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.
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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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.
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.