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Prime Suspects

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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May
19
Prime Suspects @ Shakespeare's Pub

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

May
18
Prime Suspects @ Papa Pete's

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

May
11
Prime Suspects @ The Loft Lansing

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Apr
28
Prime Suspects @ The Loft Lansing

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Apr
27
Prime Suspects @ Bullfrog Bar & Grill

Redford Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Redford Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Mar
17
Prime Suspects @ Club 512

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

Mar
15
Prime Suspects @ Club 512

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

Mar
14
Prime Suspects @ Peckerheads

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

Jun
18
Prime Suspects @ Michigan Theatre of Jackson

Jackson, Michigan, United States

Jackson, Michigan, United States

Jun
10
Prime Suspects @ The Stache

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

May
18
Prime Suspects @ Papa Pete's

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

May
06
Prime Suspects @ Papa Pete's

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Apr
29
Prime Suspects @ Papa Pete's

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Apr
23
Prime Suspects @ Macs Bar

Lansing Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Lansing Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Apr
20
Prime Suspects @ Alrosa Villa

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Mar
18
Prime Suspects @ Peckerheads

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

Mar
12
Prime Suspects @ Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge

Lansing Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Lansing Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Feb
19
Prime Suspects @ Papa Pete's

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Feb
12
Prime Suspects @ The Loft Lansing

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Feb
06
Prime Suspects @ The Stache

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Jan
09
Prime Suspects @ Papa Pete's

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Jan
02
Prime Suspects @ Macs Bar

Lansing Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Lansing Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Dec
19
Prime Suspects @ Mickeys Pub

St joseph, Michigan, United States

St joseph, Michigan, United States

Dec
03
Prime Suspects @ The Loft Lansing

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Lansing, Michigan, United States

Nov
27
Prime Suspects @ 36th Street Lounge

Wyoming, Michigan, United States

Wyoming, Michigan, United States

Music

Press


"Prime Suspects: “The Take Off” sums up the qualities that make these guys irresistible!"

Prime Suspects dropped their new album “The Take Off”, on September 4th, 2015. Even if you’re hopelessly alienated from American rap and hip-hop, Prime Suspects is extremely hard to resist if there is a musical bone in your body. “The Take Off” sums up the qualities that make these guys irresistible: smart sampling, superb vocal hooks, maturity, sagacious rapping and finely attuned ears for infectious beats and rhythms. The lead single “We Gon Make It (ft. Charlee),” sums up all these qualities in just 4 minutes.

What makes these whopping 20 tracks so good is that Prime Suspects is not deliberately looking for crossover acceptance; rather they are demonstrating how they can excel at it completely natural way. One moment they’re going hard and aggressive on “I’m a Suspect” and then on the very next track they’re hoppin’ and poppin’ on “By Any Means,” or riding on Top 40 type melodies, like “Understand Me” and “Do It”.

Prime Suspects remain incredibly consistent throughout this album with their energetic flows, colorful rhymes and absolute ear-candy style. Overall, “The Take Off” is a stellar combination of solid music production and raw talent. Apart from the aforementioned tracks, other catchy standouts include: “Pedal to the Floor”, “Switcharoo ( ft. Icelude)”, “Witcho Lyin Ass ( ft. Goodie Boy Flood)”, “Hold You Down ( ft. Charlee)”, “Our Time (ft. Chance Breezy)” and “Platinum & Gold”. In between though, there are still plenty more meaty tracks to chew on, as Prime Suspects deliver a variety of rapping goodness!

Execution is the key to the success on “The Take Off”, as each member of Prime Suspects brings his own personal experience and bag of tricks to the table. The total sum, results in a concept, sound, creativity, craft and vision that is way above the underground norm. Fellow rappers take note, because at this very moment Prime Suspects is at the top of the class! - Jamsphere.com


"Exposed Vocals Interviews Prime Suspects"

Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?

Prime Suspects: I Kid K-Zoo, Skeez, and Sino grew up in our hometown of Kalamazoo, MI and Cash spent most of his childhood in Muskegon Heights, MI. We all have different influences and musical backgrounds that lead to our interest in music and rap music specifically but we all came together and started doing music back in high school when Cash moved to K-Zoo.

Exposed Vocals: How did you come up with that name? What was your inspiration behind it?

Prime Suspects: “Everywhere I go I’m A Suspect” not only is that a line from one of our new songs but it describes the way we have felt since we first got started. Thinking back to when we started and even to this day we have always been that group of people who grab your attention whenever we show up. From our younger days of running around causing trouble, being the life of the party and making moves with the music, we are the ones they talk about, Prime Suspects!

