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Kuf Knotz to release A Positive Light March 24th, 2015 on Ropeadope Records


Philly / Brooklyn MC hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz will release his sophomore studio album, A Positive Light, on Ropeadope Records on March 24, 2015. The ‘Urban Zen’ musician invited a different guest artist to appear on each track while recording the album between New Jersey and Amsterdam. The result is a dynamic effort showcasing a unique blend of progressive and golden age hip hop, soul, blues, jazz, world and reggae music.

Kuf Knotz’s eloquent positive-charged rhymes create an underlying cohesive foundation for A Positive Light, allowing for his bevy of musical influences to flow from track to track. “My music’s always had a pretty broad spectrum as far as influences go,” says Kuf, “it feels really natural to blend genres.” 

On “Get Free”, the first single from A Positive Light, Kuf invited Brian Dale Allen Strouse (The Lawsuits) to contribute buoyant vocals over a vintage rocksteady groove. Afropop melodies underscore spoken verses with gorgeously expressive vocalizations by Senegalese artist Omar Ka on “Inertia”. “A New Day” features a smoky trumpet line over hopeful choruses; dance track “Movement Red” is an energetic wakeup call; “Vibrations” fuses futuristic shimmer with an R&B backbone; and “Runnin’” is as heartfelt as it is soaring while Kuf sings, “speaking for the humans whose voice went unheard, reach for every dream and speeding at every turn.”

A Positive Light is Kuf Knotz’s follow-up release to 2010’s Boombox Logic, which featured guest performances from Philly notables G. LoveSharon Little and Doodle Bug of Digable Planets. The album received acclaim from WXPN’s The World Cafe, New York’s Village Voice, Philadelphia’s Enquirer and City Paper, and top tier websites. It also graced top ten album of the year lists from WXPN, Philadelphia Weekly and Village Voice. Kuf has shared the stage with Ms. Lauryn HillTalib KweliRobert GlasperThe WailersCommonDr. DogRobert RandolphArrested DevelopmentInspectah DeckSOJANew York DollsSteel PulseThe Roots, andAmos Lee, and also became the first hip-hop act to open for Bruce Springsteen, notably at a rally for then Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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