Archie Green formerly known as SoulKlap of SoulEssential Recordings is a young and gifted producer/MC from Cleveland, OH now residing in Brooklyn, NY.
Archie had an affinity for music at an early age. “My mother told me I used to dance to music while I was still in her womb, so I guess music has always been a part of me,” says SoulKlap.
Archie started rhyming when he was thirteen. Finding inspiration from the likes of Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco, he originally rapped about what he heard his idols talking about: guns, bitches and money. “I was basically doing whatever was hot at the time. I look back now and laugh about it, but it was serious back then.”
Eventually, Archie stopped rapping and started being a true MC. He decided that no matter what, he would rhyme from his soul. “I just realized that guns, hoes and drugs is not who I am, or who I wanted to be.”
In 2009, he was the main producer on an underground classic, Divine Minds and SoulKlap present The Quan. He also released his debut EP, Soul-Xploitation, which garnered attention on sites such as HipHopDX and KevinNottingham.com. He also placed second in HipHopDx’s American Gangster Remix competition.
In 2010, he collaborated with Divine Minds for an unique video game themed project, Give Up the Sticks in which he lent his vocals and production skills. He also released two mixtapes: Prelude to a Parallax and #imfromcleveland to warm support from his loyal fanbase. Most impressively, however, was his placement of his standout record ‘iOweYou’ on Talib Kweli’s Year of the Blacksmith Community Mixtape hosted by Talib Kweli and mixed by heavyweight Mick Boogie. The year was also a successful performance wise, as he opened for B.o.B. and Wiz Khalifa while playing colleges and venues such as The Grog Shop in Cleveland.
As a producer Archie had a tremendous year in 2011 by producing the popular and infectious “Paper Rocket” for Vada and several tracks on KeilyN’s My Pursuit of Happyness. However, his most important work came as the main producer for Mick Boogie on a Jay-Z and Kanye West mash-up called The Blue Throne which was released in August 2011. He also released his second official solo project, Klapisms Vol. 1: A Parallax, while also releasing a hugely popular insturmental tape to close out the year titled, Not Even A Year.
The first half of 2012 saw him garner three placements on Terry Urban projects: a Notorious B.I.G./Lana Del Ray project titled Born Ready to Die and a Nas and Amy Winehouse project titled Me and Mr. Jones. He also released the outstanding, “Sea of Fish,” the lead single off his upcoming Nothing to Lose, The World to Gain project. Currently, he is working on several projects that are due out in 2012, most notably Divine Minds and SoulKlap present The Quan 2: In Search of Odell Jones.
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