Sound Providers

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Formed: 1998 | San Diego, CA
Members: J Skillz and Soulo

The Sound Providers are a jazz rap duo formed by producers Jay Skillz and Soulo (3). Formed in 1998 in San Diego, California, it originally included a third member, an MC named Profile (6), who left the group shortly before they were signed by ABB Records. The Sound Providers produced a number of singles before releasing their debut album Sound Providers - An Evening With The Sound Providers, recorded and produced in San Diego and Los Angeles, in 2004 on ABB Records. Without Profile (6), The SPs filled the void by bringing in a number of guest artists: Asheru, The Procussions, Wee Bee Foolish, Maspyke and Little Brother (3) all made contributions to the album. Soulo (3), although fulfilling the role of DJ/producer, is known to occasionally spit on the mic. He only raps briefly on the debut, but rapped on a number of their earlier tracks.

In early 2006 they released another album entitled Sound Providers - Looking Backwards: 2001-1998, which is a compilation of earlier songs made when Profile (6) was still a member of the group. These songs were previously available only as 12" singles. The album also includes a number of radio promos and other beats and songs which had never seen the light of day before.

In 2006 The Pros also completed a full-length album with an emcee from Tampa, Florida named Surreal (6). The album is entitled Surreal (6) & The Sound Providers* - True Indeed, and the first single Surreal (6) & Sound Providers - Just Gettin' Started / Place To Be was released in June of the same year. The full length album was released on 14 November 2006 on Quarternote Records / ABB Records

The Sound Providers sound is predominately jazz orientated hip hop, though their work can consist of a much wider array of genres. Their style is a mix of socially conscious lyrics with new school rap beats, with samples taken from jazz, funk, and reggae. They have cited artists such as Gang Starr and the Native Tongues as influences for their work.
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Albums

Sound Providers - An Evening With The Sound Providers album art Sound Providers An Evening With The Sound Providers (Album) Quarternote Records, ABB Records US 2004 Sell This Version
Sound Providers - True Indeed album art Surreal (6) & The Sound Providers* Surreal (6) & The Sound Providers* - True Indeed (Album) ABB Records, Quarternote Records Japan 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

QTR001 Sound Providers - Dope Transmission / The Field album art Sound Providers Dope Transmission / The Field(12") Quarternote Records QTR001 US 1998 Sell This Version
QTR002 Sound Providers - Get Down / No Time album art Sound Providers Get Down / No Time(12") Quarternote Records QTR002 US 1999 Sell This Version
QTR1013 Sound Providers - The Difference / Yes Y'All album art Sound Providers The Difference / Yes Y'All(12") Quarternote Records, ABB Records QTR1013 US 2000 Sell This Version
QTR1025 Sound Providers - Who Am I? album art Sound Providers Who Am I?(12") Quarternote Records, ABB Records QTR1025 US 2001 Sell This Version
QTR007, ABB 1048-1 Sound Providers - For Old Times Sake / The Throwback (Remix) album art Sound Providers For Old Times Sake / The Throwback (Remix)(12") Quarternote Records, ABB Records QTR007, ABB 1048-1 US 2004 Sell This Version
QTR006 Sound Providers - Street Keys / Apples album art Sound Providers Street Keys / Apples(7", Promo) Quarternote Records QTR006 US 2004 Sell This Version
QTR005-1, ABB1046-1 Sound Providers - The Throwback / Braggin And Boastin album art Sound Providers The Throwback / Braggin And Boastin(12") Quarternote Records, ABB Records QTR005-1, ABB1046-1 US 2004 Sell This Version
ABB 1054-1 Sound Providers - It's Gonna Bee Part II / 5 Minutes (Remix) album art Sound Providers It's Gonna Bee Part II / 5 Minutes (Remix)(12") ABB Records ABB 1054-1 US 2005 Sell This Version
ABB 1072-1 Sound Providers - Just Gettin' Started / Place To Be album art Surreal (6) & Sound Providers Surreal (6) & Sound Providers - Just Gettin' Started / Place To Be(12") ABB Records ABB 1072-1 US 2006 Sell This Version
DWG7003 Sound Providers - Say What / Nuff Said / Who Am I? (Remix) album art Sound Providers Say What / Nuff Said / Who Am I? (Remix)(7", Ltd) Diggers With Gratitude DWG7003 UK 2010 Sell This Version

Compilations

Sound Providers - Looking Backwards: 2001-1998 album art Sound Providers Looking Backwards: 2001-1998 (Album, Comp) ABB Records US 2005 Sell This Version

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Ed1234

Ed1234

November 6, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Best underground hip hop group!11
Can't wait for the next album! :D
yulablues

yulablues

November 15, 2013
Shhhhh. Want to sneak some hip hop into the naysayers life? You found your key...

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