Existential Music Video Now Online!

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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

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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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Soulygamist Flyer
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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