Nocando

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Nocando
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Nocando performing in 2007.
Background information
Birth name James McCall[1]
Born (1983-06-03) June 3, 1983 (age 35)[2]
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Indie hip hop, freestyle rap, underground hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2004-present
Labels Alpha Pup Records, Dome of Doom Records, Hellfyre Club
Associated acts Project Blowed, Bomb Zombies, Flash Bang Grenada, Customer Service, Busdriver, Nobody, Thavius Beck, Open Mike Eagle
Website soundcloud.com/nocando

James McCall (born June 3, 1983), better known by his stage name Nocando, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California.[3] He is the 2007 Scribble Jam champion[4] and founder of Hellfyre Club.[5] He is a member of hip hop groups such as Customer Service,[6] Bomb Zombies,[7] and Flash Bang Grenada.[8]

Career[edit]

Nocando began gaining notoriety in Leimert Park's open-mic workshops in South Los Angeles. In the battle circuit, it is believed that he has won a hundred wins over many emcees.[9] Nocando has since focused on making and releasing music, only taking time out occasionally to battle.[10]

In January 2010, Nocando released his official debut album, Jimmy the Lock, on Alpha Pup Records.[11] It was produced by Thavius Beck, Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Daedelus, and Nicholas Thorburn, among others.[12] Later that year, he released Sincerely Yours, a collaborative EP with Nobody as Bomb Zombies, on Hellfyre Club.[13] In 2011, he released 10 Haters, a collaborative album with Busdriver as Flash Bang Grenada,[14] which was listed by the Alarm magazine as one of "50 Unheralded Albums from 2011".[15]

In January 2012, Nocando released a free EP, Zero Hour.[16] He released "Where's the Money?" in September 2012,[17] and "Up in the Air" in December 2012.[18] In December 2013, he released a single, "Little Green Monsters".[19] His second solo album, Jimmy the Burnout, was released on Hellfyre Club in March 2014.[20]

In 2017, Nocando released Severed.[21][22] HipHopDX called it "one of Nocando's most powerful albums to date."[23] Uproxx named it the 24th best rap album of 2017.[24] In that year, he also released King Snake.[24]

Discography[edit]

Albums

Mixtapes

  • Walk the Void (2006)
  • L.A. vs. Hollywood (2008)
  • Tits & Explosions (2013)
  • Severed (2017)
  • King Snake (2017)

EPs

  • The Impatient EP (2004)
  • Is a Virus (2009)
  • The Patient EP (2009)
  • Zero Hour (2012)
  • M.O.T.H (2018)
  • Coyote (2018)

Singles

  • "Where's the Money?" (2012)
  • "Up in the Air" (2012)
  • "Little Green Monsters" (2013)
  • "True Autumn" (2018)

Guest appearances

  • Subtitle - "Cray Crazy" from Young Dangerous Heart (2005)
  • Ellay Khule - "Unlucky" from In My Own World (2006)
  • Thavius Beck - "98" from Thru (2006)
  • Subtitle - "Write Is Wrong" from Terrain to Roam (2006)
  • 8-Bit Bandit & Dumbfoundead - "Strategy Guide" from Super Barrio Bros. (2007)
  • Awol One - "Crew Cut for Sale" from Afterbirth (2007)
  • Joe Dub - "The Getdown" from Pooretry (2007)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Four Horsemen" from Premeditated Folly (2008)
  • Kenny Segal - "Backyard BBQ" from Ken Can Cook (2008)
  • K-the-I??? - "Trading Places" from Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (2008)
  • Sahtyre - "Natural High" from High Saht (2009)
  • Dumbfoundead & DJ Zo - "She Don't Care Remix" from Fun with Dumb (2009)
  • Riow Arai - "Meet Me in Ebisu" and "Open Eyed Dreams" from Number Nine (2009)
  • Deeskee - "Relative Work" from Audiobiograffiti (2009)
  • Abstract Rude - "Thynk Eye Can (Blowedian Next Generation Mix)" from Rejuvenation (2009)
  • Busdriver - "Least Favorite Rapper" from Jhelli Beam (2009)
  • Factor - "Tell Me" from 13 Stories (2010)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Combustible Party Truck" from Another Roadside Attraction (2010)
  • Intuition - "All I Got" from Girls Like Me (2010)
  • Otherwize - "Cum on Dance" from Point of View (2010)
  • Nobody - "Innocent, In a Sense" from One for All Without Hesitation (2010)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Unapologetic" from Unapologetic Art Rap (2010)
  • African-American Zombie Lawyer - "Watchmen" from The Adventures of Finglonger (2011)
  • C-Rayz Walz - "Blvck Like Burt Reynolds" from All Blvck Everything: The Prelude (2011)
  • Sleaze - "The Real" from Arkitectoniks (2011)
  • Mexicans with Guns - "Got Me Fucked Up" from Ceremony (2011)
  • Rogue Venom - "Go" (2011)
  • Open Mike Eagle - "Free-Writing Exercise" from 4nml Hsptl (2012)
  • Self Jupiter & Kenny Segal - "City Lights" from The Kleenrz (2012)
  • Busdriver - "Werner Herzog" from Arguments with Dreams (2012)
  • Great Dane - "All Over" from Alpha Dog (2013)
  • Taurus Scott - "Tax Man" from Taurus Scott (2013)
  • Milo - "Sophistry and Illusion" from Cavalcade (2013)
  • Nobody - "Beaches" from Vivid Green (2013)
  • Anderson Paak - "Heart of Gold (Chain)" from Cover Art (2013)
  • Clipping. - "Something They Don't Know" (2014)
  • Man Mantis - "Tracing Paper" from Majestic Dimensions Vol. I (2014)
  • Wax - "General Sh*t Talk" from Livin Foul (2015)
  • CLMD - "Did It Again" (2015)
  • Dumbfoundead - "Hit and Run" from We Might Die (2016)

