Everyone has a story, but it's the way you present that story to the masses is what makes it solid and memorable. Norfolk, Virginia native Yung D' The Pilot has teamed up with producer Logic Marselis who is no stranger to the local music scene as well. With both having catalogs floating all over the net, Pilot shares his unique story to the world with their collaborative effort SKYWALKING. Logic Marselis sneakily slides in a soul sample on the motivational "7100" where Pilot reps where hes from, and in the same breath celebrating his winnings and come ups, all while striving to get money off the radar. Goons and backpackers alike have no choice but to relate to the vibe of the album with cuts like FRESH BAKED that's raw and sounds like a cloud of smoke in the car on the way to make a play. QUESTION EVERYTHING finds the Norfolk native emcee questioning everything from his past vices to his peers not acknowledging his grind and work ethic. Pilot is not new to music with countless buzz growing heavy on streaming platforms. His SKYWALKING soundscapes is promising to reach to an upper echelon.
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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 living our everyday life, positive energy is the key ingredient to get through your day. In the midst of what's happening in the world, whether it's the crime infested news or negative content being posted on social media, the Baltimore and Virginia duo UllNevaNo and Logic Marselis are on a mission to block the nonsense out with "Good Vibes Only". Not only is this a soulful feel good record, it also displays producer Logic Marselis rhyme talents where he spits clever lines like "not trying to go back and forth like suicides". The record is assisted by the strong harmonizing vocals of Baltimore's own Black Assets, who breathes life into the song that leaves you with peace and prosperity. GOOD VIBES ONLY showcases Neva's range and diversity, displaying he can still rap very well while giving a positive message.
The crazy amount of work UllNevaNo and Logic Marselis has always been inspiring and appreciated, with DUSTIN GRIME dropping just around the corner in a few weeks, the acclaimed emcee/producer duo are back with another release titled "Off-White". Similar to Supreme Accessories, UllNevaNo infuses coveted street wear pieces with hip hop, paying homage to the ever so popular Virgil Abloh blending the dust with the luxurious. Neva tramples over Logic Marselis soulful dynamic soundscape that sounds like someone belongs in a straight jacket. Making a bold statement, this is just a prelude to the wordsmiths rhyme display for DUSTIN GRIME.
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.
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.
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.
This past week Logic Marselis was on TrueOGSeries Podcast. On this episode, Logic speaks on his new project, "Super Audio WORLD", his journey becoming a Hip Hop producer, and the historical impact of the Mos Def & Talib Kweli classic album "Black Star" plus much more.
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.
London Boii drops off a new video to "9MM" , the lead track off of his latest album LAWYER FEE$. Shot by PFCC Films, this video beautifully displays life in Norfolk, VA with London Boii. Check out the full album now on Soundcloud below.
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!
check out this new wave from london boii produced by logic marselis. this is for those out there in the struggle thinking that they its no way out of what they are going through. its always going to be problems and everybody goes through them. its only up to you to come up with a solution. make it happen.