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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.
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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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.
Baltimore emcee UllNevaNo and Virginia producer Illien Rosewell have been respectfully building up there catalogs with consistent projects such as SHAMMGOD and BEHOLD. The two collaborators are back with there third and final installment for CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING 3. The two artists organically crafted this album In the studio together which makes this piece of work sound like fresh boom bap live instrumentation. Running with the vintage basketball reference which Neva has been known for, "63 in Boston" starts off with a soundbite of Michael Jordan scoring 63 points against the Celtics during his rookie year. At first listen you know something epic is about to happen, weaving thru Illien's signature hard drums and a hook assisted by the producer himself Neva proves his consistency isn't coming to screeching halt anytime soon. Neva displays barbaric madness on the neck snapping "Chain Nets" after he let's wack emcees know that hes the "Humble Bad Guy". Not forgetting his roots that made him the hip hop artist that he is today, Neva pays homage on the soulful "99 Rawkus Logo" with clever lines like "Once the tracks on, I transform to a viscous killer, ghostwriters don't have a leg to stand on like Quentin Miller". CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING 3 is 8 records of well structured hip hop is all we need from this duo, and the chemistry shows throughout the album.
Producers tend to follow trends on what's popular or what's the wave at that moment with the hype of social media and how quickly the internet is moving. Fredericksburg, Virginia producer Logic Marselis still maintains his relevance among others by staying consistent and switching the style up almost to the point of nonrecognition. The latest beat tape LUNAR gives off a VHS vibe that Lo-Fi heads can truly appreciate. LUNAR sets the mood where you can play this while watching a movie with the sound off. Records such as "Goodness" is infested with calm strings and warped basslines. "LOVE" at first listen will register that it could possibly be an ode to his son who you can hear him blurting out the words MGNTK. It's a well thought out gesture from the Virginia native. LUNAR is a project where the mood is very mellow and is very different from his previous work that is hard hitting like SUPER AUDIO WRLD. Sprinkled with inspiring quotable soundbites from Virgil Abloh, this piece of work was created to uplift the listeners and creators who may have lost hope in today's microwave generation of music.
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.