logic marselis is hitting the grill early for the summer this year. this project was put together during the heatwave last week on the east coast. clocking in short at around 13 mins the project is still sure not to disappoint. the length gives it more longevity for more spins. press play, stream and purchase this beat tape here AudioMack or Bandcamp. coming to the gift shop and all streaming platforms soon.
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Baltimore emcee UllNevaNo and Virginia producer Logic Marselis haven't released a project together since their 2013 full length debut "The Protocol". With a highly extensive catalog from the two, they've always managed to continue to wave the MGNTK brand. Years later, they bring to the masses DUSTIN GRIME which is a conceptual album based on a fictional character that brings the rawness that hip hop fans fiend for. Clocking in at 14 tracks, the duo brings the listener into their world where UllNevaNo shows his range from lyrical dexterity to vivid storytelling over Logic's exceptional production. Put your wallabees on -- the DUSTIN GRIME sound quality is straight from the cassette deck.
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When it comes to shifting and growing as an artist, Norfolk, Virginia producer/emcee Illien Rosewell has proven throughout various projects ranging from A DIFFERENT H-ART, SUPREME BEING 2, to now with his latest musical work of art titled A DIFFERENT AGGRESSION. This project shows his dedicated prominent fan base that he can do it all by providing a range of boom bap that pushes forward the current landscape. With the project produced entirely by Unorthadaks, in the grand scheme of things, Illien self consciously informs listeners that he has the "it" factor. Self proclaimed Willie Dynamite, Illien shows his range of style changes on ALL TERRAIN, while making bold statements with lines like "if it ain't about money, I ain't investing it." Not to be mistaken with the popular DMV footwear in the cold seasons, Illien stomps thru Unorthadaks warped hard infused production on ACG, letting his competition know that anybody can get it in the sport of rap music. A DIFFERENT AGGRESSION captures moments that the average listener can appreciate, and if you're a day one fan, you definitely need to add this to your extensive catalog of Rosewell releases.
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It's been 2 years since Virginia natives logic marselis and illien Rosewell released their collaborative effort SUPREME BEING. With a couple of loose end projects respectively under their belts, the producer and emcee duo are back with a 2019 sequel that promises to cater to the Lo-Fi/Boom bap hip hop heads alike. The project kicks off really slick with GAME CHANGER and immediately you know your ears are in for a treat. Rosewell is worldwide known for his production, but in this case he's actually nice with the rhymes, gliding over Logic's signature soundscapes with punchline after punchline that will make the listener twist their face like a they have a toothache. Illien gets a bit personal and touches on how important time is on the horn driven WING SPAN. He's trying to figure out his purpose with music and standout in a world where trolling in today's society is the most strategic way to become successful. His sharp bars hits home with lines like "trolling online, trying to be 6ix9ine, until the read the headlines, that says 6ix9ine, gets time!"
SUPREME BEING 2 is a straight to the point dense arrangement of beats and rhymes, from sample heavy records such as CORRUPT WORLD, and HINDSIGHT. This album serves as further prove that raw hip hop lives in Virginia.
Logic Marselis releases a new EP with Illien Rosewell titled Wally Renaissance that is another visit into the GRITTY boom bap scene in Norfolk, VA. Produced entirely by Roswell, Logic takes duty as the emcee providing conversation from observations of current society. The two prepare to release the full length album GRITTY in the upcoming months. Stream this project below and also on all streaming platforms.
It's something obscure about Logic Marselis sound when it comes to his production, he's unpredictable and it shows with the artists he's worked with such as Illien Rosewell and UllNevaNo. He's provided the soundscapes for fellow Maryland emcee Dot Com Intelligence to bring the masses PROTOCULTURE. PROTOCULTURE is filled with gems and jewels that would make Public Enemy or Lord Jamar proud. At first listen you can tell that Dot Com is a true pupil for hip hop, with motivating joints such as "DCIR" meaning dream, compose, innovate, repeat. Dot flows over Logic's haunting keys and signature drums that deserves countless replay value, telling listeners he brings pain like a child birth breach. On the U.K. emcee Quartz assisted "High Science", you will find the two emcee exchanging bars over a loopy guitar riffs, that sounds like it was scored for a blaxploitation film.
