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Point Out The Bounce ft. DJ Low Key

In my decade or so in the Denver hip hop scene, Nicole has been one of the biggest, fairest and most vocal proponents of the city’s music. She’s special, not just because she does the tireless, thankless job of thoughtfully documenting the scene in our city, but because she does so with a fairness and honesty that’s virtually extinct in music journalism. That makes her extraordinary, not just for here in Colorado, but for anywhere and I hope that Denver recognizes her for that as well as her writing on a broader scale. Although I’m sure she’ll still keep a vigilant eye on our scene, our loss becomes Vegas’s gain and hopefully they’ll realize the HUGE addition that she’ll be to their city and music community. Cheers to Nicole for all the years of love and attention she’s put into our city’s scene, for being a strong advocate for what she believes in and fighting the good fight despite the ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. King F.O.E.

  When I heard Nicole was leaving I was hurt that the city would be losing a voice for hip hop that was so vocal throughout the past six years plus. She was the one who gave me my very first interview, in 800 the Jewell’s basement on the East Side, and I haven’t looked back since. I remember being high as hell, (because that’s how I roll) and nervous as shit but I made it through professional as hell! I’ll never forget that crazy ass trip we had to the mountains to see Meth and Red, you drive fast as shit!! Still scared! HAHA. We are gonna miss you Nicole, congratulations on your new journey!   Point Out the Bounce culminates in Nicole’s Going Away Party, 12/11/15 at Lost Lake Lounge. DJs Cysko Rokwel and AWHAT will be spinning all night, as well as performances by a few of Nicole’s many subjects over the years: King F.O.E., Big J Beats, ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Mane Rok

NickelBag, Yeah. That’s right. Leave it to Mane to start off a letter to/about you humble bragging and shit. It hit me suddenly, going over what Status had to say about/to you. As our relationship was in it’s budding stages, Mr. Eyl interviewed me over some drinks at Tooey’s. This was post-ManeLine cover story. This was the era where the Westword & Dave Herrera really started picking up Hip-Hop coverage like never before. The performer and nominee list for the Showcase was bigger than we’d ever seen – having grown from 5 nominees in a single Hip-Hop category to a few Hip-Hop categories with over 5 nominees in each. And Mr Eyl said it: “Mane, you’re like the Mayor of Denver Hip-Hop. All the advocating you’ve done, people are really starting to notice that we have a Hip-Hop scene here in Colorado.” I retorted with “Naw man, I’m less Mayor and more concerned citizen.” I did this to show a ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Blake Jackson

Nicole not only has had a direct influence on the hip-hop community in Denver, but she also helped me break into my career as a photographer.  We first started working together back when all I did was photograph street art and graffiti, which she started featuring on Hip Hop Roll Call.  This evolved into me doing quite a bit of concert photography for HHRC.  It’s safe to say I wouldn’t have the opportunities I currently have if it wasn’t for her taking a chance on me. Obviously, Denver will greatly miss Nicole.  During a time when Denver hip-hop wasn’t getting the coverage or respect it so desperately needed and deserved from traditional media, she provided a voice and an outlet to so many Denver artists.  And this wasn’t on some ulterior motives type shit either; she truly embraces the culture, is educated to its history and wants others to succeed.  But, this never meant that she would simply tell you ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Big J Beats

Trying to put the appreciation for everything Nicole & HHRC has done for me into words, intended for a writer as talented as her is a bit of a task for a guy that doesn’t use words very often. It is however, easy to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all your genuine, kind, inspiring words. I also want to acknowledge how absolutely fond I was and will always be of running into her at shows or events around Denver. You’re not only a super down to earth gal, but an amazing, talented soul!! This city will not be the same without you but the world has a ton to gain from you if distributed evenly, starting with Las Vegas. Best wishes and super, good luck to you and your family, Nicole! Fondly, your Fan & Friend -Justin “Big J. Beats” Alvarado     Point Out the Bounce culminates in Nicole’s Going Away Party, 12/11/15 at Lost ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Tony Mason

I’m bummed to see Nicole leave Denver but very excited for her new endeavors in Las Vegas, and wish her the best of luck.  I think this will be a great move for her to take her career as a journalist to the next level.  I’ve enjoyed working and communicating with Nicole over the past few years.  We both have a great passion for hip hop music and the Denver community.  I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to be interviewed by her about my role in the local music scene and to work with her in promoting shows/artists.  Her vast knowledge of the local music scene and drive to help bring up artists through her creative writing skills is very impressive and inspiring. I respect Nicole for all she has done; she’s introduced me to amazing musicians I would have otherwise never known about, she’s covered concerts that I’ve booked around town and she’s been an outstanding, positive attitude and ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. HoTT

