Monday, February 19, 2018


ILL Conscious is ready to drop his opus The Prerequisite today (2.19.18), and I am excited for the masses to hear this sonic wonder.  Of course I am very proud to have contributed a track to the album, and it is an honor to have such a dope emcee to drop this type of project in today's climate.  The video below is for the dope joint "The Testament", featuring DJ Audas and produced by Kyo Itachi.  You get visceral visuals of our hometown, B-more, in this 1:53 video.  When The Prerequisite hits all major digital outlets (as well as physical availability) make certain to support!

Twitter:  @ill_Conscious
Instagam:  ill_consciousdagod

Friday, February 2, 2018


B-more emcee Greenspan (@Greenspan410) is continuing to expand his creative horizons on the Hip Hop front.  His recent video release, "INDIE", is indicative of his dedication to elevating his craft and pushing the envelope.  With a dope cosign from Okayplayer, "INDIE" is showcasing #BlackExcellence at its finest, with visuals of Greenspan cruising the streets of East and West Baltimore (fly Lincoln Continental as the vehicle of choice).  Baltimore-bred filmmaker Angel Kristi Williams (@angelkristiwms) directed this gem.  "Indie" is a dope joint from the 2016 Greenspan project Never Gone Die, a HipNOTT Records release.  Peep the video below and support dope artistry such as this!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


For the January 21, 2018 episode of No Ideas Original Radio Show podcast you have Shabaam Sahdeeq as guest.  This recent episode of the college radio program on 91.3 FM (WVKR) is a special one indeed on my end.  I had the honor and pleasure of producing a joint for B-more spitta Jamil Honesty.  The track, entitled "Searching" (featuring dope vocalist and my Judah's Juke Joint sista Whitney C) is one of the tracks being played during the 3-plus hour set for No Ideas Original.  I'm definitely proud of this accomplishment, and I'm humbled by the entire chain of dope events surrounding my beatmaking for 2018 and beyond.  Not lost on this accomplishment is the fact that legendary emcee from Soundbombing lore Shabaam Sahdeeq is guest on the show.  Shout out to Walter Herrmann for showcasing and recognizing dope material that may go unseen or unheard.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


With 2017 coming to a much needed close, we have another dope single from The Ghost Of Len Bias EP entitled "Tom Sheppard".  If you are a nostalgic cat that fiends for 90's Hip Hop culture, you will get the reference as the basketball character (portrayed by Leon) searching for his identity in the hood classic Above The Rim.  UllNevaNo channels that characterization in this video (directed by another dope artist/producer Logic Marselis).  Enjoy the Golden Era vibes (courtesy of producer Jumbled) and don't forget to support one of the best indie releases I've heard in this otherwise depressing year (full of political strife).  I'll save the soap-box rantings for another post.

Twitter:  @ullnevano @napalmdef

Thursday, November 30, 2017


I'm definitely a huge fan of the podcast Heat Rocks with Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes.  Both hosts are dynamic in their individuality and perspectives on music.  Of course Episode 6 strikes a chord because it speaks on one of my personal favorites, Like Water For Chocolate (2000).  Common put himself fully on the Hip Hop map with this Soulquarians gem.  If you're not familiar with The Soulquarians collective, it was comprised of Questlove, James Poyser, D'Angelo, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Common, Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey), Talib Kweli, Roy Hargrove, Pino Palladino and the incomparable J Dilla (Rest In Beats).  I gravitated towards that sound and sonic artistry because it came from a place I could fully identify with when it came to Neo-Soul and Progressive Hip Hop.  Years later I'm still immersed in that movement, even as others have moved on to the trappings of Trap/EDM/Mumble Rap or any other categorization I may not be a part of at this point in life.  Without expounding too much on my own fascination with Common and his music, I will allow Ill Camille, another dynamic emcee to break down the seminal project.  Ill Camille is an LA artist that is part of a very progressive movement on the Left Coast (somewhat similar in nature to what we heard from the Soulquarians camp in the late 90's-early 2000's).  Her most recent project entitled Heirloom garnered praise and attention as a stylized piece of Hip Hop artistry.  Make certain to check out Heirloom and her discography via her website:  Enjoy the podcast and tune in to other Heat Rocks episodes to get some very insightful conversations.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Congratulations for NC lyricist Rapsody (one of my favorite artists in any genre) on her Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.  Laila's Wisdom is a gem, replete with top-notch lyricism and laser-sharp production.  "Power" (featuring Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker) is a riveting video that shows the gradual growth and determination of Rapsody.  She is one of the few artists that I can genuinely say has paid her dues, and those dues are paying grand dividends.  After peeping the powerful visuals for "Power" (pun intended), support and cop this extremely dope project.


Twitter:  @rapsody

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Strong Island trio De La Soul once again are showing and proving that there is no expiration date on dope Hip Hop.  Dave, Maseo and Posdnous dropped the Grammy-nominated gem and the Anonymous Nobody August 2016, and more than a year later we are still reveling in the extended shelf life of that Kickstarter-funded project.  The newest video is for "Royalty Capes" (featuring Gina Loring) and it starts off with an honest and surreal look into the medical condition that Dave is dealing with on the daily (congestive heart failure).  With the passing of his Native Tongues brethren Phife, it brings into full focus that Golden Era emcees are facing their own existence and mortality as they embrace middle age.  I'm definitely a part of that reality, and it is refreshing that De La STILL is a beacon of light in Hip Hop.  Continue supporting the culture and cop and the Anonymous Nobody.

Twitter:  @WeAreDeLaSoul  @DeLaSoulsDugout  @PlugWonDeLaSoul