Terrace Martin and Ropeadope Announce Strategic Collaboration, Sounds of Crenshaw Records

Following his Grammy performance with Kendrick Lamar, Grammy winner Terrace Martin announces Velvet Portraits , The first Album on Martin’s New Label, Sounds of Crenshaw Records, in association with Ropeadope.


** Los Angeles, CA - Critically acclaimed producer and musician Terrace Martin announces Sounds of Crenshaw (SOC), a new label based in Los Angeles and connected to the Ropeadope family of labels. SOC Records reflects the history and energy of the Crenshaw District through the eyes of Martin. The label will take ALL of Martin’s influences and present a full reflection of a vibrant but sometimes overlooked LA scene.


“The Sound of Crenshaw is like a gumbo - it’s Crenshaw Blvd, it’s Maverick Flats - the Apollo of the West coast - with all the classics from R&B, Funk and Soul to Hip-Hop and Gangsta Rap. This was the whole scene of my generation, and the Sound Of Crenshaw is in everything I touch, from Kendrick to Herbie. So with SOC I’m gonna bring it all back and give y’all the whole package: 100% the Sound of Crenshaw” Martin expresses.


While working extensively as a producer, writer and musician on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy nominated To Pimp A Butterfly and juggling multiple projects (YG, 9th Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg), Terrace Martin has been carefully producing and recording his next solo album. VELVET PORTRAITS is scheduled for release on April 1, 2016 as the lead project on Sounds of Crenshaw. The first single “Valdez off Crenshaw” will be premiered on Beats 1 by Zane Lowe, and the album will be available for pre-order exclusively on Apple Music in the lead up to its release.


With an already amazing core band of Terrace Martin on sax, Curly Martin on drums, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight on Keys, Velvet Portraits also features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Thundercat and many more. Recorded in Omaha Nebraska and Los Angeles, Velvet Portraits portrays the evolution of Martin as a player, producer, and a musician with a deep sense of history.


Ropeadope is an independent record label known for unique recordings that cross genres. Founded in 1999, the label has released over 200 recordings, with historically progressive albums from an impressive roster of artists including King Britt, ?uestlove, Col. Bruce Hampton, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Christian Scott. Ropeadope has been at the forefront of the new music business, tailoring a new model of artist support and unique social media strategies. Ropeadope is a hub for artist driven independent label imprints Mashibeats, RSVP Records, Jellowstone Records, Tribo Records, FNBeats Galore, Atlanta Records, Artists First Records, Onde Music, and Ropeadope Sur.


“We are forging ahead with a distributed collaborative network of labels and empowered artists that are fully in control of their craft and their business. Terrace Martin is at the center of the explosive LA music scene, navigating the intersection of multiple genres and reinventing the role of tastemaker to inform new generations of the roots and history of music, while creating entirely new sounds. Sounds of Crenshaw will be a groundbreaking model for musicians and community alike.’ - Louis Marks, Ropeadope