After years of penning songs for the Oakland thrash metal group Survival, Nick Noro is paying homage to the east bay’s legacy of hip-hop with his self-released new album, Cut. Brandishing an eccentric lyrical style somewhere between Too $hort and Iceberg Slim–and a production style that’s strays from rap to 80s rock–the 10 track album will be available digitally on November 10, 2015.
Raised in the Bay Area, Noro started his career in his 20’s by touring as a guitarist for Hellcat artist Static Thought, appearing at music festivals such as Reading and Leeds festivals.
“I played in hardcore bands my whole life,” explains Noro. “But I was always listening to bay area hip-hop, like Andre Nickatina, The Luniz, and Mac Mall– going to their shows when I could.” Not surprising that Noro reps the bay where, he explains, “Thrashers and punks love hip-hop and alternatively, a lot of die hard hip-hop heads love hardcore.”
But Noro’s shift into rap was cemented when he was 21 years old, after discovering the production software, Logic. He quickly learned to how to record, mix, master which lead to him making beats in his spare time. “After a year or so, I had about a hundred and fifty beats with no lyrics over them,” says Noro, “So I just started rapping.”
In 2011, Noro’s life changed forever. After a night of heavy partying, he got in a head-on collision and nearly lost his life. The brush with death led Noro to re-evaluate his life, and he quit drinking and drugs in 2011.
Cut will be available November 10, 2015. Production is shared on the album by Nick Noro, Betamaxx, Miami Nights 1984, and Khayree.