L.A.â€™s CookBook and Uno Mas finally unveil their stunning new video for “When You Rock and Roll” off their sixth LP C&U Music Factory. On the track CookBook, Uno Mas and Evidence call out cats who sell their soul for the game. â€œThey used to want advice/now they tryin to son me/It’s funny how the tides change/When you rock n roll.â€
In case you aren’t aware of CookBook and Uno Mas’s lastest LP, C& U Music Factory, its garnered much critical acclaim in publications such as The Source, Rapreviews.com, HHC, and Vapors.com! Production on C&U Music Factory handled largely in-house by CookBook with some help from JJ Brown, Muneshine, & Million Watts (CookBook & DJ Rif).
Undoubtedly their most complete work to date, the 16 track collection features guest appearances by Evidence (of Dilated Peoples), Scarub (of Living Legends), DJ Rhetmattic (Beat Junkies), L.A. Symph alumns Pigeon John and Sareem Poems (aka Sharlok Poems), and vocalist Raquel Rodriguez.
â€œC & U is first record that I think truly represents our sound,â€ explains CookBook. â€œWeâ€™re not claiming to re-event hip-hop,â€ notes CookBook. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to do what we do best.â€
Thoughtful, clichÃ©-free lyrics over mesmerizing beats and beautiful vocals, â€œSong of Our Livesâ€ reflects two artists who have come full circle. CookBook and UNO trade verses about growing up. An ode to his sister who passed away, UNO raps about being the child of immigrants and the sacrifice his parents made for him to have the opportunities heâ€™s had in life.
Like so many artists, CookBook and UNO have experienced the industry shuffle that goes along with the rap game. In â€˜98, the two formed a group called LA Symphony with Pigeon John, Flynn, Joey the Jerk, and Sharlok Poems. In `99, the groupâ€™s critically acclaimed debut album, CompositionNo. 1, catapulted them into the national spotlight. Since then, theyâ€™ve released five full-lengths, and two EPs. The last record, Unleashed, was released in 2007.
Although the group is planning a reunion someday in the future, CookBook and UNO Mas stay busy at â€œthe factoryâ€ churning out new projects of their own. Together theyâ€™ve released Stereo-types (2001), Robertson Bullies (2006), While they Slept (2006). Their fifth LP, The Overflow, resulted in 40,000 hits through the first five months. Last year, CookBook released a critically acclaimed, a retro themed concept album, I Love the 80s.