Baltimore artist SUBSTANTIAL prepares to release a Jill Scott tribute project, entitled “Jackin’ Jill”, built by “Jackin” music from various Jill Scott releases. I call him an artist, not just an MC, because besides working well with words, ‘Substizzle‘ also drew the sketch which is the cover art. Intrigued by this new project based entirely on the work of Jill Scott, I had to get at my Plague brother and ask him a few questions.
GMS: How did the idea of a Jill Scott Tribute album come about?
SUBSTANTIAL: Back in 2011 when I had the cancer scare, I decided to work on a tribute album to Jill Scott. I figure, celebrate people while they are still here, you know? Jill Scott has always been one of my favorite artists. It’s been about two years since I had the preventative surgery and I’m ready to put out the music, as a free download of course.
GMS: What is the song “Golden Lady” about?
SUBSTANTIAL: It basically tells the story of how I was first introduced to Jill Scott’s music, and how it influenced me over the years.
Another banger off 9th Wonder & Buckshot’s album “The Solution”, in stores now.Â Directed by Calvan Fowler of Daydream Filmworks, the video features four versions of Buckshot, a creepy rabbit and a masked man. I don’t know how crazy the video is, but Buck’s lyrics and 9th Wonder’s production definitelyÂ are.Â Like they bringin’ ’88 back!
Homeboy Sandman is on tour in California promoting his new album, “First of a Living Breed”,Â but he will be on MCMI RADIO this Friday by remote, talking to us about his relationship with the label StonesThrow Records, his writing process, his previous music and of course the new album, which just dropped yesterday. Tune in Friday, 6pm – 8pm or click the link anytime after that to hear the show on demand. MCMI RADIO Ep 14
* UPDATE: Homeboy dropped some gems while on MCMI RADIO! Here it is:
This track, produced by Paul White, is not on “First of a Living Breed”, it’s a bonus track announcing the album to the world. One thing that I love about this album (besides of course the music), is that there is a Lyrics sheet to go along with it. I have always felt that all rap albums should come with a lyrics sheet. The whole point of Hip Hop is what it is that you have to say. If you have anything of value or interest to say then heads would want to read the lyrics as well as listen. A lot of (non-Hip Hop) albums I listened to from my parents vinyl collections when I was a kid had these. Cop the album as CD, MP3 or Vinyl, along with the lyrics sheet from the links below.
Give It Up (Feat. Dj Prince) (Prod. by !llmind) by Skyzoo
Produced by !llmind (Kanye West, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Scarface), Skyzoo drops his latest single, “Give It Up”, featuring DJ Prince.Â This beat is crazy, pairing the demanding drone of a grimyÂ dubstep bass-line, with 808s and drumline patterns,Â a staple of !llmind’s new signature “boom-trap” sound, (listen toÂ Kanye West & G.O.O.D. Music’sÂ “The Morning”Â on theÂ Cruel SummerÂ album).
The ablum, A Dream Deferred, featuresÂ Jill Scott, Freeway, Talib Kweli, Raheem Devaughn and more, and has tracks produced by !llmind, Jahlil Beats, 9th Wonder and Black Milk, to name a few.Â A Dream Deferred drops on October 2nd, on Sky’s newly formed label The Faculty Inc./Duck Down Music.