  To a dear and fellow wordsmith. Throughout the duration of our friendship, Nicole – you’ve been a standard of excellence. Additionally, you’ve been a beacon when it comes to professional networking and management, making your advice second to none. Knowing you has taught me to be punctual responding to emails, to be mindful when speaking in public and to always allow your spirit to guide the way. You are a master when it comes to artistic journalism and the industry is fortunate to have you and your skills documenting it. I will miss you and your way with laconic detailing – one of the best out there, Miss Nicole Cormier O’Reilly . -HoTT   Point Out the Bounce culminates in Nicole’s Going Away Party, 12/11/15 at Lost Lake Lounge. DJs Cysko Rokwel and AWHAT will be spinning all night, as well as performances by a few of Nicole’s many subjects over the years: King F.O.E., Big J Beats, Stay Tuned, Diamond Boiz, Status & Manic ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Inkline

Nicole, I’m not sure where to start because I know this will not even begin to accurately express the love and gratitude that I hold in my heart for you. Here goes anyway – I couldn’t be any more thrilled for you and the next step you’ve chosen to take on your path of Life. One thing I know for certain: your words inspire greatness. Even amidst your brutal honesty lies a passion that truly makes the world a better place. Your honesty makes the world a better place because you actually and genuinely care. Aside from your in-depth, always on point album reviews and write ups (which I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed), your words have also helped me through some pretty dark times, personally. Thank you for taking to the time to write me during my bid with ADOC. You can’t possibly know what that meant to me. I can’t say that I’m gonna miss you any more than I ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Status

It’s a tough gig writing about a great writer, I’ll start by saying that. None the less it is almost as much of a privilege to write some thoughts about our friend as it has been knowing and conversing with her over the years. About our friend: I can’t speak to what effect Nicole has had on other artists in Denver but I assume we can all agree that her love of the scene and knowledge of all things Hip Hop began the camaraderie we all share today. Before Nicole took the time to make us feel important and appreciated both individually and as a whole, the scene in Denver felt fractured at best. It was Nicole who bridged these crews and neighborhoods with words, respect and constructive advice. She saw through our (Cadava’s) drunk-evil-wild bravado and judged us solely on our creativity and work. We were not “backpackers” or conscious with our lyrics to the average listener but through Nicole’s ears and ultimately through her written ...

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Point Out The Bounce ft. Brian Frederick

Anyone in a city like Denver knows that it’s never as big as it claims to be, and the people involved in creative trades often rub elbows from time to time in the process of the grind. It’s really easy to get to know someone, and their reputation, without actually getting to know them. That’s kind of the way it is with me and Nicole, we worked together for a short period of time at one local rag, then split to others, but always maintained that professional friendship through a mutual fascination with local artists. There are few (very few) writers in this town that have as much respect as she does thrown her way from the community — and that says everything about who she really is. I’m stoked to have worked with her through the years, read everything she championed in the scene, and have no doubt she’ll be able to continue on in the positive path wherever ...

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Point Out The Bounce: Nicole Cormier O’Reilly Makes Her Colorado Exit

In early 2016 Nicole Cormier O’Reilly, our beloved editor and a pillar of the Colorado hip-hop community, will be relocating to Las Vegas to continue her remarkable career with AXS. There. We ripped off the Band-Aid. Let’s continue… In case you’re new to this game, first understand that Nicole helped build it. She has dedicated endless time and energy to covering and uncovering Colorado hip-hop artists of all kinds. Since 2007 Nicole has written extensively with CO Music Buzz, Westword, aboveGround Mag, CPR, AXS, etc. (as well as a long stint as content manager for Examiner). And still, none of that was enough for her. Nicole felt there was a void in Colorado coverage for the artists hustling to get their music heard. So, ever the G, she took it upon herself to create Hip Hop Roll Call where she aimed to get as much music heard, albums examined, shows promoted, and topical articles read as possible. She did it all for ...

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Fresh Pressed: SP Double – “Rolling Stone”

We were digging on this new video for SP Double’s “Rolling Stone” produced by !llmind and some site issues prevented us from posting as our featured video slot. So, we couldn’t let another second go by without posting it. This engaging video was filmed and edited by Jeremy Pape, and though it’s simple, it’s truly a perfect accompaniment to this track.

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Fresh Pressed: A. Meazy – “Juice”

A. Meazy’s debut album, The Real Ned Flanders, was extremely well received, and he’s still banking off that buzz with the drop of the second video for “Juice.” The visuals were shot, directed and edited by Jeremy Pape, and really capture the track’s tempo and theme.

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Fresh Pressed: NmE – “Havens”

The first time we heard NmE was at The Pit open mic night that used to go down at Funky Buddha. He’s also been a sound supporter of the community from all angles since forever. So, when dude sends over his debut solo track, we’re sure as hell gonna post it. His album is dropping on June 23 and the first single, “Havens” was produced by one of our favorites, Big J Beats, and he annihilated it. Check it out and give this cat some honest critique.

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Fresh Pressed: High Five – “Turn It Up”

The latest drop from High Five, “Turn It Up” delivers one of the hottest beats that has come out of the camp. The rhymes are clever and one emcee in particular flexes some intriguing and uneven cadence. We like when people think outside of the box, and this track piqued our interest.

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