Wednesday Feb 21
Krooked Treez to Release New Collab. Single

Los Angeles, CA based Reggae-Rock-Hip Hop group Krooked Treez have a new song in the works titled “Militant Soldiers.” You can’t hear it because it’s not yet released, but it features guest appearances by vocalist Karim Israel of Arise Roots and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill.

Krooked Treez is one of those groups I have been an instant personal fan of and rooting for since they dropped their debut album, Higher Place, back in July 2013. The momentum of that release, in addition to their live shows, lead them to being voted Break-Out Artist of the Year for the 2013 Pier Awards.

Since then, they’ve had a tumultuous tenure as a band — After about a year of Higher Place being released, vocalist Bzbwai and guitarist Adam Willis would leave the group to pursue a new band. During that time, original Krooked Treez vocalist O. Brown and original bassist Bobby Zen would continue on with Krooked Treez, even releasing music with Moi J. Quinn of Tomorrows Bad Seeds on guest vocals, in addition to Krooked Treeztrying out a new singer/guitarist, Nick Papageorge, whom Krooked Treez initially planned to release a full length record with. Those plans didn’t pan out as Nick would leave the Treez, opening the door for the original line-up to re-group and that’s what they did as of this summer.

With the original line-up back together, they’re starting to sound like themselves again. They have been working with producer Brian Vasquez out of BNV Studios in Burbank, CA which is where we come full circle with Krooked Treez releasing a new single with fellow LA Natives, Karim Israel of Arise Roots and Sen Dog of Cypress Hill.

“Karim and I talked about doing a track together before he went on his last tour,” O. Brown tells The Pier. “Bzbwai was already working at BNV Studios with Brian Vasquez. Brian played a few tracks and he played one with Karim on the hook and I was like ‘Damnnnn I got a verse for that!’ I jumped on the mic immediately and dropped my verse. Bzbwai wrote his part after I came out of the booth and then he went in and recorded.”

O. Brown happens to be longtime friends with Sen Dog and after he emailed him a copy of the track, Sen Dog came into the studio and recorded his part after writing his verse. This rounded out the collaboration on what is said to be a classic West Coast LA Reggae Hip-Hop track.

Vocalist, Bzbwai tells The Pier: “We all rep Los Angeles and we’re all soldiers of the same struggle. Its about racial injustice. To motivate and inspire our people. Stand up for what you believe in and stand up for whats right. Keep the peace one love.”

Krooked Treez looks to drop the single, “Militant Soldiers,” by November 2016 accompanied by a music video to which the group is enlisting legendary photographer & director, Estaven Oriol, to shoot. They’re working with two producers on the new record; the aforementioned Brian Vasquez and Josh Stoney Eye out of BNV Studios in Burbank, CA. Stay tuned for more details.

Krooked Treez Tour Dates

Related Links:
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Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Krooked Treez – “So In Love with California”

Watch: Krooked Treez – “Close Your Eyes” (ft. Moi of Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds)

One Response to Krooked Treez to Release New Collab. Single

  1. Dub Diezel says:

    If Mike Patti recommends then I check out just as I did with Krooked Treez back in the Higher Places Days, so it’s good to see they are releasing some new good stuff. This In Love with Cali Video reminds me of the other video post on here for the band ‘Darenots’. We get a hot Canadian chick from that posted video and we get hot Cali chicks with the Krooked Treez – “So In Love with California” video. Another great video with hot chicks haha. How immature do I sound haha but seriously like you’re all not thinking the same thing I am, which is daaaamn! Another group that I will be curious to see where things could go. Original music… we need more of from a lot of reggae/rock outfits who are sounding the same, but these guys and with their hip-hop flavor is working well for them with the music. Another band I’ll mention Fear Nuttn Band, I dig, I like them because outside of more mainstream popular acts such as Skindred, and Bad Brains who aren’t releasing new music, FNB is really the only other band in the scene bringing the hardcore to the reggae sound, but they’ve steered away from that sound recently bringing a more friendly reggae/rock sound, and not that it’s bad as their evolving and trying new things, but point of that rant is, to any bands out there, explore, be creative, but never steer too far away from what made you have fans of your music in the first place, and never sell out which is why we probably like you. Keep doing what you want to do and eventually good things will come. Krooked Treez aren’t doing anything we haven’t already heard or seen before really at least with a song like their song for the video I mentioned. The whole skank’n to southern Cali beach and sun, chicks, happy smoke, palm tree’s, surfing, flat billed flex fit hats, socks pulled up to your knees wearing your Converse or Adidas Shell toes. (Wait am I talking about how I dress in South FLA haha) but yea we get it already, it’s a life style that’s embraced, but where Krooked Treez are different IMO is the lyrical street rhymes and content, just the way all their vocalists spit and sing is unique in it’s own way, making me be able to distinguish them from other groups. If they were on the stereo I could say oh yea I know who this is playing, these guys are Krooked Treez, as with a lot of other’s I can’t tell you who it is anymore because they all sound the same. I like these groups such as Krooked Treez and Darenots (which that band reminds me of Krooked Treez in similar ways as well). Both groups can do well I believe. Keep it up Krooked Treez, diggn the new stuff I’ve heard. \m/

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