Exposed Vocals: What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

Prime Suspects: At this point in our career music sharing has helped us. Word of mouth has always been and will continue to be the best form of marketing. When we gain a new fan, chances are their friends have similar interests and taste in music and they are more likely to check us out and become a fan themselves off of that recommendation to check us out from someone they know. Between albums we drop free mixtapes and singles. It’s important to give back to the fans that support us. They spend their hard earned money on our music and merchandise, so it’s only right that after we stop heavily promoting an album, we still give them something new from time to time to keep them engaged until our next album drops.

Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

Prime Suspects: Network network network! Building relationships with promoters and local or web radio stations are key! Once you have those relationships you still have to outwork everyone. There are many talented artists out there but it’s the ones that work the hardest that will have the most success.

Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?

Prime Suspects: Yes, we are still human… but we rehearse and work hard to prepare for our performances and that helps us keep mistakes to a minimum. When they happen you just roll with it and keep performing giving 100%. You learn from it and try not to let it happen again, it’s not the end of the world!

Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?

Prime Suspects: We have done many shows out of town and out of state but we haven’t had our own tour yet. With that said we are currently in the process of scheduling and booking dates for a tour to promote our new album “The Take Off” and hope to hit the road early 2016.

Exposed Vocals: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

Prime Suspects: Inspiration can come from anywhere. A past experience whether good or bad, something you’ve seen, something you’ve read about… the opportunities for inspiration are endless. As far as songwriting it isn’t really a process. One of the good things about us being a group of four is that someone always has a new idea or concept. Some of us still write bars in notebooks, some on phones, and tablets. Sometimes you already have a verse that fits a concept and sometimes you write a new verse specifically for a new song.

Exposed Vocals: Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?

Prime Suspects: Yes, our official website is www.PrimeSuspectsMusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PsPrimeSuspects/
Instagram: @PSPrimeSuspects
Twitter: @PrimeSuspectsPS

Exposed Vocals: What are some really embarrassing songs that we might find on your mp3 player?

Prime Suspects: Nothing embarrassing but you may be surprised to find some 80’s rock on Cash’s playlist. Skeez listens to more down south hard bangers, Sino is the guy who stays in touch with the underground and knows about all the up and coming artists before the rest of the world. Kid K-Zoo, I listen to a lot of 90’s hip hop.

Exposed Vocals: If you were given half a million dollars and a year off, what would you do? How would you spend it?

Prime Suspects: A half a million and year off would allow us to make some big investments in our music career and be able to do music full time. We would definitely put that in to furthering our music and movement!

Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?

Prime Suspects: We record with DX the Flex at The House of Trees in Battle Creek, MI. I don’t even know the specific names of the hardware or software he uses, but the quality of our music is always on point.

Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?

Prime Suspects: Social media is always huge for promotion and tends to work the best if you learn how to effectively reach large numbers of people. Of course doing shows and music videos are big as well. We have also used Google and Bing ads, and targeted ads through popular music websites.

Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?

Prime Suspects: Right now we are heavily promoting our recently released album “The Take Off.” Next is planning “The Take Off Tour” to promote the album and reach some cities and states that we haven’t been to before.

Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?

Prime Suspects: We couldn’t see ourselves doing something other than music. This is what we love, this is our passion and our goal is to make a successful career out of music.

Exposed Vocals: How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?

Prime Suspects: It is a relentless grind but working as a team and the support we have from the people who help us behind the scenes is what has allowed us to continue to push our music and grow. You’ve got to appreciate the people who work hard but don’t get the spotlight like we do, they are invaluable.

Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in 2015?

Prime Suspects: Right now I would ask fans to buy or stream the new album. Come out and see us when our tour comes near you in early 2016. We have all new merchandise set to release within the next couple weeks and the launch of our online store at www.primesuspectsmusic.com We will continue to work hard and keep giving you the best music we can create. As always we appreciate all the love and support from all of our fans and thank you to Exposed Vocals for taking the time to interview us! - Exposed Vocals


"Prime Suspects: Infectious Beats Brought To You In New Album"

Prime Suspects is a rap and hip hop group from Kalamazoo, MI consisting of Kid K-Zoo, Cold Cash, Skeez, and Sino. Prime Suspects aka PS Gang recently dropped their new album “The Take Off” on September 4th, 2015. Even if you’re hopelessly alienated from American rap and hip-hop, Prime Suspects is extremely hard to resist if there is a musical bone in your body. “The Take Off” sums up the qualities that make these guys irresistible: smart sampling, superb vocal hooks, maturity, sagacious rapping and finely attuned ears for infectious beats and rhythms. The lead single “We Gon Make It (ft. Charlee),” sums up all these qualities in just 4 minutes.

