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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.
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!
ullnevano locks in with baltimore producer jumbled for the long awaited EP "The Ghost of Len Bias". be on the lookout for the first single "86 Draft" dropping later this week.
When you think of Virginia Hip Hop usually the artists who come to mind are Pusha T, Timbaland, Magoo, Pharrell, and Teddy Riley. But one emcee from Norfolk, Virginia, also known as Shark City, wants to change the dynamic of that and reside on that list as well. His name is Yung D' The Pilot. He's teamed up with Virginia Beach native producer MANHE on a composition of 8 tracks, whom Pilot shares motivational, bar heavy lyrics that compliments MANHE's signature boom bap sound. At first listen, Pilot feels like he has a point to prove amongst the infestation of rappers as MANHE laces a haunting, exhilarating melody on "Recognition". Pilot rhymes passionately, touching on topics such as working a dead end job on top of grinding, and doing shows. He clearly has his foot on their neck. Gliding to the perfect segway of "Hard Work", this record could easily be considered stadium anthem music, making a statement for others on their grind, whatever career of their choosing. Get out and get yours.With guest appearances from Logic Marselis, London Boii, and Illien Rosewell, this EP is granted to give any listener the rewind factor and replay value. PILOT x MANHE is available now via Soundcloud, Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music. Yung D' The Pilot wants to stamp his face on the Mount Rushmore of Hip Hop.
When it comes to North Carolina hip hop, a few artists comes to mind such as Little Brother, Rapsody, Kooley High and King Mez just to name a few. KING jvmes and J.R aim to keep that North Carolina tradition alive with their latest offering "The Outliers." Released through the MGNTK imprint these two artists chef up a delicious appetizer for loyal and new fans alike anticipating their next course. The six track EP features production from Logic Marselis, Illien Rosewell, LexSoDope, and Mars McKinns. The drum heavy boom bap driven "Sams Theme" starts off with a movie clip from the cult classic "Fresh", followed by KING jvmes who weaves through the soundscapes with a polished verse comparing life as a game of chess, weaved in with how he feels at his age feeling stuck while all of his peers have moved on. KING jvmes feels like his dreams have been deferred, but that doesn't stop him from rapping. J.R follows with an intricate rhyme structure and complex multi-schemes closing his verse with "balancing his dreams so they won't become a casualty." "2nd Round of Beer" will make any hip hop purist salivate as LexSoDope flips MF DOOM's "One Beer" beautifully. Both artists effortlessly do the track justice, flexing their lyrical skills as if the productions canvas is Muscle Beach. The two also touch on modern day issues in the world from the current president to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. J.R and KING jvmes are a perfect match with a Red Pill and Verbal Kent vibe. Expect more from these two in the future, but for the time being keep "The Outliers" on repeat for your listening pleasure.
A month after Valentine's Day, Norfolk, Virginia producer/emcee Illien Rosewell has released his forthcoming effort " A Different H-Art". This project is sonically and melodically different from his nostalgic sample based boom bap production that his fans are so familiar with. Rosewell takes listeners on a journey through love, heartbreak, and mixture of emotions that the average person equally male and female can relate to. On "Ain't Like That", you'll find the Norfolk native striving to stay focused on his grind while trying to convince his significant partner that he's not cheating, all in the same time, trying not to fly off the handle when one is seeking attention. It is a perfect segway into the short but sweet "Here We Go Again." All of the production done by Rosewell blends well with his vocals bringing out the emotion and clarity in his voice. Clocking in at 15 tracks, he also brings listeners into his personal life with voicemails that are sprinkled in before and after the songs which adds a extra touch and personality to the project. "A Different Motivation" is a spacey bounce driven keynote track that would make Gary Vee proud, seemingly stating that he's the best out as far as his artistry is concerned. "Queen" feat. Young Money Yawn is seeded with details of Rosewell looking for that special one that can "hold the kingdom down". With the features to just a minimum, Rosewell confidently shows that he can bring true emotion to this tapestry of work handling both production and vocals -- a true musician purist will appreciate "A Different H-Art". If your going through a relationship that's complicated, or even a break-up, this album is definitely for you. "A Different H-Art" is available on all platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Tidal. There is know doubt that this album will be talked about for years to come.
Visit Different Color Sounds for more of Rosewell's music.
"With a growing reputation as a turntablist and esteemed scratch-hook artist, Chinch 33 presents his LP "Yuma" via hhv.de. In creating this album, Chinch gathered a circle of carefully selected producers (Dexter, Wun Two, Twit One, Dave Sparkz, MecsTreem, Al'Tarba, Torky Tork and others) and lyrcists (SmooVth, Hus Kingpin, John Robinson, Dillon, Rozewood, Apani B, Shabaam Sahdeeq and others) to bring you his uncompromising and unique narrative vision. "Yuma" extends scratch related Hip Hop with a more sophisticated school of thought and takes you on a progressive trip through everything Hip Hop is, should and will be."
This also features Logic Marselis, Stephen Hicks, and King James.
Purchase this album on vinyl at HHV.DE
"Break out against the robotic and mind-numbing ideas dealt out by society with A Different Mind, the invigorating and highly-anticipated album from Illien Rosewell.
Much like his own journey, this project is a reminder that even if you stand alone, even if you are surrounded by negative or opposing mindsets, trusting in your own journey is strength in itself.
Featuring the inspiring and self-starting tracks “King,” “Different Places,” and “Everythang Different,” the entire album breathes a revitalizing air of substance and conceptualism much needed in hip hop today. Rosewell enters your thoughts as the motivator, with passionate and insightful lyricism representing that inner voice that tells you to keep going.
“I wanted to encourage a self-reliant mentality. No matter where you start, where you’re from, or where you are now, the power inside every individual is the ability to change your mind. The ability to trust your instincts and follow your own true path in life. This [A Different Mind] album is empowering.”
Accentuated with producers Clyde Strokes, Wayne Valentine, Logic Marselis, and Basquiaut Music, Rosewell masterfully twists up the modern day trap hype with an upbeat and visionary cosmic movement. A stratospheric 12 minute long live jam-session with musicians Yogi and JadaPod led to the creation of the “divine intro” and “outro.”
The only features on this album cue in effortlessly from London Boii and Yung D' the Pilot on “Game 5 ( helluva night )” and Mark 4ord on the “Pros Remix;” leaving ample room for Rosewell to display his dominate wordplay, flow, delivery, and expansive storytelling skills. A Different Mind is a captivating celebration of individual strength, in spite of the foul and depressing circumstances pushed through the media today."
Ullnevano And Illien Rosewell have released Confidence Is Everything 2 via Bandcamp. Neva Rhymes Eloquently Over Illien Rosewell's Superior Production Bringing A Champion Hoodie Vibe Right On Time For The Fall/Winter Season.
When Fredericksburg, VA producer Logic Marselis isn't doing work with emcee UllNevaNo, he's constantly knocking out instrumental albums, and his discography says a lot. Logic drops tapes at random without telling anybody because he's all about creating dope music for the masses. Being that Madlib is one of his biggest influences, his work ethic and focus is incomparable when releasing music. Logic has released a instrumental project entitled "Cheesesteak Eggrolls" which is a very popular carry out item in Baltimore, MD. From visiting Baltimore on countless occasions, he's fascinated with how raw and authentic the city is, not to mention his favorite show is The Wire. One of the stand out instrumentals on the tape is the bass line driven "North Ave" which takes listeners on a ride on one of the most famous streets in Baltimore. Logic also takes you in for some cheesesteak eggrolls with hard drums on "Jerry's" which sounds like the equivalent of a 70's game show intro. That's where the idea of this beat tape came about, just from eating at Jerry's. On "E Cold Spring Lane", Logic asks UllNevaNo for some assistance, which is the only track with vocals on the entire project. Neva tells a very descriptive story on what goes down in a sneaker lineup when trying to purchase the latest pair of Jordan's by starting out the song with "hopped out the taxi/wearing taxi's". Each track title is a reference to the culture of Baltimore, so when you listen to it, think of it an ode to the city of a Baltimore from Logic's eyes.