Archives for the month of: August, 2012

It’s done folks. All copies are spoken for. You will be emailed this week in reference to whether you officially secured your autographed copies. Some of the emails came in a minute a part in some cases so it was definitely close.

Thanks for the support. Stay tuned.

We’re only a week away!

Peace World. After the success of the 1st contest, we’re back with another one.
1st 15 people to pre-order HIWTAI on iTunes get a FREE AUTOGRAPHED copy on CD.
Here’s how you enter…

  1. Pre-order Home Is Where The Art Is on iTunes: HERE
  2. Take a screen capture or screenshot of your order confirmation screen in iTunes.
  3. Email your NAMEADDRESS, screen cap/screenshot to substantial [at] qn5 [dot] com & mellomusicgroup [at] gmail [dot] com, Subject “HIWTAI Pre-order Contest“.
  4. Wait for our reply confirming your proof of purchase.

Contest last for 24 hours and BEGINS August 27, 2012 7:00PM EST, ENDS August 28, 2012 7:00PM EST   Thanks for your support and good luck.

Stay in Peace

P.S. Home Is Where The Art Is in stores September 4, 2012.


Peace World. 1st 15 folks to pre-order HIWTAI on iTunes get a FREE Autographed copy on wax. Send me an email to substantial [at] qn5 [dot] com & mellomusicgroup [at] gmail [dot] com w/ your screen cap (proof of purchase) and address address will contact you with additional info then.Thanks for your support.

Stay in Peace

DOWNLOAD: Substantial – Reloaded (ft. Homeboy Sandman & Javier Starks)

As Substantial’s Mello Music Group debut Home Is Where The Art Is nears release, the DMV MC can’t contain his excitement. In anticipation of the release, Substantial joins indie powerhouse Homeboy Sandman and up-and-coming DMV wordsmith Javier Starks for the high-energy track “ReLOADED”.

The track doesn’t appear on Substantial’s own album but is instead a bonus cut from Javier Starks’ upcoming EP, executive produced by Substizzle. and produced by Joe.D, (the main producer for Gods’Illa).  The cut packs a punch in the instrumental alone. The MC’s spit accordingly, the always amazing Homeboy Sandman references a wide array of 80’s video games in the opening bars and Javier Starks hits the track running with the flow of a veteran. Substantial might take the cake though,combining the technical efficiency of his peers with a substance few else achieve, name checking Steve Biko and the streets of Baltimore a few bars apart.

If you’re on the eastern seaboard, this Thursday, August 23rd, Substantial will be celebrating the release of Home Is Where The Art Is at Liv in DC. The star-studded affair will feature appearances from album executive producer Oddisee as well as XO, Gods’illa, yU, Javier Starks, DJ Roddy Rod, Grap Luva and more. Don’t miss the chance to witness one of world’s finest underground MC’s live and in his element. Home Is Where The Art Is drops September 4th on Mello Music Group.

Pre-Order: Substantial – Home Is Where The Art Is

iTunes  CD  2xLP

Stay in Peace.

Order The New Album “Home Is Where The Art Is” Now!

Album executive produced by Oddisee

Promo Video:
Filmed by: Chew Fu
Edited by Thomas Artis

When music is powerful and honest, it spreads. Substantial has been making music informed by his DMV upbringing for more than a decade now. His musings-in-rhyme have taken him far beyond the reaches of PG County. Substantial has seen the world over, collaborated with artists from other nations and rocked stages across several continents. Home Is Where The Art Is, his third official solo LP, will further solidify Sub as the indie powerhouse he is.

Recently Substizzle’s pen game took him to China. Forming part of the supergroup FANOMM, Sub was brought out to China by Bentley to perform at the launch of the luxury auto company’s 2013 line. While in the Far East, Substantial took the time to share a verse from the album, acapella and on-camera. Delivering the third verse from “See Hear” impeccably, Substantial puts into rhyme the grind and drive that took him from an unknown aspiring rapper to one of the most respected lyricists in the underground today.

Though Home Is Where The Art Is isn’t about Bentley’s, blunts and bitches, as Sub jokes in the video, the alchemy of immaculate rhymes and hard beats is just as luxurious, intoxicating and pleasing. The LP drops September 4 on Mello Music Group.

P.S. Home Is Where The Art Is Album Release Event – 8/23/12

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I just finished packing up my daughter’s 1st bedroom and saw this as I was walking out for the last time and hit me. Time flies. I remember bringing her home for the first time, now she’s almost 4 years old.

“Life is good.” -Nas

Stay in Peace.

P.S. Pre-order Substantial – Home Is Where The Art Is in stores worldwide September 4, 2012.

Peace World. So if you were watching Mello Music Group’s (MMG) tweets yesterday, they gave a little insight on how we connected. For those of you that missed it, here’s the recap.

4:00PM – August 7, 2012
MelloMusicGroup: “The next new artist we linked up w/ was Substantial aka @Substizzle”

4:05PM – August 7, 2012
“Substantial was an artist I knew for his voice on a number of tracks including this one Fabio Musta joint that was ill
*Purchase “I’m Ready” by Fabio Musta ft. Substantial & Elias by clicking the previous link or listen below.

4:10PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “Anyway, so @Oddisee hit me up and told me he had helped put an album together front to back with @Substizzle and asked if I’d be interested.”

4:15PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “Of course I wanted to hear it, so they sent it over and I dug in.
*FUN FACT – I was on a bullet train to Tokyo with Marcus D when I got the message from MMG to send the album over. Thankfully, Yukari hooked us up with the Hotspot FTW!

4:20PM – August 7, 2012
“Immediately I heard Oddisee’s imprint on the record, having prod. 4 of the tracks & in the selection of others like M-Phazes & Eric Lau”
*ANOTHER FUN FACT – Tonedeff hooked me up with the M-Phazes tracks w/ instructions to “kill it”. Later on,  Odd provided me with feedback/direction for the tracks once we decided to use them for the album. GO TEAM GO!

4:25PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “Substantial had a sharp flow and something positive in his lyrics w/out being too squared off

4:30PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “The record also kept getting better w/ more listens – something a lot of records don’t do.”

4:35PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “At the same time, Substantial’s personal story was one I wanted to hear: from his MC history, to community work, to overcoming cancer.”
*NOT SO FUN FACT – My Road to Recovery

4:40PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “After talking with Substantial it was clear he was a professional who knew not just the mic, but the entire field – marketing, touring, art”

4:45PM – August 7, 2012
MMG: “The record was something I wanted to be a part of. Home Is Where The Art Is


Home Is Where The Art Is drops September 4, 2012. Make sure you pre-order your copy today: CD | DigitalVinyl.

Stay in Peace.

Peace World. As some of you may know, my new album, Home Is Where The Art Is, is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Be sure to order it today and tell a friend. Also feel free to follow me on Ping if you aren’t already.

If you prefer a copy of the album on CD or Vinyl head on over to and pick up your physical copy today. To view a full list of stores you can pre-order from, click HERE.

Need a reason to cop the new album, Check My Resume!


Stay tuned for more updates. Home Is Where The Art Is hits stores worldwide on September 4, 2012.

Stay in Peace.

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