“The musical diversity on this album is highly impressive. A place where real-life action transcends into thoughts and images, nothing less than existential matters, expertly arranged.”
“8bliss music titillates the soul. A revolutionary style that pushes the boundaries of typical Hip Hop to set a standard of what is destined to greatness. Deep lyrics that float on beats that twitter the eardrum, entice the mind, and calm the heart.”
“I feel like nothing I can say about his album will truly do it justice. Hip-Hop, spoken word, poetry, philosophy, spirituality, life. I'm stricken by the openness and honesty. Auditory artwork.”
Who is Brad "8bliss James?
Starseed, Beatmaker, Video, & Spoken Word Artist. Retired 90's Skateboarder. Father of Autistic son and LGBTQ teen. Metro Detroit born & raised. San Francisco & New York cultivated.
Genres: instrumental downtempo, hip hop, retro electro, beat scene, spoken word, performance poetry
8bliss Artist Collaborations:
Abstract Butta Fingas
* Zypher Unlabel - Los Angeles, CA
Lords of the Underground (90's Platinum)
* Afluent Records - New York, NY
Nemo & Baracudda
* Wu Tang Clan / Killer Bees - Paris, France
Kruze - Underground Cartel
* New Dawn Records - UK
DJ Bless aka: Sutter Kain
* Never So Deep Records, SC
* Metra Records – NYC
Dj eXacto - San Francisco, CA
DJ Kam-r - France
Johnny Bass - Sweden
Adamatic - Hoboken, NJ
Big Lo - Tallahassee, FL
Jemille Ali - Detroit, MI
Sam Be Yourself - Detroit, MI
La Peace - Detroit, MI
Todd Modes - Detroit, MI
Planet Pluto - Detroit, MI
Lordru - Detroit, MI
8bliss Solo Releases:
2020 - "Sol" - Coming Soon!
2020 - "RONA V 2020"
2018 - "One Foot in the Boot"
* More Beats Less Sleep
* Dual Cassette Tape & Digital
2012 - "Beat Basket: 1st Born"
* Limited CD
2009 - “The 8th Element”
* Limited CD
2006 - “A Dragon's Tale”
* Limited CD
2002 - “A Train of Events”
* Omnipresent Records - SF, CA
* 1,000 Retail CDs / TRC Distribution
8bliss Collaboration Discography:
2019 - Song: "Only Tree", Album: "Skunky Bumps", Label: More Beats Less Sleep - Digital
2019 - Instrumental: "5th Demension", Album: "Out of Focus II", Label: More Beats Less Sleep - Digital
2018 - Instrumental: "Inner space", Album: "Out of Focus", Label: More Beats Less Sleep - Digital
2011 - Instrumental: “Summer Snowflake”, Album: “Detroit Hustles Harder Vol.2”, Label: Aptemal (Detroit, MI) - CD
2005 - Song: “80 Percent”, Album: “West Coast Style” by, DJ Kam-r, Label: 123 Music Center Records (France) - CD
2005 - Song: “I wish I could Love you”, Album: “Traveling Music for Flying Night Creatures” by, Johnny Bass , Label: Solid Senders (Sweden) - CD
2005 - Song: “Homeward Bound”, Album: “Man of Many Faces” by, Wayne Folk , Label: Metra Records (New York) - Vinyl 12"
2003 - Song: “Seconds Out”, EP: “Dropzone EP” by, Underground Cartel, Label: New Dawn Records (UK) - Vinyl 12"
8bliss Additional Accolades:
2012 - Remixed “Say Yea” by, Lord Jazz (Lords of the Underground) for Premium Records (Paris, France)
2006 - Became one of the first "Lord Gang" members. Toured Europe with 90's Platinum "Lords of the Underground". Shot & edited a Documentary on the group titled, “Still LOTUG”. Performed and recorded with international artists along the way.
2006 - Placed instrumental "The One" by, 8.bliss on MTV during"Making of the Band", episode "Ms. Ledyard Fair".
2004 - Nominated for UK "UMA" Underground Music Award for “Best Collaboration” for "The Drop Zone EP", 12" Vinyl - New Dawn Records, UK.
2001 - Tied for 1st place at the Oakland, CA Poetry Slam