The Argyle Pimps have a hip hop pedigree dating back to the mid-nineties, when David Northrop (a.k.a. Boney Beezly, at right) and Jamie Nelson (a.k.a. Cockamamie Jamie, left) started participating in local rap cyphers, and even before that with Jamie break dancing in front of the local Toys ‘R’ Us as a kid in 1984. This led to their involvement in central Californian hip hop crew Neighborhood Watch (2003-2005), “an underground […] straight forward boom bap rap group. The Argyle sound is based in Big Band Jazz and Lounge. Basically the A.P.’s is a very specific sound and style; it’s a project that flows out of who Jamie and [Boney] are specifically.” (from Band of the Week: Argyle Pimps by Mike Oz, onFresnoBeehive.com, April 2006)
This offshoot project, which was destined to become The Argyle Pimps as they are today, started with Jamie and Boney joining forces on the song “Argyle Pimpin’”, which takes shots at image-based rap acts in a simultaneously self-deprecating manner. The Argyle Pimps were officially born as a duo in 2005. Since then, they have worked closely with DJ and beat maker EngLebuRt, whose “golden oldies”-based sampling emphasizes the older-than-old school sensibility of The A.P.s.
Having independently released their first album Invisible Jet-Ski’s in 2007, the Pimps enjoyed popular acclaim in indie hip hop circles, locally in California, and internationally via the web. They have made appearances on various podcasts, including that of MTV VJ Adam Curry, and their music video for Geezers has been shown on Australia’s Rage music TV program and was featured on the front page of popular humor site eBaum’s World. They have the moral backing of underground hip hop heavyweights such as Ugly Duckling, Pigeon John, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest).
In more recent times, Jamie and Boney have been working with EngLebuRt on material for a new album as well as individual side projects, which have included some acting, stand-up comedy and lecturing as well as hip hop music.
With its wit, humor and cultural awareness, and lyrical content closer to the experience of the general population than that of many of their contemporaries, The Argyle Pimps’ music has a wide appeal, which encompasses and reaches beyond regular listeners of hip hop.