суббота, 22 ноября 2008 г.
From performing as an opening act for Slick Rick to headlining the Hyde Out Productions tour in Japan, Substantial has been making his presence felt as a strong performer in the world of hip-hop. He has proven on many occasions that he has what it takes to win emcee battles. In May of 1999 he won the Ultimate MC Battle tournament held at Rutgers University New Jersey. Substantial has also put his talents to use as an opening act for other recording artists such as Slick Rick, Brand Nubian, Beatnuts, Heltah Skeltah, and Lord Hav Mercy formerly of Flipmode Squad. But his biggest triumph as a performer was his Tour of Japan back in late 2001. Instead of opening for other acts, he was finally blessed with the opportunity to be the potential headliner that he is. Ripping up stages all throughout central and southern Japan.
His beats are up to par and his rap ability is a step beyond most of the mediocre MC's who debut today, which makes the various references to him being the "+Best Kept Secret+ since Diamond D" seem all the more apt.
Looks like the samurai of slang "Substantial " is back after a long stint of getting his ultimate "sacrifice" planned. Having been a long time heavyweight on the independent Hip-Hop scene, he returns with a well calculated and executed release that explains how much of yourself you actually give to your craft in order to be taken seriously. My standout favorites are "Ressurection of the House Party" and "That Damn Good".
We're not certain what this might be the preface to, but we're certain it snaps with Motor City magic from top to bottom. Elzhi steps out from the Slum Village roster for this hot solo joint, teaming up with Black Milk for a nice indie outing. 16 tracks in all, including "The Leak", "Guessing Game", "Motown 25", "Brag Swag", "Colors", "Fire (rmx)" and more..
вторник, 18 ноября 2008 г.
With 9 years of production work under his belt and over 50 releases all over the world, M-Phazes has moved from strength to strength. Landing his first significant release on Supastition's 'Chain Letters' in 2005, M-Phazes has been unstoppable since. His discography reads like a who's who of underground US Hip Hop with his beats being blessed by artists like Pharoahe Monch, CL Smooth, ED OG, Royce Da 59, Elzhi, Freeway, Termanology, Sean Price, Othello, Wordsworth and many more.
M-Phazes has also worked with a host of Australian Hip Hop artists including Urthboy, Phrase,The Herd, Hau (Koolism), NFA, Pegz, Drapht, Spit Syndicate, 13th Son, Trace Elements,
Anecdote and Bliss N Eso in which he was nominated for an ARIA award for his remixing of the entire 'Day Of The Dog' album.
This album sees M-Phazes showcasing his broad range of production skills and with artists from the USA, Canada, UK, France, Australia and New Zealand it will only help further brand his name on a bigger global scale.
Four years after the release of their debut album, Connected, Phonte and Nicolay return with one helluva sophomore opus. The album Leave It All Behind breaks down a lot of barriers and will invigorate your eardrums with some of the most brilliant production and vocal arrangements ever presented in 2008. It's nice to know that there is indeed HEAT like this still being produced in the United States. And if you've never heard of this duo before, pop the CD tray open, press play and put that thing on repeat. Don't worry. You'll never get tired of this here...