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Yves Saint, Cristolph, Free, and DJ Candlestick, otherwise known as The Niceguys, have been putting in work. You may have seen them “Toast” back in January, or maybe you’ve been keeping up with Yves’ guest blogging for SLAM Magazine, but that hasn’t stopped the Houston-based foursome from staying busy. With a string of SXSW performances around the corner, The Niceguys have been made the cover feature of leading alternative weekly, Houston Press. The feature, hitting newsstands citywide today, can be read online here: http://www.houstonpress.com/2011-03-10/music/meet-the-niceguys/.

To celebrate the milestone, The Niceguys are now releasing “Ari Gold,” the lead single from their forthcoming project, The James Kelly EP, which will be released for free download this Spring. As the title of the single might suggest, kicking things off is a fiery quote from everybody’s favorite asshole, the song’s namesake Ari Gold from Entourage. “It’s about taking that Ari Gold mentality — not only being an asshole, but embracing it,” explains Free, who also produced the distorted, guitar-heavy track. “It’s about using it to your advantage and not being apologetic for any of it.”

Playing off the verses, which appropriately incorporate plenty of Yves’ now patented, wordplay-heavy brashness, the chorus drives home the song’s key sentiment: “Fuck around and get lost in it/ When I say something right, something’s wrong with it/ What I need to say sorry for?/ I’m an asshole…Ari Gold!” For an added touch, Yves brings out his alter ego, Chevy Lauren, for Caribbean inflected and his Queens, NY-inspired second verse.

Download “Ari Gold” HERE

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Rapper Yves Saint, producers Christolph and Free, and DJ Candlestick, the Houston-based foursome known as The Niceguys, are excited to drop “Somebody,” the Lee Lonn Walker featuring love-themed new single from their debut album, The Show – and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Following the triumphant and celebratory sounds of “Toast,” released with an accompanying video in early January, “Somebody” mellows things out, with a sound reminiscent of the mellow tones of old school soul, complete with understated percussion and reverb heavy instrumentation.

“Love is not a choice. So when you do love, love well,” says Yves, the Queens-born emcee who has spent the last number of years in Houston after meeting the rest of The Niceguys while in school together at the University of Houston. “I wrote the whole song, but the most poignant parts were the bars that I wrote for Lee Lonn to sing: ‘We won’t live if we don’t try/ And love is life, so we won’t die.'”

Fans can also look forward to a video for “Somebody,” to be released later this month.

Download “Somebody” HERE

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The wait is finally over. After a string of singles, a handful of visuals, and live performances alongside the likes of Talib Kweli, Big Sean, Mickey Factz, and more, the time has come for the official release of The Niceguys‘ widely anticipated debut album, The Show. Releasing the album for free, the four man Houston-based group comprised of rapper Yves Saint, producers Cristolph and Free, and DJ Candlestick is also making the album available for sale through digital retailers for fans who would like to support the music.

A group with southern roots and worldly musical sensibilities, The Niceguys first burst onto the national scene with the late 2009 release of The Green Room EP, spawning the popular single and video “Not At All,” and leading a seamless transition into the group’s debut full-length.

The album is a testament to the group’s development. The album that was originally aimed at being a jovial, lighthearted party album saw a metamorphosis during the production that resulted in a multilayered offering, ranging from the celebratory braggadocio of tracks like “Toast,” to the powerful, rock-inflected “Mr. Perfect,” and the word play flipping “Good Shepherd.” On the production side, the album also shows a progression in the group’s sound, as Cristolph and Free deftly mix samples and live instrumentation to give the entire project a cohesive feel.

With The Show dropping today, fans can also look forward to The Niceguys making their New York debut during CMJ 2010 and can look forward to Yves Saint’s musings on the forthcoming New York Knicks’ basketball season as he prepares to kick off his own blog with leading basketball publication SLAM Magazine’s SLAMonline.com.

The Niceguys’ debut album, The Show, is out now  http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-show/id395148098