Producer extraordinaire, MD’s own Tokyo Cigar, presents “Constant,” featuring Substantial and Irish vocalist Tanya Denise. This international collaboration crafted by Tokyo Cigar is dedicated to true love, set over a laid back jazzy beat. Tokyo Cogar, you got some fire. Please send us a beat for our upcoming Plague project!
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Lyrically, Substantial lays it down with his super laid back, yet strong, confident delivery. When the chorus comes in the vocals are so sweet, they make you shudder.
The video is directed by Garrett Lynam and Tokyo Cigar, who filmed in both Maryland and Ireland, and is a visual representation of people from all around the world coming together to make some great art.
This song is truly a gem. It will force you to move your head up and down with a smile on your face for Hip Hop. This is a must add to your playlist. Get it now on iTunes.
“Mental Exorcism” is taken from the Best Buy exclusive version of ‘Deeply Rooted’.
Scarface was always a vivid story teller and his style is perfectly suited for this type of politically reflective, call to action type of track. The Scarface – Mental Exorcism video makes use of photos and footage of several recent killings and brutality by police, as well as quotes from television news commentators, print media and other non-fiction, primary sources to hammer home the point being made, which is “we are in a police state, where the police are able to do whatever they want, even if its illegal.”
Deeply Rooted Available at Best Buy: Includes three bonus cuts not available on the standard version!
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “There’s no way that ANYTHING affiliated with Maybach Music, aka Rick Ross could possibly be something an MCMI cat could endorse.”
Welp… think again. Gunplay has been on one for real, lately. Lots of bars and bangers for cats who dig the streets and live the life. Maybach Music Group / Def Jam artist GUNPLAY takes us on a ride through Los Angeles with his label-mate YG for “Wuzhanindoe,” the lead single and video off Gunplay’s debut album Living Legend out July 31st. Video Directed by Jerome D. Give it a listen, and if you don’t dig it, screw it. Debut AlbumLIVING LEGENDout July 31st.
Funk Volume’s Jarren Benton revisits his Slow Motion EP with the Jesse Ray Diamond-directed video for the projects closing track, “Silence.” Produced by Kato, the personal track features a solemn hook by Sareena Dominguez as a dedication to Benton’s friend/manager Jahmal “Slow Motion” Pryor who passed away in 2013.
In January, the 2014 XXL Freshman class “People’s Choice” winner released the eight-track Slow Motion EP which featured appearances from Jon Connor, ¡Mayday!, Rock City, Sy Ari Da Kid, Hemi, Sareena Dominguez and Funk Volume family Hopsin, Dizzy Wright and SwizZz.
Brought to you on HiPNOTT Records, No Turning Back, by Substantial and The Other Guys, is about ”those who continue to live in the past while Substantial looks to move forward.“ Dedicated to his friend and former producer Nujabes, and those who try to exploit his legacy, after his passing. The Past… EP is available now via all digital outlets. You can stream it on Youtube here.