Dot Com's presence is felt throughout PROTOCULTURE with strong stand out hooks and vocal projection, classified in a category for grown up rap music.
Supreme Being will be the rebirth of the music we grew to love .
From the the golden era of Hip Hop. This only the beginning.
I encourage all who still hold a true love for hiphop/boombap culture to rock with Illien and Logic on this epic voyage.
The wave is real.
There’s been a lot of talk on the press lately of rappers returning to the in-producer album. The spirit of collaboration has been replaced with Soundcloud singles. The Ghost of Len Bias, is an EP matching up Baltimore artist UllNevaNo and Baltimore producer Jumbled. With a ton of music under his belt, UllNevaNo is more focused than ever and writing his best raps.
Jumbled reached out to UllNevaNo last year – by sending the beat for “How does he do it?” to show he was serious about building with Neva. UllNevano flows over the bluesy guitar riffs with ease, then the hook comes back reminding you that ‘you’ll never know’ how he does it.
“Shoot your Shot” teams UllNevaNo up with Baltimore artist Ashley Sierra. While Neva encourages you to take a chance, Sierra responds. The track has a playfulness, similar to “Let Me Watch” by Viktor Vaughn.
“Bias vs Jordan” puts 2 great artists (and long-time friends) up against each other, UllNevaNo and Logic Marselis. The track is tied together with cuts from DJ Blaze Daily.
The mini-album slows down the pace with “Five Panel Halo”, an airy sample without drums, followed by “Magnetik”, a rare instrumental on rap album.
This project has a lot of energy – and is reminiscent of the some of the classic rapper/producer albums of 90’s like Gangstarr and Showbiz and AG!
ullnevano locks in with baltimore producer jumbled for the long awaited EP "The Ghost of Len Bias". be on the lookout for the first single "86 Draft" dropping later this week.
When you think of Virginia Hip Hop usually the artists who come to mind are Pusha T, Timbaland, Magoo, Pharrell, and Teddy Riley. But one emcee from Norfolk, Virginia, also known as Shark City, wants to change the dynamic of that and reside on that list as well. His name is Yung D' The Pilot. He's teamed up with Virginia Beach native producer MANHE on a composition of 8 tracks, whom Pilot shares motivational, bar heavy lyrics that compliments MANHE's signature boom bap sound. At first listen, Pilot feels like he has a point to prove amongst the infestation of rappers as MANHE laces a haunting, exhilarating melody on "Recognition". Pilot rhymes passionately, touching on topics such as working a dead end job on top of grinding, and doing shows. He clearly has his foot on their neck. Gliding to the perfect segway of "Hard Work", this record could easily be considered stadium anthem music, making a statement for others on their grind, whatever career of their choosing. Get out and get yours.With guest appearances from Logic Marselis, London Boii, and Illien Rosewell, this EP is granted to give any listener the rewind factor and replay value. PILOT x MANHE is available now via Soundcloud, Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music. Yung D' The Pilot wants to stamp his face on the Mount Rushmore of Hip Hop.
When it comes to North Carolina hip hop, a few artists comes to mind such as Little Brother, Rapsody, Kooley High and King Mez just to name a few. KING jvmes and J.R aim to keep that North Carolina tradition alive with their latest offering "The Outliers." Released through the MGNTK imprint these two artists chef up a delicious appetizer for loyal and new fans alike anticipating their next course. The six track EP features production from Logic Marselis, Illien Rosewell, LexSoDope, and Mars McKinns. The drum heavy boom bap driven "Sams Theme" starts off with a movie clip from the cult classic "Fresh", followed by KING jvmes who weaves through the soundscapes with a polished verse comparing life as a game of chess, weaved in with how he feels at his age feeling stuck while all of his peers have moved on. KING jvmes feels like his dreams have been deferred, but that doesn't stop him from rapping. J.R follows with an intricate rhyme structure and complex multi-schemes closing his verse with "balancing his dreams so they won't become a casualty." "2nd Round of Beer" will make any hip hop purist salivate as LexSoDope flips MF DOOM's "One Beer" beautifully. Both artists effortlessly do the track justice, flexing their lyrical skills as if the productions canvas is Muscle Beach. The two also touch on modern day issues in the world from the current president to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. J.R and KING jvmes are a perfect match with a Red Pill and Verbal Kent vibe. Expect more from these two in the future, but for the time being keep "The Outliers" on repeat for your listening pleasure.
