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.
The humble, consistent, low key producer, Logic Marselis of the MGNTK collective drops yet another masterful piece of work that can merge hip hop heads and gamers alike. Super Audio WORLD 2, draws inspiration from the SNES classic console. Logic takes listeners on a journey with each record as if your trying to accomplish a 16 bit game level which fits the soundscape perfectly. The project is respectfully introduced with "Donut Ghost House" that's filled with over laying ghostly haunting vocals meshing with Logic's signature drums and dropouts, which is quite essential in beat culture nowadays. The raw but ever so bright "Yoshi's Island" is accompanied by subtle horns and chopped high pitch keys. At first listen it's like your going through a kaleidoscope type level from the beginning to the conclusion of the record. The standout instrumental is "Star World" which sounds like it was made for a gamer with it's hard drums and its glitch effect keys that would make the perfect sound canvas for a bonus level. Clocking in at 10 tracks each record is referenced to the names of each level of the early 90's video game classic with names such as "Donut Plains" or "Sunken Ghost Ship". Super Audio WORLD 2 brings back a sense of nostalgia that the listener can actually enjoy.
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.
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.
New Video From Ullnevano From His Joint Project With Jumbled. Check Out The Video Above And Also Check Out The Full Album On Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify.
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.