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Cookbook & Uno Mas

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Best friends since the age of 13, Cookbook and Uno Mas started making music shortly after graduating high school. As students at Santa Monica College, you would have often found them passing time in the lunch area with other aspiring emcees, freestyling between classes, or skipping them all together to go to the local record shops. Highly influenced by the production styles of Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, it was a given that their first piece of equipment was the legendary SP1200 sampler/drum machine. “We were young and excited back then. All we did was go to school and buy records… and sometimes work. I’m not sure how many records we’ve collected, but it’s somewhere in the thousands,” says CookBook.

Combining both of their resources, they quickly built an extensive garage studio. “We had all this equipment and we always wanted to help our friends, so we had a lot of people coming and going,” says CookBook. Their home production studio would eventually help produce some of the early works of Pigeon John, Flynn, Log Cabin (which included young high school up and comers Murs, Eligh and Scarub of the Living Legends) and eventually L.A. Symphony.

In 1997 Cook and UNO helped form the legendary L.A. Symphony collective, which released their first full-length album “Composition no.1” in 1998. The album is considered a bonafide underground classic in many circles. Since then L.A.Symphony has gone on to record and release three more highly acclaimed full-length albums, three EP’s and numerous pieces of vinyl. “We’re definitely proud of what our crew has accomplished, and the doors it has opened for us as individual artists,” UNO says.

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