A month after Valentine's Day, Norfolk, Virginia producer/emcee Illien Rosewell has released his forthcoming effort " A Different H-Art". This project is sonically and melodically different from his nostalgic sample based boom bap production that his fans are so familiar with. Rosewell takes listeners on a journey through love, heartbreak, and mixture of emotions that the average person equally male and female can relate to. On "Ain't Like That", you'll find the Norfolk native striving to stay focused on his grind while trying to convince his significant partner that he's not cheating, all in the same time, trying not to fly off the handle when one is seeking attention. It is a perfect segway into the short but sweet "Here We Go Again." All of the production done by Rosewell blends well with his vocals bringing out the emotion and clarity in his voice. Clocking in at 15 tracks, he also brings listeners into his personal life with voicemails that are sprinkled in before and after the songs which adds a extra touch and personality to the project. "A Different Motivation" is a spacey bounce driven keynote track that would make Gary Vee proud, seemingly stating that he's the best out as far as his artistry is concerned. "Queen" feat. Young Money Yawn is seeded with details of Rosewell looking for that special one that can "hold the kingdom down". With the features to just a minimum, Rosewell confidently shows that he can bring true emotion to this tapestry of work handling both production and vocals -- a true musician purist will appreciate "A Different H-Art". If your going through a relationship that's complicated, or even a break-up, this album is definitely for you. "A Different H-Art" is available on all platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Tidal. There is know doubt that this album will be talked about for years to come.
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"With a growing reputation as a turntablist and esteemed scratch-hook artist, Chinch 33 presents his LP "Yuma" via hhv.de. In creating this album, Chinch gathered a circle of carefully selected producers (Dexter, Wun Two, Twit One, Dave Sparkz, MecsTreem, Al'Tarba, Torky Tork and others) and lyrcists (SmooVth, Hus Kingpin, John Robinson, Dillon, Rozewood, Apani B, Shabaam Sahdeeq and others) to bring you his uncompromising and unique narrative vision. "Yuma" extends scratch related Hip Hop with a more sophisticated school of thought and takes you on a progressive trip through everything Hip Hop is, should and will be."
This also features Logic Marselis, Stephen Hicks, and King James.
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"Break out against the robotic and mind-numbing ideas dealt out by society with A Different Mind, the invigorating and highly-anticipated album from Illien Rosewell.
Much like his own journey, this project is a reminder that even if you stand alone, even if you are surrounded by negative or opposing mindsets, trusting in your own journey is strength in itself.
Featuring the inspiring and self-starting tracks “King,” “Different Places,” and “Everythang Different,” the entire album breathes a revitalizing air of substance and conceptualism much needed in hip hop today. Rosewell enters your thoughts as the motivator, with passionate and insightful lyricism representing that inner voice that tells you to keep going.
“I wanted to encourage a self-reliant mentality. No matter where you start, where you’re from, or where you are now, the power inside every individual is the ability to change your mind. The ability to trust your instincts and follow your own true path in life. This [A Different Mind] album is empowering.”
Accentuated with producers Clyde Strokes, Wayne Valentine, Logic Marselis, and Basquiaut Music, Rosewell masterfully twists up the modern day trap hype with an upbeat and visionary cosmic movement. A stratospheric 12 minute long live jam-session with musicians Yogi and JadaPod led to the creation of the “divine intro” and “outro.”
The only features on this album cue in effortlessly from London Boii and Yung D' the Pilot on “Game 5 ( helluva night )” and Mark 4ord on the “Pros Remix;” leaving ample room for Rosewell to display his dominate wordplay, flow, delivery, and expansive storytelling skills. A Different Mind is a captivating celebration of individual strength, in spite of the foul and depressing circumstances pushed through the media today."
Ullnevano And Illien Rosewell have released Confidence Is Everything 2 via Bandcamp. Neva Rhymes Eloquently Over Illien Rosewell's Superior Production Bringing A Champion Hoodie Vibe Right On Time For The Fall/Winter Season.