Boog Brown is a Queens-based emcee, originally hailing from "Atlanta by way of Detroit." Her last full-length project, The Late Bloom, was released in 2013 on Working Class Music Group with production work from Dynamite Bruhz, Illastrate, Joe D. and Lex Boogie. Since 2010, Boog has released a multitude of projects and has worked with Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Apollo Brown, Live Percenters, L'Orange, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Dillon Maurer as Martha Knuckles—primarily, issued on Mello Music Group. For the last few months, I've been hearing rumblings about a mysterious project called "The Boog Brown EP" with production work from UK-based beat-maker Tom Caruana. Caruana is, of course, the man behind the boards for phenomenal mash-up albums, such as Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles - Enter: The Magical Mystery Tour, Jimi Henrdix vs. Wu-Tang - Black Gold, An Adventure to Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space, okayplayer: The Bollywood Re-make, and most recently, Black Gold - Spare Nuggets. Although, I didn't get a chance to cover it within the pages of The Witzard, Tom Caruana and his band, Son of Sam, released one of the strongest "Live" Hip-Hop albums 2017 with CINDER HILL. Tom Caruana (percussion, piano, samples & clav) along with drummer John Sam, bassist/guitarist Joe Sam, and keys, sax & flute player Richard Halligan recruited a who's-who of sharp-tongued emcees from both sides of The Pond to help fill out CINDER HILL. Shout-out to Tim Fish at GingerSlim for initially turning me onto Son of Sam!
Just this past Tuesday night, Caruana's Tea Sea Records surprise-released a digital single from the Boog Brown EP called "A Little Light." They've also, announced Boog Brown & Tom Caruana's collaborative Boog Brown EP will be released digitally on Monday, October 22nd. It appears as though the CD/tape/digital versions of the Boog Brown EP will feature a whopping 13 tracks—10 originals and 3 Tom Caruana Remixes—while the 7-inch vinyl version will feature 4 stand-out tracks. Boog Brown EP will feature guest verses from BIGREC, Flo, Dillon, Nolan The Minja, and yU AKA yU The 78er. Caruana provides production, various instruments, and mixing throughout the Boog Brown EP and his fellow Son of Sam bandmates John & Joe Sam make appearances on select tracks. A crew of talented players including Nick Maxwell, Jabbathekut, Andy Vickery, and mastering engineer Chemo help fill out the rest of the Extended Play. I was fortunate enough to receive a pre-release press advance of the Boog Brown EP and trust me, this one's not to be missed! I would even go as far as to liken it to something to the effect of Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman's critically-acclaimed LICE 1-3 EP's or El-P & Killer Mike's Run The Jewels 1-3. Boog Brown & Tom Caruana's Boog Brown EP is currently available to pre-order from Tea Sea Records' Bandcamp page; 7-inches, CD's, and cassettes are expected to ship by or before Monday, October 22nd.