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ullnevano x logic marselis GOOD VIBES ONLY ft. black assets

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.

"everybody is going to make it this time" (c) george clinton and bernie worrell

Like most adolescent boys, I went through puberty at 13 or 14; however, unlike most of those boys, I did not experience healthy emotional development until now at 24. As long as I can remember, emotions were to be shunned. Better yet, emotion and logic existed in an either/or vacuum. Eventually, I perceived emotions as weak and unbecoming, even unmanly.

I grew emotionally cold. I was selfish, self-centered, furtive, egotistical, insecure, stubborn, and a bevy of unflattering tags. And if I was not throwing a pity party somewhere, I’d walk away from people in a “let you die breathing” fashion. This was my winning defense mechanism.

Au contraire! Recently, I experienced an epiphany of sorts. I decided that I no longer wanted to be void of emotional feeling. First, I grappled with one of my biggest fears, vulnerability. Being in touch with my emotions and going further by conveying those feelings toward people would definitely supply ample opportunity to disappointment. And after being hurt once or twice in my young life, I built up a protective wall of Jericho proportions and called it survival.

In the past weeks, I did a lot of thinking and reevaluating. I noticed many of my issues originate from my earliest years and exacerbated with delay. My parents’ divorce struck a heavy blow to my trust issues. When my parents decided to call it quits, I didn’t suspect one of my parents calling it quits on the little league games, school field trips, and barbershop visits. I was 10. I was devastated and crushed by the abrupt life change. Outside a few 6th grade English papers and counseling, I made no effort in resolving my issues. I preferred hiding behind masks of humor, music, and anything plausible, creating that cliché snowball effect.

My timidness in combating my issues hindered happiness, soured relationships, and blinded me to opportunities. An emotion such as love was weak and unrealistic, even built upon an unhealthy dependence on another person, especially romantic love. And other forms of love were avoided too. Steve Hicks refused to love anybody or anything, even himself. And with the aforementioned epiphany, I decided to put an end to my cold and distant ways and accept that I have emotions and the capacity to love. I wrote letters, sent emails, and left voicemails letting those folks dear to me know how I felt about them in the most descriptive words. I was toppling my bullshit wall of anger, bitterness, and resentment to say, “I love you.” Those words would not be uttered six months ago unless I was zoning to a Minnie Riperton or Billy Paul song. That fear of vulnerability was preventing me from heartbreak but also from the great joys of life.

I reached out to my dad, as well, and told him that I loved him. He replied with a similar sentiment. He flew me out to Indiana for the weekend. Since my parents’ divorce, I talked with my dad on the phone periodically but I hadn’t kicked it with my pops for more than two hours face-to-face since 1996. There were hurt feelings lying below my nonchalant demeanor. I looked at him in the eye and told him the past was gone and I wanted to pursue a strong father-son relationship for the future. That moment, subtly, was a giant step.

This feeling is incredible. Quite refreshing. I don’t want to be that angry guy anymore. And as I told my grandfather on Christmas, I don’t want to become that grumpy old man in my mid-twenties. I want to open myself up to the wonders of life. I’ve learned that fearing vulnerability made me more vulnerable. I confused pessimism with realism and allowed myself to grow negative, but I take full responsibility for my attitude. I want to be happy and grateful. I want a better relationship with my brother. I don’t want to throw any more pity parties. I want to give more of myself to the world. I want to express love openly. I apologize to all of those poor souls who were witnesses to my Angry Black Man tirades.

Two of my historical heroes are W.E.B. DuBois and Malcolm X, not exclusively for their ideologies but for their courage to change. They fiercely fought for their convictions even when their ideas veered from the popular groupthink. I want to evolve like those men. And for those people erudite in American popular culture, I resembled Andrew Largeman in “Garden State” or Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air.” People can change. Growth is one of life’s contradictions. I have no qualms. So if I was boisterous with my anti-love, screw emotion message, I want to be boisterous with my message of love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Thank you for reading. Enjoy these songs:

its alive !!!

man its late...for the 6th night in a row ive been up at 6am trying to get this record together. i hope this thing takes off because a lot of heart and hard work has been put into this album. From the production to the rhymes, the mixing all the way to down the artwork. niggaz have been working hard behind the scenes. The album will be available for purchase in hardcopy form for my ppl that wanna rock in the whip. Also of  course, you will be able  to download it to your MP3 Players, Pocket PCs, iPhones, iPods etc..

If you wanna preview the album you can just go to

There you can hear about 12 streaming tracks from the album.

If you're not convinced by then I don't know what to say about your taste in music...

...really, this is a work of art.

just got off work.

its exactly 5:25 in the morning and i am just now gettin settled in off work.
i guess im about to grab a couple of hours of sleep before king james comes through the lab.
i mean this is the kind of hustle i love bc it feels so good.
i don't think people really understand the love i have for this music...
i can't even tell you a day where i have not listened to atleast an album of music.
i have to be dead in the casket...
bc even in the hospital i am gonna get someone to bring me anMPC
my dad always told me that "can't" is not a word, and i agree but...
i really CAN'T go a day without music, period.
guess i am babbling about nothing so i'm about to hit the shower
then take a quick power nap....

it was all good just a week ago...

i haven't blogged in a minute due to the fact i simply haven't been inspired to blog...
im back at it now.
 last week around this time i got in a lil car accident so now i'm pushing nikes. 
i can't fade gettin the ice creams dirty...i had to box them up for a lil minute.
 im glad im still alive and breathing to be able to politik with my niggaz about what we have in store for the world....
Peoples Logic presents Skull Session.
 its lookin real fresh ... its in the mix down stage and slated to be released in April.
 right now we have about 12 tracks slated to be on the joint 
but you never know what can go down in the 9th inning. 
when its crunch time...thats when a lot of inspiration comes 
(atleast thats what i think) running out of words....ill be back later.

Peoples Logic is looking good...

the lab is pretty much where i'm going to be at for the next 8 months.the life of a musician is gonna be a long road of hardwork but i feel 100% ready.
its about 4:30 in the morning and King James and Lexxx just left the spot.
they have been here since about 10pm along with Tay Black and this new slick spittA named NOVA
(dude is nice with
We laid down a couple of joints tonight and went thru about 20 beats.
it is looking lovely because I feel that everybody is beginning to get on the same page.
I would post up some of the music we did tonight but they are all still very raw with no mix.
As soon as I get some of this mixing done 
(maybe tonight, but i know my girl is prolly heated at me bc shes on the couch sleep)
i'll post up one or two songs of what we have.
**turns on Pete Rock ft. Jim Jones and Max B - We Roll**

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