Living Legends were murdering the underground hip-hop scene. Boasting members, Lucky.I.Am, Murs, Aesop, Sunspot Jonz, Eligh, Grouch, Scarub, and Bicasso, as well as a host of loosely affiliated emcees. Grown up on the west coasts Project Blowed/Good Brothers movement, they were the emcee’s emcee. They released album after album, solo, group, side groups, etc. They murdered shows. I remember going to see them in Ft Collins, at the Aggie, I believe. Everyone was with them, even Arata, their Japanese affiliate. This was back before everybody had wireless mics, so what we had was 7 emcees on stage, each equipped with their own microphone and accompanied mic cord. As the group, moved through song after song (they performed for damn near 2 hours, unheard of for a rap group these days), those mic cords were obviously entangled. During vocal breaks, each member would try frantically, usually in vain, to free up some slack. About halfway through the show they sort of just gave up. The result was as the show grew closer and closer to it’s end, everyone was rapping closer and closer together as the ball of microphone entrails grew. As the show winded down, everyone was just about face to face going through their verse on the last song. One by one as they finished, they dropped their microphone in relief and celebration. As eventful as that night was, the lasting memory will definitely be the the look on the soundman’s face as he walked on stage while the lights came on…….#Fatality
Side-bar = Grouch stage diving, very unannounced and landed on me, bending the bill on my brand new Royals fitted all up. This started a lifelong detest for Grouch, which continues to this day….I literally bought that damn hat 3 hours before the show……Pay attention at shows kids…..
This track, “Reflections” featuring the Freestyle Fellowship’s Aceyalone, is one of my all-time favorite Living Legend tracks……
R.A.P. Music is one of my favorite albums of this year and it probably will go down as one of my favorites of the millennium to boot. Here we have some visuals to accompany “Untitled”…which features one of the hardest initial verses on a song in a minute…..
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As Substantial’s Mello Music Group debut Home Is Where The Art Is nears release, the DMV MC can’t contain his excitement. In anticipation of the release, Substantial joins indie powerhouse Homeboy Sandman and up-and-coming DMV wordsmith Javier Starks for the high-energy track “ReLOADED”.
The track doesn’t appear on Substantial’s own album but is instead a bonus cut from Javier Starks’ upcoming EP, executive produced by Substizzle. and produced by Joe.D, (the main producer for Gods’Illa). The cut packs a punch in the instrumental alone. The MC’s spit accordingly, the always amazing Homeboy Sandman references a wide array of 80’s video games in the opening bars and Javier Starks hits the track running with the flow of a veteran. Substantial might take the cake though, combining the technical efficiency of his peers with a substance few else achieve, name checking Steve Bitko and the streets of Baltimore a few bars apart.
If you’re on the eastern seaboard, this Thursday, August 23rd, Substantial will be celebrating the release of Home Is Where The Art Is at Liv in DC. The star-studded affair will feature appearances from album executive producer Oddisee as well as XO, Gods’illa, yU, Javier Starks, DJ Roddy Rod, Grap Luva and more. Don’t miss the chance to witness one of world’s finest underground MC’s live and in his element. Home Is Where The Art Is drops September 4th on Mello Music Group.
Tread carefully Paul…….VERY carefully
I think this could be the year I pick up a Madden game……
If you haven’t done so at this point, please do me this favor. Go to where ever it is you purchase music and get yourself a copy of Michael Kiwanuka’s Home Again, if you need any more convincing than the attached video then I don’t know what to tell you. This IS soul music
Let me get this straight, this is a Procussions’ track, period. I’ll accommodate the powers that be by separating the two, but it’ll go into my iTunes as such. It’s really good to hear these two rapping together. What’s more hip-hop than hating one’s job? Very interested in hearing if and when the new Procussions project will see the light of day…….