Cool Nutz - Incredible

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It's strange to say it in the midst of an 18-year career, but Incredible is a nice introduction to many, to the emcee from the Nike state. Cool Nutz' best songs are vivid tales that deliver rock-solid honesty and introspective lyricism and showcase his i

In the this day and age of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, undeground artists no longer have to depend solely on college radio and other traditional outlets in order to get their music heard by fans eager to heard something different. Nevertheless, it is imperative that they have larger-than-life personalities and consistently bring original ideas to the table in order to stand out amongst the multitude of up-and-comers. Enter Terrence Scott a/k/a Cool Nutz, the Portland-based rapper and Jus Family affiliate who has steadily repped the pacific northwest to the fullest since 1992.


Widely regarded as "Oregon's best kept secret," Nutz is on a quest to bring northwest Hip Hop to the forefront and ultimately bring much-needed exposure to a region brimming with local talent. Armed with an undeniably charming persona, Scott peppers his latest LP, Incredible, with incredibly detailed stories and unwavering honesty, from overcoming the negative ills of society to wrestling with his own personal demons in order to reach a heightened state of conscious creativity. On the majority of the album, the Portland mic-wrecker admirably merges his magnetic persona with the honesty of his message and musical talents, giving more established vocalists a run for their money in the storytelling department. Take "Blacktop", for instance. Over a catchy beat, Cool joyfully expresses the benefits of having a both an optimistic outlook on life and ambition that knows no bounds. As he deftly states, "Thank you for asking, a nigga doing great." Another dope track, "Crime Wave," find Nutz exposing the ins and outs of the drug game, especially its startling effect on the poor black youth. The aforementioned song works well due to the artist's innate ability to be lyrically illuminating without sounding overly preachy or naive. Last but not least, "Darkness" is a touching and sincere track that finds the veteran waxing poetic about life's tragedies and the importance of dissolving negative thoughts in the mind before dealing with them in the real world.

The only time the enjoyment of the full-length wavers is when Cool focuses specifically on battling wack rappers who falsify their backgrounds and not living the life they adamantly discuss on wax. Although this ubiquitous topic showcases Scott's vocal abilities a bit more than what his story-focused rhymes delivers, the need to show skills for the sake of showing off seems a bit unnecessary at this point. For example, on "Everyway," Nutz takes the low road and aims his ferocious chops at "impostors" who claim to be real emcees but rarely does he add anything that we haven't heard countless times before. Another faux pas is "Gone Crazy," where Nutz goes on a verbal rampage and calls out famous celebrities like Shaquille O'Neal, Nas and Jay-Z, but the result does little to capture the brilliant revelry and playful brilliance of 50 Cent's "How to Rob", released back in '99. Furthermore, on "Incredible", he furthers the tired argument by explaining why his life is much more real than those who fake the funk could ever imagine. This is all well and good if we weren't reminded of the Portland emcee's knack for weaving tales that are honest and entertaining and doesn't waste time trying to convince the listener the intrinsic value of his lyrical efforts.

It's strange to say it in the midst of an 18-year career, but Incredible is a nice introduction to many, to the emcee from the Nike state. Cool Nutz' best songs are vivid tales that deliver rock-solid honesty and introspective lyricism and showcase his infectious charisma on the microphone. However, when Scott does decide to explore his more crazy side, especially when discussing fellow rappers who are not true to the game, Nutz sounds less convincing and not quite as brilliant as his storytelling persona. When it's all said and done, Portland should be very proud to have Cool Nutz as a pillar of lyrical representation, and those wanting to know what's good in the upper-left corner ought to listen.

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  • THE REAL#1STAN

    what a fuckin pile of shit its lukcy its gettin 1 X

    • fossie

      You damn asshole !!!!!FUCK YOU AND GET OF THIS SITE SSTTTAAANNN!!!

    • Cool Nutz

      Thanks for that love fam. Hopefully you actually took sometime out to listen to the album and get a dose of some of this good NW game. Even though this is my album, I feel that in today's world of hip-hop we put our best foot forward on this one, and this product stands up to the test. Make sure that you check out more music at www.jusfamilyrecords.com.

  • KappaDanny

    The album is solid, great visuals, real talk. Better than half the garbage that is coming out right now. I recommend getting the album.

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  • bigdave55

    UGGGH THIS ALBUM IS THAT BOMB SHIT !!!!! i never even listened to Cool Nutz before , i heard of him but just never peeped his music . this is dope as hell Underground hip hop from a westcoast emcee

  • BluntedDaily

    Cool Nutz, I'm in Beaverton fam, let's get a blunt going and bump the new record!

