Stars aligned one fateful, Brooklyn evening, when UpcomingHipHop.net founder, Matt O, invited Brent Butler (rapper, guitarist) to a Deuce Ellis (rapper, producer) show. Ellis, known for his artistically-eclectic, visually-entrancing, and spiritually-uplifting performances, was in full swing that night and Brent Butler knew immediately that the two were about to establish a pivotal partnership. Over the next few months the artists shared the bill at local shows, festivals, community events, and secret art parties. In late summer, 2015, Deuce traveled to Atlantic City to act in "The Dunning Man," an independent film on which Brent Butler was serving as co-producer and music supervisor. Soon after wrapping the film, Deuce departed on a year-long journey into the pacific islands where he produced, wrote and recorded his upcoming, highly-anticipated album "An Electric Ride." When he returned to mainland it was the movie that brought the two together once again, as Brent was attending the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA. Deuce rerouted a flight initially destined for Los Angeles, landed in San Francisco, and literally went directly from the airport to the movie's world premiere screening. Eager to take advantage of the reunion, Ellis and Butler transformed their Air BnB (shared also at that time with rapper and longtime collaborator, Deascent) into a recording studio. The first fruit of that week-long session is "Dark Cloud" an eerie and provocative recollection of the artists' trials, travels, and triumphs during their time apart, including a car accident Ellis had narrowly survived in Hawaii only a few weeks earlier. The overarching message: stay strong and "never let a dark cloud follow you around."
Today Deuce Ellis is meditating in the mountains of Colorado, preparing for the release of "An Electric Ride." Brent Butler, working on his own solo album with engineer and producer Craig Levy of Little Pioneer Cider House, remains in NYC, where he is continually performing with Deascent and their live band, The Cold Press, named after their conceptual EP released the week Brent and Deuce met in Atlantic City.
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