Black Eyed Peas' Will I Am, Handsome Boy Modeling School's Prince Paul and Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldato Jr. are among the all-star producers featured on the new album from Los Angeles hip-hop collective L.A. Symphony.
Call It What You Want, due in July, includes the group's hot single, "Broken Tape Decks," which is #1 on Hits magazine's Rap Attack chart and #2 on CMJ New Music Report's hip-hop chart.
Will produced four tracks on the album: "Champion Birdwatchers," "Very Expensive," "Axion" and "Anything." Prince Paul, who is revered for his early production work with De la Soul, produced "Broken Now," and Caldato produced "L.A."
Former Pharcyde rapper Fatlip guests on a track called "What You Say?," while the Black Eyed Peas also make sporadic appearances.
L.A. Symphony formed in 1997 out of the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene that spawned the Black Eyed Peas and Jurassic 5. The collective turntablist J Boogie and rappers/producers CookBook, Flynn, bTwice, Joey the Jerk, Sharlok Poems, UNO Mas, J-Beits and Pigeon John released their independent debut, Composition No.1, two years later.
Big. Broke. L.A., a three-song EP from L.A. Symphony released earlier this year, is currently available online only at www.microrockers.com. The group is promoting "Broken Tape Decks" and the EP with five April shows in California.
L.A. Symphony tour dates, according to their label, Squint Entertainment:
- 4/4 - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Edge
- 4/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fais Do Do
- 4/19 - Anaheim, CA @ The Shack
- 4/28 - Mission Viejo, CA @ Mission Hills Church
- 4/29 - Long Beach, CA @ Nagas