Compilation appearances

  • Danger Room Vol. 1 (2004)
  • Project Blowed 10th Anniversary (2005)
  • Sucka Free (2006)
  • Project Blowed for Dummies (2006)
  • Los Scandalous (2007)
  • Danger Room Vol. 2 (2009)
  • Prometheus (2011)
  • Veneris Nigrum (2011)
  • Dorner vs. Tookie (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weiss, Jeff (June 28, 2017). "Leaving Low End Theory Behind, Nocando Aims High on Ambitious New Album". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Nocando - About". Facebook. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Vigeland, Tess; Lanz, Michelle (March 28, 2013). "Neighborhoods: Leimert Park's important place in LA's music and cultural history (Map)". SCPR. 
  4. ^ Gilkeson, Kyle (September 12, 2011). "Guest Spot: Nocando explains the power of wordplay". Alarm. 
  5. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (January 20, 2011). "DX next: Nocando". HipHopDX. 
  6. ^ Gilkeson, Kyle (January 19, 2011). "MP3 Premiere: El-P's "Time Won't Tell" (Nocando Remix)". Alarm. 
  7. ^ Martins, Chris (September 10, 2010). "Exclusive: Busdriver and Nocando Form Alt-Rap Superduo, Flash Bang Grenada". LA Weekly. 
  8. ^ Weiss, Jeff (November 11, 2010). "Nobody and Nocando become Bomb Zombies, go 'Over the Edge' in exclusive MP3". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ Weiss, Jeff (January 28, 2010). "Locked and Loaded: Nocando". LA Weekly. 
  10. ^ Ziegler, Chris (January 25, 2010). "Nocando: It's a Great Song, But I Hate You". L.A. Record. 
  11. ^ Madden, Dave (January 28, 2010). "Nocando - Jimmy the Lock". URB. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Maharaj, Zoneil (April 15, 2010). "Jimmy the Lock". XLR8R. 
  13. ^ Fallon, Patric (October 20, 2010). "Nocando and Nobody Collaborate on Bomb Zombies". XLR8R. Archived from the original on August 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Painter, Harry (July 15, 2011). "Busdriver, Nocando project Flash Bang Grenada announces debut". Consequence of Sound. 
  15. ^ Morrow, Scott (December 30, 2011). "50 Unheralded Albums from 2011". Alarm. 
  16. ^ Gillespie, Blake (January 12, 2012). "Nocando's Zero Hour free EP". Impose. 
  17. ^ "Nocando – Where's The Money? (prod. Low Limit)". Fashionably Early. September 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ Irish, Logan (December 17, 2012). "Nocando - "Up In The Air"". Earmilk. 
  19. ^ Gillespie, Blake (December 6, 2013). "Nocando, "Little Green Monsters" (feat. Liphemra)". Impose. 
  20. ^ Patrin, Nate (March 17, 2014). "Nocando: Jimmy the Burnout". Pitchfork. 
  21. ^ Williams, Aaron (May 26, 2017). "Former Battle Rap Champion Nocando's New Album 'Severed' Is A Battle Between Nocando And Himself". Uproxx. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  22. ^ Schube, Will (June 9, 2017). "No More Drama For Nocando". Bandcamp Daily. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  23. ^ Eustice, Kyle (May 31, 2017). "Nocando Drops "Severed" Project Featuring Slug, Aceyalone & Ghetts". HipHopDX. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "All The Best Rap Albums Of 2017, Ranked". Uproxx. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 

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