The self titled project from Small Wonders now available on Bandcamp.com
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Ten years ago, a good friend of mine by the name of Marcus Norwood and I, started a hip hop duo known as Small Wonders. It was the traditional MC/Dj combo, our format was Two Turntables and a Mic, and our mission statement was simple; Quality Handmade Hip Hop. I began calling us the Army of Two a short time after we founded the entity, due to our ability to cover many bases musically between the two of us, both on the stage and in the creative process. During that time we recorded a mixtape project called Playability, which was released on CD and marketed in the Indiana area. We shot a music video for our song They Don’t See, and done a number of shows in the area. In the heyday of forums like Myspace and Reverbnation we were able to reach a lot of listeners online and spread the buzz.
A major influence on Small Wonders, was owner of Village Green Records, Travis Harvey. Not only did he design this cover back in 2008, he also began making handmade T shirts with this logo and spreading it through the Ball State University campus, where the store is located. Our first and last show was at VGR. Needless to say, we will have to return for a reunion show in the future.
This project includes music that was made from 2008 to 2017, all produced by Marcus Norwood(Definition), and written by Donta Rollins(Goldeneye). All re-recorded and mixed by Andrew Christman in the Palace of Sorrow studio in Muncie. It is a must have for the music collection, especially for listeners of traditional, uptempo, boom bap hip hop. For fans of groups such as Tribe Called Quest, Eric B. and Rakim, and Gang Starr. Another feel good classic to add to your collection of real hip hop music.
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The “army of two” known as Small Wonders is composed of myself(Goldeneye), and Marcus Norwood. We pride ourselves in making “quality handmade hip hop music” using the traditional method of sampling, along with live instrumentation and turntablism to create a vintage sound with modern rhythms and subject matter. We started making music together in 2000 after meeting through a mutual friend whom I met on a random occurrence in the smoking break room at my job. At the time I was in a local group called the Warheadz, and Marcus became our DJ and eventually started making tracks for us. After the group split up in 02, we began working on music as an MC/DJ combo and developed the formula that would eventually become Small Wonders in 2008.
We hit the ground running with two turntables and a mic, doing shows in the Muncie and Ball State area. Working with Travis at Village Green Records, was an important part of putting the Small Wonders movement together. VGR was the main platform for promoting our music, and Travis was the designer four our main logo and album cover. Some of our best shows came here at this record store/concert venue. It was also the main location for our first video for the song They Don’t See, which we released in 2010. Our debut mixtape Playability circulated through the region and hit various spots around the world online, establishing a listening base.
We were constatly on the scene in Muncie and BSU. Campus hotspots like Be Here Now, where we opened for hip hop legend Canibus and Wu Tang affiliate Timbo King. We also rocked events like the Village Music fest, Muncie Music Fest and the Muncie Gras on several occasions an even graced the local newspaper a couple times with show pics.The Small Wonders buzz was not limited to the central Indiana region, as Marcus had moved to Galveston, Texas. We were able to gain listeners in that region as well as various points around the globe through friends, family and the power of the internet
I look at Small Wonders like Jedi Knights in hip hop, lying in wait, ready to return and bring a new hope. I feel like our music has a timeless effect that gives it Playability that will last a long time, just like classic hip hop, that’s why I am never in a hurry to release projects from us. I have consolidated all of our previous music into an album and an instrumental project and I am releasing them online for the entire world to hear. So upon our return, everyone has had a chance to get familiar with our previous songs and knows what to expect, somewhat however, as evolution will bring new ideas and abilities in the future.
It’s been nearly four years since the release of my last album Donta’s Inferno. Besides working countless hours at a local steakhouse during that time, I also took part in several ventures such as co-hosting a radio show with Merc Versus called POWz Radio, participating in community events with my chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, and most recently I have been a part of a band called Planet Boom Bap also with Merc, who is the bands founder. Along with The Pearl King on the drums, Wiz Kid Nate Kolbe on the keys, and Zac Burger on the bass, we played a number of shows in the state of Indiana last year, including the Chreece Festival in Indy, and opened for Potluck and Devin the Dude as well as Obie Trice. We also started on our album Parallel Universe. Our first song from the album Astronauts is online now.
I have also been working on new music the entire time, in addition to making some new quality handmade hip hop with my group Small Wonders, I have nearly completed the creative process on my latest solo album titled LOCAL, which is set to release this spring. I chose this title for the album because it is how I was feeling at the time. I came up with the concept in 2004, when I was feeling the same way, which is close to my city and state. After doing numerous shows with Planet Boom Bap and Small Wonders throughout the city of Muncie and the state of Indiana, I have established a connection with alot of artists, Djs, and “scenesters” in the area. It inspired me to make something to represent the entire scene. Every artist has ambitions of taking their music around the world, but the love and support you get on a local scale can propel you to the next level. Even the top selling superstar rap artists take pride in performing and “puttin on” for their city.
The first song released from the LP is my anthem Big Time, which was inspired by the Rick James classic song of the same title.I chose this song first because I wanted to come out the gate with something hard hitting with a solid mission statement to set the tone for the album. The lyrics of the song talk about the experience of an up and coming artist looking to make it to the next level of the entertainment business and at the same time making good music.
The song is produced by fellow Zulu and Indianapolis based producer Klinik, and recorded and mixed by Andrew Christman at the Palace of Sorrowin Muncie.