What You See.” Nickel rockin the mic, featuring Victoria Cave on vocals, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Jason Marshall on tenor sax, and Rashaan Carter on the bass.


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