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  • Ionka

    Leaving this comment with much love and respect for Cool Nutz! I grew up with thugs and G's to his words. He's my favorite rapper. Through out the years his positive consistency mixed with has kept the NW Hip Hop community motivated & relevant and NOBODY holds higher rank in the game than him! His voice distinctive and message straight up! My favorite....Tellin'!

  • box

    all i know if nas said how real he was muthafuccas would applaud it all day and if he called out others,yet when a real one like cool does it,it's tired? yeah ok yell

  • Risky Star

    King Cool Nutz Always holds it down! love the new album Big homie, This is Real Music! One

  • WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZ

    nigga name cool nutz? fuck outta here, lick nutz. ima refuse to listen to a artist with the name cool nutz. niggaz iz nutz yo.

  • Juan Soprano

    I am very burned out on most of the garbage I hear in music these days This Cool Nutz album is the best out in my opinion. I like the lyrics this album is very much worth the money so support that!!!!!!!!!

  • i likes

    Great overall album.

    • Cool Nutz

      Thanks for love and support. I appreciate that. I glad you took the time out to listen to it. Make sure you continue to check us out. More hot music, and tour dates to come. Thanks again.

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  • therealDuBBleOO

    Cool Nutz "incredible" is a refreshing mix of hip Hop that does not come often in todays game filled with saturated fakes. Nutz comes with an honest approach to hip hop that has to be rewarded.The struggles of the Nw streets have never been nice and this is portrayed enter- (Darkness) in which every word is true hood legend and anyone from portland knows this truth in every line. The track Darkness is the start of 4 str8 hitters including a lyrical assault with the very next track (baseball numbers) in which Nutz cleverly puts it "field general i lead dont follow there's beef in my voice while your words ring hollow" and another track- (shinin) in which every line is filled with "tOnKa" talk that will keep you intrigued eager to hear the next line . (Love iz) brings the sweet barz of love to play. In an industry obsessed with masculine it is nice to hear (love iz) which brings you to a lighter more happy place in hip hop reminiscent of legendary rappers that can toil on both sides of the lyrical spectrum. Nutz is definitely the trend setter portland has always needed. Incredible is a str8 forward approach that will have u hungry for more hood knowledge and credible bars. Cool Nutz's style is his own and thats what makes him shine so bright on this album. Definitely a classic hip hop album for those that seek substance. Incredible

    • Cool Nutz

      @Batman Ends Actually it's not my manager. I actually manage myself and handle pretty much all of the business here at Jus Family. It's funny if someone says something good about you, then that was a plant. But I'm sure you aren't really much worried about someone getting on here saying something bad about the album. But I guess that's what we gotta deal with in hip-hop. If you get a chance, maybe take sometime out to check out the album and support some quality hip-hop. You never know, you actually might like it. @Dubble OO Thanks for for the love fam, I appreciate that greatly. Glad that you liked the album and took time to write something about it.

    • Batman Ends

      PLANT! COOL NUTZ MANAGER NEEDS TO STFU

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  • Big Tuff

    I bought this album on the 15th from the music store and I gotta say that this is some of the truest hip-hop that I have heard in a long time. There were no gimmicks to it, and it was refreshing to simply hear some good rhymes and beats. The producer Terminill did a great job of creating a musical foundation for Cool Nutz to build on. Love Iz with Bosko is my favorite, and it was right on time considering I just heard Bosko on the Big Boi song Shutterbug. I was very impressed with the town pride Cool Nutz displayed on Monster Up, and the more introspective Darkness and Afforded. I have to give love to Cool Nutz for putting out a REAL hip-hop album that wasn't diluted with gimmicks. I would say get out and support the guy on this one.

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  • Just a man

    Cool Nutz, Incredible is honestly and incredible album, I thouroughly enjoyed it and I would recomend you check it out. The delivery was on point, it is one of the better albums this year. With that said it didn't beat alot of the music that's competing with it. It's fallen to the bottom of my playlists and it hasn't recieved the listening it deserves from me. I thoroughly enjoyed Mama... This album dosen't have to be listened back to back to be enjoyed, so it's a great listen in my opinion. Beats - 3/5 Lyrics - 4/5 Creativity - 3/5 Overall - 3/5

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  • Ramon Hamlin

    Incredible was a great addition to my CD collection,and Cool Nutz has been doing a great job of repping the NW. I think this album is a great demonstration of his growth and versatility. I think from listening to "Gone Crazy" that that song was a joke and he was poking fun and today's MC's that are coming up and use hip-hop the wrong way.