Prime Suspects Official Website:
http://www.primesuspectsmusic.com

New Album titled “The Take Off” released on September 4th, 2015 http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1032873342?ls=1&app=itunes - SingerHangout.com


"West Michigan Hip Hop Artists You Need to Check Out"

PRIME SUSPECTS
Kalamazoo
The PS Gang is a cohesive group, each member bringing their unique style and swagger to the mix. This is a collection of hip-hop artists that is on the up-and-up in Kalamazoo right now - Recoil Magazine


"Jaw Dropping Beast Mode Stuff"

Prime Suspects and Lil Wyte combine with producer Swiss Frankie on “Going Down” to deliver a noteworthy track. Together they have some of the most distinctive voices ever to emerge from underground rap, there’s really no mistaking a Prime Suspects track. Well maybe noteworthy is a weak description. This is jaw-dropping beast mode stuff – a huge leap forward. Anyone who can write this off as being “more of the same” from either of these artists patently got the hold of the wrong track!

From the cinematic throb of the opening to the rumbling bass and ghostly orchestral wails, Prime Suspects and Lil Wyte stalks the soundscape. More sneering than ever, syllables clipped till the words are spat out like machine-gun bullets, Prime Suspects have found a new level of scariness.

An obvious stand-out is the collaboration with Lil Wyte, who calmly throws in his malevolent flow squeezed between the gruff psycho-threats from the Prime Suspects.

But it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ray “Cold Cash” Alexander III, Mario “Skeez” Burney and Blaine “Kid K-Zoo” Burnett’s energy, humorous wordplay and bravado are an indisputable recipe for success. It shouldn’t be difficult for any of us to understand how the group has managed to continuously breathe life into each new release.

For all the charismatic chemistry that the rappers display, Swiss Frankie’s production on “Going Down” also makes a case for its continuing musical importance. Prime Suspects are a hard-ass credible rap group who market themselves tirelessly. And compared to just about any other rap group , they are hard, in-your-face motherfuckers.

I could go into a lengthy explanation about the grit and sweat-soaked beat, the hardened lyrics full of spit and venom, but really you need to check Prime Suspects and Lil Wyte out for yourself. Lyrically, they always deliver, but the energy, style and charisma on display here is epic.

The creativity of this dynamic group once again is displayed in this instant classic. In the current “dark age” of Hip-hop music where every so called artist is caught in the Trap, this track is a welcome change – a return to the sound, the vibe and the energy that originally made Rap and Hip-hop so interesting and exciting.

If you consider yourself a fan of hip-hop and haven’t heard the Prime Suspects and Lil Wyte, gtfo. If on the other hand you consider yourself a fan of either the Prime Suspects or Lil Wyte and haven’t heard “Going Down”, gtfo! - Jamsphere


Discography

The Ascent (Released November 3, 2017)

The Take Off (Released September 4, 2015)

The Lifestyle on Liquor and Louds Mixtape (Released 2014)



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Bio

Hailing from the landscapes of Kalamazoo, Michigan is Rap & Hip Hop group Prime Suspects (AKA: PS Gang), comprised of Blaine "Kid K-Zoo" Burnett, Mario "Skeez" Burney, Ray "Cold Cash" Alexander, and Brandon "Sino" Slaughter.  They have hit the ground running in the music industry since their formation, and quickly became one of the area's more lucrative groups known for entertaining live shows, incredible chemistry and talent showcased in their songs, and an engaged fan base that has helped their name garner positive reception and critical acclaim; as well as press in local magazines and online music review platforms among other forms of recognition.
On the way to making a name for themselves on the midwest music scene, Prime Suspects have been chosen to perform as a supporting/opening act for artist greats such as Tech N9ne, Rittz, Bone Thugz N Harmony, Waka Flocka Flame, E-40, Twista, Yo Gotti, Scarface, and also got booked for 4 years straight to perform during the annual SXSW Music Week in Austin, TX. 
In 2014, the PS Gang entered the studio to record their mixtape "The Lifestyle on Liquor & Louds", which quickly manifested a street buzz.  Next year in 2015, the group returned to the studio to record their debut Album "The Take Off" in September which released on all major streaming services and digital stores.  In J 2017, the group dropped the single "Going Down" (feat. Lil Wyte), which set the bar higher for Prime Suspects and began putting them on the map even more, all while building a large social media presence surrounding their live shows, upcoming music, and the prospect of a promising future that focuses on the group's fans and new music discoverers.  Prime Suspects released their sophomore album, "The Ascent", on November 3rd 2017.
With a busy studio and show schedule heading in to 2018, the PS Gang is planning some more endeavors while their new album solidifies and manifests into their best release to date.  In 2014, the group opened the doors with their indie label Prime Suspects Music Group LLC.  They organized a team and structure to further push their music career and have since partnered with DJ Enyce and Lionheart Ent. Management.
Prime Suspects have a true passion for music, take pride in having a strong work ethic, and consider their fans family.  As the group continues their winning streak and underground buzz, be sure to connect with the PS Gang on all social media platforms and music streaming sites to keep up with new music, shows, announcements, and everything in between.

Band Members