I fully intend to assassinate Marco Polo out of sheer jealousy…enjoy his music while you can…
“Back in 2011 Baltimore emcee Substantial was facing the possibility of cancer. He ended up having preventive surgery and while laid up, decided to start working on a tribute album to Jill Scott, one of his biggest influences. It was his was of staying busy while healing, and at the same time to give people their roses while they could still smell them. The result is a free project Substantial calls “Jackin’ Jill” – a tribute project from built by “Jackin” music from various Jill Scott releases. This collection of reworks and remixes of her work blended by DJ Jav form a cohesive pseudo collaboration focused on life, love & music.
Today, as Substantial heads back into the doctor’s for a follow up examine 2 years later, we are unveiling the cover art (drawn by Substantial himself) from the 17 track project. Additionally, we’re giving listeners a taste of what’s to come with the track “Golden Lady” – a reworking of the amazing Stevie Wonder track from “Innervisions” that Substantial uses to play off the track Golden from Jill Scott’s Beautifully Human album (the last song Kool Herc played at Substantial’s wedding). Substantial adds to this Marcus D produced tribute track the gorgeous vocals of Steph The Sappic Songstress. Be sure to listen to Marcus D on piano throughout as well. The result is a richly layered, beautiful new track from one of Baltimore’s most thoughtful and talented artists, Substantial.” -Mello Music Group
“For our second epside, Out Da Box Radio is happy to feature the talented and accomplished West coast Emcee “Planet Asia”. In this in-depth interview, Planet Asia takes the time to speak to us about a number of interesting topics including his humble beginnings, his influences from the East Coast and his ability to stay relevant throughout his music career. He also speaks on working with Mello Music Producer Gensu Dean, as well as with The Alchemist, his new group the Durag Dynasty and the possibility of doing a collabo project with acclaimed Stones Throw Producer “Madlib”. When asked about new talent he’s impressed with, Asia also names Pro Era front man “Joey Bada$$” as one he’s currently checking for. Although the interview clocks in a little over an hour, I believe there’s so much here to keep your interest. So definitely take time to listen and feel free to spread the word. Enjoy!” -Out Da Box Radio
“March 19th, Quelle Chris will be proud to present a new project “Niggas Is Men” that he put together with the help of some lyrically gifted friends: Cavalier (who holds down 9 tracks in remarkable fashion), Tanya Morgan, Fresh Daily, Denmark Vessey, DJ GroWeyez, and more. The dusty, sharp cornered 13 track project is a mere prelude to Quelle’s upcoming Mello Music Group debut proper, but is none-the-less a head-nodding, intoxicating journey through reincarnation, long tokes, the poisoned food supply, addiction cycles, and even hot & crusty hoes. Quelle is ready to remind you “Niggas Is Men”.” -Mello Music Group
Peep the song & the video trailer for the project below:
Watch the trailer: