Rosewood 2055 is one of Grand Rapids most aspiring rap groups in the scene right now. Rosewood 2055 formerly “The Action Figures” consists of emcees Marq Beyond and Kysean Bell. They’ve toured Europe, racked up tens of thousands of views and released a series of original music videos. They’re a staple and icon in the Grand Rapids music scene and gaining attention from across the globe. In addition, nearly every track they drop is picked up by a blog. If they’re not on your radar then you need to rethink how effective your musical radar is.
On July 17th, 2015 they released the visuals to their song “Black Chrome.” This track is off their “HEY! EP” with features from Statik Selektah and Guilty Simpson [link at the bottom]. The “HEY! EP” has 11 tracks and has clocked in over 78,000 plays on Soundcloud. Rosewood 2055 has been gaining momentum and making hits, so its only a matter of time before they’re a common name. Once again the visuals were shot by none other than Andy Miller of Orange Cap Pictures with production from Mozaic. Andy Miller has definitely locked himself down has Grand Rapids go-to music video director. This video is shot in black and white in an abandoned building on the westside of Grand Rapids. They chose the perfect environment to represent the mentality of “Black Chrome.” Andy Miller (director) plays with scenes with multiple clones of both Marq Beyond and Kysean Bell which prevents the eye from ever being bored.
One of my favorite parts of Rosewood 2055 is the perfectly executed flow swaps that I feel like current hip hop is missing. Marq Beyond’s tough an deep voice contemplates Kysean’s energetic flows. It’s reminiscent of early 90’s style with that new school style. There is no debate that this genuine hip hop. I recently saw Rosewood headline at one of the most legendary Death House shows in previous weeks. The Death House was filled to the brim talent from across the state. Rosewood shared the stage with The Seventh, Waldo, Shabazz, Supakaine, and Slum Village. The vibes and energy at their most recent concert was truly an experience to share. It was great to see up and coming Detroit rockstar Supakaine to perform in Grand Rapids. In addition, it was historical to be able to see Detroit’s very own Slum Village in such an intimate venue. I’d like to give a big shout to Rosewood 2055 for bringing Slim Village to the 616!
In conclusion, Rosewood 2055 had better be added to your que or artists to follow, otherwise you’re missing out.
Cop the “HEY! EP” here: http://www.audiomack.com/album/rosewood2055/hey-ep-1