The Urban Sophisticates

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The Urban Sophisticates are a live hip-hop group from Greensboro, North Carolina formed in 2002. The group consists of 7 members: Benton James - MC, Aaron James - Vocals, Jeremy Denman - Trumpet, Sal Mascali - Trombone, Ryan Kee - Bass, Romondo Jessup - Drums, Darion Alexander - Bass. One of their biggest claims to fame within the hip hop world is their horns section; according to blogger Judge Mental, "The horns are their signature, and give them a really funky sound."VMP They have described their sound as "post bling neo funk hip hop for ya soul."carolinian online Their energy fueled and original sound are a good sign for the hip hop world, and even better sign for the vitality that particular genre embodies.[who?]


The group formed in 2002 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon their inception as a group, they began playing at local venues around Greensboro and Chapel Hill. In 2003, they released their debut, self-titled album independently. In 2005, the released their sophomore effort, entitled The Coward's Anthem.

Independent Music World Series[edit]

In 2006, they won the Southeast Disc Makers Independent Music World Series. As a result of which, they "took home their share of $250,000 in prizes, including recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, and more." About the contest, Benton James, MC and frontman stated, " "I couldn't be more thankful and excited that we won the Southeast showcase. It was a great honor to even participate in this event and the industry contacts we made will definitely take us to a higher level. The prizes are such a blessing that we would like to thank Disc Makers, Billboard and Taxi."MTVu

Upcoming album[edit]

Their upcoming album, which is currently being recorded as of May 12, 2008, features some notable collaborations, including Justice League affiliate Nicolay. The album is highly anticipated by Urban fans, and due to the notability of the collaborators, it could place the band in more of a spotlight than they have previously enjoyed.


Urban Sophisticates (2002)
The Coward's Anthem (2005)

1.Coward's Anthem
2.We Can Watch it All
4.Chapel Hill
5.Khaos Mathematics
6.It's About Time
8.I'm Feelin it
9.Fake Gun Hands
10.To the Top
11.Soul Crime
14.The Waiting Room

Live from the Pour House (2007)
Classic Material (2009)