This “experimental” hip hop group brings forth a fresh wave of music for your ears. Dallas, Texas made, Sore Losers are a breath of fresh air to the music and entertainment industry. Composed of 6 members, Vince “Encyclopedia” Brown, "K Cooks ", Sir Tim, Jordan Hughes, King Robinson Jr., and Matt "Big Kuntry" Curtis, Sore Losers take the experimental approach towards music, combining hip hop elements with an alternative vibe. Inspired by artists such as The Roots, Nas, MGMT, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D., Metronomy, Foo Fighters and Gnarls Barkley, Sore Losers have created a sound that is different than any other artist, band or group in the world of rap and hip hop.
This acclaimed band has performed at major events such as the 2011 ESPYS Awards Post Celebration, 2011 SXSW Music Festival, 2011 Sundance Film Festival and most recently the 2012 Sundance Film Festival having garnered the attention of industry peers and tastemakers. Sore Losers were announced in the SXSW 2012 first round of bands confirmed to perform at the prestigious SXSW Music Festival as showcasing artists.
In 2009 Sore Losers released their first EP forever changing the Dallas music scene. The Dallas Observer writes:
“The unofficial turning point for Dallas hip-hop came with the late 2009 release of Sore Losers’ Free Loaders” EP”.. Nic Hernandez, Dallas Observer.
The catalyst of a major hip hop movement, Sore Losers “Free Loaders – The Soundtrack” marked the beginning of a renaissance in Dallas hip hop and ushered in a new era of experimental hip hop that valued intellectual creativity over dance crazes." The then duo set out on a course to introduce the nation to the unique sound they created while beginning work on their sophomore project. Sore Losers authentic sound was further enhanced by the incorporation of live music which led then duo to a permanent expansion to a now six piece outfit. In 2011 Sore Losers issued its official response to “Free Loaders” with the release of the “Get A Life” Mixtape. The mixtape futher rooted the band musically in their self created experimental hip hop lane. From there, Sore Losers immediately began work on the We Are Sore Losers EP their first original live music recording as a band. Prior to the release of their first all original live music recording project, GRAMMY.com debuted the exclusive first listen of the We Are Sore Losers EP, the lead single, "Euthanasia” and so began the official countdown to the release of the We Are Sore Losers EP.
In January 2012, Grammy.com and The Grammys YouTube channel exclusively debuted the "Euthanasia" music video. Sore Losers hit the road performing at the Wu-Tang Clan Rebirthed 2012 show and 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In anticipation of the EP release, Dallas Observer featured a full page print and online story detailing the band’s evolution. The highly anticipated We Are Sore Losers EP released shortly thereafter to praises acknowledging Sore Loser’s growth musically:
"This album beautifully marries jazz and hip-hop. This is intellectual hip-hop - lyrically and musically." ...Goodchild.com
The beginning of February 2012 kicked off with the official We Are Sore Losers EP Release Celebration Show. Sore Losers 90 minute performance electrified the standing room only crowd and rivals many of todays’ top touring concerts. The live interactive at times emotional performance best described:
"Sore Losers has obtained a more complex and alternative sound compared to their days as “freeloaders,” but is growing into the development of their new musicality and representing Dallas the best way they know how. Congratulations to them for the exposure from the Grammys and Sundance; the world can finally see a masterpiece." ...Alexandria Byrd, Examiner.com
Prior to heading to SXSW 2012, Sore Losers will perform at the 35 Denton Music Festival representing hip hop alongside Bun B on the main stage, 35 Denton acknowledges Sore Loser as Texas hip hop pioneers:
"On March 10th , Sore Losers will join fellow Texas legends Bun B and Devin the Dude on 35 Denton’s main stage to claim their rightful place as Texan hip hop pioneers”…Ron Johnson, 35denton.com
A united super-force, Sore Losers combination of hot beats combined with live music and undeniable energy, has landed them at a quintessential crossroad of their musical journey…a dreamland place where Rock meets Soul and flirts with Country and marries Hip Hop and gives birth to a music utopia of Alternative Hip Hop.
And so the journey continues…Their journey over the last year was one of perfecting their craft through travels, education and study of various music genres. Sore Losers ever evolving transformation from a group of extremely talented musicians to a band of musical brilliance continues to dominate the way for the Experimental Hip Hop sound they originated.