Something a little different from today’s sound in music. Behold is a Lo-Fi experiment with tomorrow’s music elements rewired. The sounds and vocals are processed through various VHS players, cassette filters, and the SP-303 for retro warmth . Production by MANHE, Artisan, and Illien Rosewell.
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Baltimore emcee UllNevaNo and Norfolk, Virginia producer MANHE have released consistent bangers of raw hip hop for purists that truly respects the craft and artform. The duo brings to the masses "SHAMMGOD" a metaphor stating that Neva is nice with the rhymes ,and treats his lyrics similar to God Shammgod's handles by keeping the ball on a string surpassing so many defenders who attempted to guard him. "Check Me Out," is Neva's cover letter for this album. MANHE captures classic nostalgic boom bap vibes as the Baltimore emcee effortlessly boasts how nice he is with the raps. "Fight Klub Pool Table" which has been getting plenty burn on Rap is Outta Control Sirius XM, finds Neva paying homage to the vintage battle league, and showing that he can bring that same energy to the airwaves as a Funk Flex freestyle. "Time Wasted" finds the intricate emcee getting more personal and expanding his versatility touching on topics ranging from the struggles of a local rapper to exposing faults in a love interest relationship. 'SHAMMGOD' is an album filled with layers that has to be decoded after a few listens, and shows drastic growth from the Baltimore emcee.
When it comes down to raw authentic boom bap hip hop, in the Baltimore producer community, there's only a few that's trustworthy of carrying the torch. Da God Knowledge, is the latest producer that has been added to the MGNTK collective and is bringing new listeners with his first offering titled "Sounds of Upton". The BMORE native is painting a picture of soundscapes that grants listeners the privilege of taking a journey through west side Baltimore. Sounds of Upton is a collective of beats, b-sides, and rare remixes that Knowledge has been sitting on for years, and finally the time was right to unearth these gems that can potentially be considered classic works. With a catalog of instrumentals that would make any purists drool, Da God Knowledge has plans on releasing an arsenal of work in the very near future.
When Fredericksburg, VA producer Logic Marselis isn't doing work with emcee UllNevaNo, he's constantly knocking out instrumental albums, and his discography says a lot. Logic drops tapes at random without telling anybody because he's all about creating dope music for the masses. Being that Madlib is one of his biggest influences, his work ethic and focus is incomparable when releasing music. Logic has released a instrumental project entitled "Cheesesteak Eggrolls" which is a very popular carry out item in Baltimore, MD. From visiting Baltimore on countless occasions, he's fascinated with how raw and authentic the city is, not to mention his favorite show is The Wire. One of the stand out instrumentals on the tape is the bass line driven "North Ave" which takes listeners on a ride on one of the most famous streets in Baltimore. Logic also takes you in for some cheesesteak eggrolls with hard drums on "Jerry's" which sounds like the equivalent of a 70's game show intro. That's where the idea of this beat tape came about, just from eating at Jerry's. On "E Cold Spring Lane", Logic asks UllNevaNo for some assistance, which is the only track with vocals on the entire project. Neva tells a very descriptive story on what goes down in a sneaker lineup when trying to purchase the latest pair of Jordan's by starting out the song with "hopped out the taxi/wearing taxi's". Each track title is a reference to the culture of Baltimore, so when you listen to it, think of it an ode to the city of a Baltimore from Logic's eyes.