Ray “Cold Cash” Alexander III, Mario “Skeez” Burney and Blaine “Kid K-Zoo” Burnett began their musical careers in their hometown of Kalamazoo, MI. As high school students in 2004 they formed a group called “Triple Threat” and began performing at local shows, while also producing their own demos. In 2007 they decided to change their group name to “Prime Suspects” because it more appropriately fit their style and image. That same year they released their first album “Til Death Do Us Apart.” Shortly after, they added a fourth member Brandon “Sino” Slaughter who brought his own sound and style to the group.
Prime Suspects have opened for many artists throughout the Midwest such as E-40, Bone Thugz N Harmony, Yo Gotti, Twista, Rittz, Nappy Roots, Lil Wyte, and many others. In 2014 the group members founded Prime Suspects Music Group LLC and their first project from the new Independent Label was the mixtape “The Lifestyle on Liquor & Louds.”
Prime Suspects dropped their new album “The Take Off”, on September 4th, 2015. Even if you’re hopelessly alienated from American rap and hip-hop, Prime Suspects is extremely hard to resist if there is a musical bone in your body. “The Take Off” sums up the qualities that make these guys irresistible: smart sampling, superb vocal hooks, maturity, sagacious rapping and finely attuned ears for infectious beats and rhythms. The lead single “We Gon Make It (ft. Charlee),” sums up all these qualities in just 4 minutes.
What makes these whopping 20 tracks so good is that Prime Suspects is not deliberately looking for crossover acceptance; rather they are demonstrating how they can excel at it completely natural way. One moment they’re going hard and aggressive on “I’m a Suspect” and then on the very next track they’re hoppin’ and poppin’ on “By Any Means,” or riding on Top 40 type melodies, like “Understand Me” and “Do It”.
Prime Suspects remain incredibly consistent throughout this album with their energetic flows, colorful rhymes and absolute ear-candy style. Overall, “The Take Off” is a stellar combination of solid music production and raw talent. Apart from the aforementioned tracks, other catchy standouts include: “Pedal to the Floor”, “Switcharoo ( ft. Icelude)”, “Witcho Lyin Ass ( ft. Goodie Boy Flood)”, “Hold You Down ( ft. Charlee)”, “Our Time (ft. Chance Breezy)” and “Platinum & Gold”. In between though, there are still plenty more meaty tracks to chew on, as Prime Suspects deliver a variety of rapping goodness!
Execution is the key to the success on “The Take Off”, as each member of Prime Suspects brings his own personal experience and bag of tricks to the table. The total sum, results in a concept, sound, creativity, craft and vision that is way above the underground norm. Fellow rappers take note, because at this very moment Prime Suspects is at the top of the class!