A Band, A Movement, A Musical Journey, An Experience
A PLACE is the 1st single off of the debut album LEVELS, which is also the name of the band, lead by frontman Keith “WildChild” Middleton, along with Aaron Marcellus on vocals, guitarist Luca “Mack” Marcias, Jacopo “Snow” Mazza on Keyboards. The group is international, one from NY, one from Atlanta and two from Italy and have been performing on stages in Europe, Japan and the US, the past couple of years, writing, performing and testing out songs for this album. The four artists – all on different musical paths, from Rock to Funk, to Hip Hop, to R&B, to Jazz and Classical – have arrived at the same destination – LEVELS!
A PLACE, seems at first a simple love song “There’s no place that I would rather be … right here with you, my dear, beside me…” but it actually is a more complex and textured interpretation of Adam and Eve as our common ancestor, what binds all mankind in love and unity. Delving into the multi dynamic layers of Love, the international super group, LEVELS, explore the musical nuances of Hip-Hop, Neo Soul, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Funk, Afrobeat, and Latin genres. These diverse styles help to fully articulate the time traveling journey of Adam as he searches for his soulmate Eve after being exiled from paradise.
Keith explains “They say the legend of Adam and Eve is written in the stars. If you look closely, you may notice the two were cast out of paradise as punishment for eating an apple from the Forbidden Tree of Truth. Now both mortal, Adam vows to Eve that he will always find her in their next lives. A secret he learned from his one bite of the apple. In present day, it is written that Adam will find Eve at one of his shows with his band LEVELS.”
This album is the journey that we all share, reflecting life as Adam or Eve. The concept of belief in true love, faith you will find it, the pursuit of happiness the struggle of adversity subsequent loss and sometimes, satisfying triumph. Life is full of diversity and dynamics, and so is this album. A PLACE is your first taste of the Apple of Truth that is on its way.
Music Video Credits:
Director: Ahmed Best
Producer: BISN Media (Ahmed Best, Nikit Doshi)
D.P. : Kevin Zeigler
Editor: Salman Syed
Post Production: LaurelWood Pictures (Jeff Billings)
MCMI REPORT: RAH DIGGA Headlining PH Memorial Concert (Mercury Lounge)
Join us Sunday, June 9th as we celebrate the life & legacy of our brother PH aka Pumpkinhead. A well curated collection of dope MC’s will be on hand to entertain and pay homage to our beloved comrade in this thing of ours, called Hip Hop! Check the Facebook page for updates and music from all performers.
Limited edition red collectors PH Memorial snapback hats will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Last year’s PH hats sold out immediately, so come early if you want a hat. No merchandise will be held.
In an interview with ESNTLS, Jay Critch shows how he dresses on a budget. The 21- year old Brooklyn native gets put to the test when he has to make an outfit under a rack ($1000). The Brooklyn rapper has generated a serious buzz in the past 2 years within New York City with hits like “Thousand Ways”, “Fashion”, and his break out single, “Did it Again ” which he released in late 2016. He’s also featured in songs with French Montana, Fabolous, and Don Q.
How do you think he did? How would you spend $1000 on an outfit? Let us know in the comment section below.
And speaking of Jay Critch, check out his new heat called “Resort” that just dropped. Rate his drip 1-10 on this visual.
MIC HANDZ has been going through a lot this past year or two. From the loss of loved ones, to his own health struggles, starting dialysis and looking for a kidney transplant, he has been going through changes physically, mentally and spiritually and that has to come out in the music. “FOR ME”, a delayed visual off of the 2017 release HELL ON MY BACK: HEAVEN IN MY WAKE, was written as therapy. According to the Flatbush based MC, producer, graphic artist, video director and tour promoter, this song represents
“self-reflection of myself for myself ” “I believe going public and being transparent is key to growth.”
You wont find cliched boasting about lyrical prowess on this song. Produced by the German underground producers DICHTER 2 PRODUCTIONS, the musical soundtrack, introspective bars and passionate delivery, platformed by a LAST AMERICAN BBOY supplied visual in the heart of Brooklyn, is a release from pain by creating art through music, in the vein of Muddy Waters and the Blues tradition. The visuals, with assistance from Taz , Jana, Wendy, Uncle Freddy , Nayarah, Parnia and ROCKNESS MONSTA, help set the mood and fill in parts of the story untold by Handz’ documentary lyrics.
If you missed the album when it dropped, it’s not too late.
Last week MCMI’s LR Blitzkrieg, Keith “Wildchild” Middleton, GMS and MrMecc attended an advance listening party for Seed X Nottz – No Way in Hell featuring the Bad Seed and produced by Nottz, atIMI Studios in Manhattan. The project brings the BK-VA duo of Seed & Nottz back together again, giving you another dose of the hypnotic hip hop serum they concocted years ago with songs like For the Kids, Uhhnnh, Would You Luh Me. The pair sounded great together back in the day, but then went their separate ways for quite awhile. Both released a plethora of songs with other artists and 20 years later Seed announced that he was going to retire as an MC.
But before retiring Seed dropped his “final” album Coreyography, featuring one joint produced by Nottz, Belt Off (Official Video). I’m sure if someone asked if he would drop another album he answered “No way in hell,” but the song knocked so hard that it inspired the two to talk about possibly, just maybe, recording another project together.
Fast forward and we are sitting in a room listening to No Way In Hell. The room is filled more with friends, family and real MCees than Industry, which is fitting, because if you know Seed or Nottz, there is nothing industry or contrived about either of them. As Seed and his daughter Boopy hosted the event, playing some tracks twice at our request, one thing was incredibly clear: this project was definitely worth the wait.
The concept is that the album is narrated by a female disc jockey broadcasting over W-HELL 66.6FM radio. Seed tells us he was inspired by the way the cult classic gang movie WARRIORS was narrated.
Then there’s the “Belt Off Remix”, featuring Rockness Monsta (of Heltah Skeltah) and NapsNdreds. As Seed tells it, Rock was originally set to appear on “The Devil,” but it just felt right to have him on the revamped “Belt Off.”
“I decided it would be doper to hear him on there due to the subject matter,” Seed says. “As a fan, I wanted to hear Rock take his belt off and whoop some ass. And as far as Naps goes, dude’s my new favorite rapper. Period.”
Other standouts include the relationship drama of “Pretty Little Liar” featuring Tiye Phoenix, the super-funky “Yellow Lights” featuring Sauce Money, and the verbal middle finger “Bad Mood.” And when put together, they form one of the year’s best rap releases. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 20 years for these two to drop another project.
If you are in NYC you can attend the NO WAY IN HELL Album Release Party tonight at The Delancey, part of the Rock Da House series, presented by Doc Ahk, Mic Handz and DJ Toshi. The line up is sick, admission is free and there’s drink specials early.