"Blood of the wicked" Official Music Video
"there's a Reason"
Official Music Video
"Middle Class Life" Official music video
Official Music Video
- Artist Bio -
MENACE•LIVE is a Queens, New York based reggae, pop, rap artist.
Born and raised in Queens, NY, MENACE•LIVE got his start in the music business working as a roadie for Shootyz Groove, which toured with acts such as 311, Fishbone, Matisyahu, Kottonmouth Kings, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Later, MENACE•LIVE would perform on stage alongside some of these same musicians.
Over the years, MENACE•LIVE has opened for legendary ska, rap, and hip-hop artists such as Ice-T, The Toasters, Insane Clown Posse, Slick Rick, Tech N9ne, Asher Roth, The Slackers, Mickey Avalon, D12 and Shootyz Groove. In fact, his first show was opening for the Kansas City rap king Tech N9ne, and the Bronx-based rap rock band Shootyz Groove produced his first demo album.
In 2012, MENACE•LIVE released Too Hip for the Room, his first full-length LP. Too Hip features a guest appearance by the famous New York prank call/comedy act The Jerky Boys. And according to critics, the record "seamlessly flows through genres and subject matter without ever losing direction."
In 2013, the video for "Blood of the Wicked," one of the tracks on Too Hip, was chosen by Snoop Dogg to appear on his top 10 countdown video show "Underground Heat." MENACE•LIVE's "Blood of The Wicked" debuted at No. 9, spent nearly two months on the chart, and eventually rose all the way to No. 1.
In 2014, MENACE•LIVE released a self titled EP. The lead single "Beautiful Day" was promoted by High Times Magazine saying "MENACE•LIVE's Beautiful Day keeps us going on a Monday". To further promote the EP, MENACE•LIVE was booked to perform for 3 shows in Colorado for "420 Weekend" to coincide with the "High Times Cannabis Cup". He was so well received the promoter invited him back for 3 more shows in 2015.
In 2015 MENACE•LIVE released a full length album titled "There's a Reason". Vivian McPeak (director of Seattle Hempfest for 26 years) invited MENACE•LIVE to perform on the
Main Stage at the 2015 "Seattle Hempfest" (the biggest pro-marijuana
event/festival in the world). Vivian said that "Out of 700+ submissions we receive every year for Hempfest, this is the best I've heard in years. Its musical and refreshing, he's positive, original and just plain fun. All of us here at Hempfest will do anything we can to help his career."
2016 saw MENACE•LIVE's skill set and love for audio and music production evolve. On a mission to becoming a fully self sufficient recording artist and songwriter, he built and opened his own recording studio "Too Hip Studios" in Queens NYC. At Too Hip Studios he frequently collaborates with and offers production services to local artists while actively writing his own new material.
In 2017 MENACE•LIVE so far has released three singles "Prove Me Wrong", "Good Fortune" and "Up and Away" in collaboration with established European reggae producer/DJ "Dreadsquad" based out of Poland. "Prove Me Wrong" and "Good Fortune" have already gained some radio traction getting frequent spins on Portland, Oregon'a KBOO 90.7 FM as well as Costa Rica's 107.3 FM as part of their "Reggae Fat Sounds" list.
In 2018 MENACE•LIVE released a remix version of the song "My Persona" in collaboration with established reggae producer DubMatix. The song was featured in Irie Magazine's monthly "Irie Releases". Months later MENACE released the self produced single "On My Own" which again saw Irie Magazine featuring him in their June 2018 issue, sighting the song as an "Irie Release".