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Devil's Playground

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Tyrannosaurus Records artist, Notar, a rapper, musician and producer whose talent defies description, has announced the release date of his eagerly awaited debut full-length CD, Devil s Playground, as September 13, 2011. Devil's Playground follows Notar s self-titled 2010 EP, which garnered much attention from press and fans alike. Counting Crows Adam Duritz who discovered and signed Notar to his label, Tyrannosaurus Records, found Notar 'words so clear, so lucid, and so brilliant' that he knew he had no choice but to work with the gritty genre defying performer.

Last year s self-titled EP received rave reviews from the press. Revolt Media Magazine claimed, 'Variety can be a strong suit of any artist, and Notar shows precise mastery of this on his EP,' while The Cutting Edge Culture stated, 'Notar pushes boundaries with a refreshing, honest sound.' Says Duritz, 'My favorite thing about the EP is that we left some of his best tracks off. Notar has enough good songs in him that we left some of my favorites off the EP and it was still great. Think of it as a virtual Side 1. With Devil s Playground, you ll hear Side 2.'

On Devil s Playground, Notar pushes the boundaries of hip-hop music, unafraid to blend rock, funk, and pop, with his roots in jazz and formal training as a trumpet player. Notar adds, 'When your father, who has sat in with legends like Maynard Ferguson and Chicago, is listening to Earth Wind & Fire in one room and your older sister to Slick Rick in another room, I realized that music comes in all different form and sounds, so I was inspired to combine as many as I could into my interpretation of music.' His music inhabits a spot where the gutter meets the church choir, where harsh, raw beats settle nicely behind gritty hook-driven rock melodies. And above all, his instinct for emotionally honest lyricism and diverse flows radiates throughout the album. 'I like cutting up a beat eight different ways so it doesn t become boring,' says Notar.

During the summer of 2010, Notar joined Counting Crows and Augustana, among other artists, on the 'The Traveling Circus and Medicine Show,' performing for hundreds of thousands of fans during the 25-city tour. Rather than a traditional show format, the Traveling Circus took a communal approach with all of the musicians onstage together at the very beginning of the show, performing covers such as Van Morrison's 'Caravan,' Bob Dylan's 'Just Like A Woman,' or The Rolling Stones' 'Sweet Virginia.' With a revolving potpourri of musicians taking turns playing original songs and joined by the other featured artists, Duritz served as the ringmaster of the evening. Notar dominated the stage with his unmatched energy, and as Duritz told an interviewer, 'I can't keep guys off the stage when he's playing. Everybody wants to play with him.'

Devil's Playground was produced by Notar, Grammy winner, Ken Lewis (Kayne West, Beastie Boys, Usher), hip-hop producer MGeezy (Wyclef Jean, T-Pain), and Kevin Augsburg, an up and comer out of Brooklyn, New York. The album consists of 13 songs, written and performed by Notar and features such talent as Young Cash, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Adam Duritz. Tour plans will be announced at a later date.

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'When you start a label you're responsible for the hopes and dreams of the artists you sign...we are here to help our artists create great music and navigate the treacherous waters of the music business...' --Adam Duritz, founder-Tyrannosaurus Records, Counting Crows

'Not pure hip-hop, nor rap-rock, but a musical cornucopia of the aforementioned along with elements of funk and radio-friendly pop hooks, the self-titled debut EP from New York rapper Notar is the first indication that what we're hearing isn't just another EP, but the groundwork for what just may become one of the biggest cross-over success stories of 2011.' --Kik Axe Music

'Being a rapper in the game today is challenging for any newcomer… The only thing that separates predator from prey is skills, and New York based lyrical alchemist, Notar, has a surplus big enough to fill an aircraft hangar.' --Unrated NYC

'Not pure hip-hop, nor rap-rock, but a musical cornucopia of the aforementioned along with elements of funk and radio-friendly pop hooks, the self-titled debut EP from New York rapper Notar is the first indication that what we're hearing isn't just another EP, but the groundwork for what just may become one of the biggest cross-over success stories of 2011.' --Kik Axe Music

'Being a rapper in the game today is challenging for any newcomer… The only thing that separates predator from prey is skills, and New York based lyrical alchemist, Notar, has a surplus big enough to fill an aircraft hangar.' --Unrated NYC
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B005E7AODC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Andrea N. Watts on April 27, 2013
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The music on this cd is really very good. The upbeat tracks are energizing and help me get through some tough workouts at the gym, and it makes me cry with some of the heartfelt lyrical content. Great cd to vibe to!!
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One of the few rap records out there with depth, grasping emotion, and a witty charm. Notar is not your typical rapper he surely defies industry standards, a lyrical genius, with an undeniable talent to create vivid imagery of life as he knows it in the devil's playground (the big apple)- yet remains hopeful, victorious and undefeated. The album holds back no secrets, notar gives you story after story of what his life has encompassed, his struggles, passions, mistakes, and everything in between. His flow remains flawless yet grimy throughout the entire album. A new era of hip hop, rock and roll, an jazz combined to create a masterpiece. Must listens are "Devil's Playground", "Matador", "Season's Change", and "You went Away". And if your into hardcore partying, notar knows a lil something about that too, make sure to pop in "Alcoholic" to keep the party going and your blood pumping all night. GET THE ALBUM!
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