Archives for the month of: November, 2012

Peace World. Next week, myself & the “Humble King”, yU (of Diamond District & The 1978ers) hit the road for a short tour of the east coast. First stop is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Flier’s above, other dates are below.

12/06 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Club Culture
12/10 – Atlanta, GA – 529 Bar
12/14 – Brooklyn, NY – 3rd EyeSolation Art Gallery
12/16 – Baltimore, MD – Peju’s Lounge

For those of you interested in future bookings, contact: mellomusicgroup [at] gmail [dot] com

Stay in Peace.

P.S. [VIDEO] Substantial – See Hear f. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress |


Watch the new video Substantial “See Hear”

Baltimore MC Substantial jumped back into the scene with this fall’s Home Is Where The Art Is, a personal and powerful testament to Stan B. Robinson’s development as a man and MC. Fans and critics seem to concur. To keep the momentum going on this fantastic LP, Substantial and Mello Music Group drop the uplifting video for “See Hear.”

The video, directed beautifully by Ariel “Rel” Nuñez, opens up with Sub’s Uncle speaking on Baltimore’s history, more specifically how the city experienced a stark decline after the Disco era undoubtedly due to the recession and crack epidemic of the early 80’s. Sub picks up the gentleman’s baton and takes us on a tour of B-more, exposing us to the good and not-so-good. Still, throughout everything Substantial looks optimistically to the future. Don’t think Sub sees everything through rosy glasses, he acknowledges challenges and divisions within the city but lets us know he’s still invested in the place and the people because “that’s real unity, remembering it starts with you!”

Produced by Algorythm of The Stuyvesants, the beat knocks with rare precision and the harmonies, both in the beat and provided by Steph The Sapphic Songstress, mirror the optimism in Substantial’s sharp lyrics. In an age where many MC’s are either jaded or out of touch, it’s refreshing to hear (and see) someone so focused on the future!

Substantial “Home Is Where The Art Is”  Vinyl  CD   Mp3
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Cover Art: Substantial | Photo: Eddie B. Tombs IV

Peace World. I am proud to present the 1st single from newcomers, Sheff’s Kitchen from their debut self-titled EP, which is to be released during the 1st Quarter of 2013 and is executive produced by Substantial,Just Watchin’* has Knell Rashad (the duo’s MC) jostling with the nearly impossible task of viewing life objectively. Over his brother, Kenju’s esoteric boom-bap production style, Nell spits about witnessing the desperate state of affairs and and how as we want to affect change we begin to reconsider the part we play in our communities.  Raw introspective rap remains and Sheff’s Kitchen plan to carry the torch.

*Just Watchin’ is co-produced by Substantial

More info on Sheff’s Kitchen:
Sheff’s Kitchen provides an intriguing perspective on life by viewing it from the inside out. Knell Rashad delivers captivating, eclectic, potent, introspective lyrics that resonate in the hearts and souls of people. His background in the hospitality industry and in the field of education, in addition to his community service experiences grant his message relevance with socially charged subject matter that centers on faith in God. Knell Rashad’s refreshingly abstract style compliments Kenju’s unique syncopation. Kenju’s curious rhythms invite you to reminisce about the early 90’s boom bap with an edge. This Maryland based duo of blood brothers aims to stir your soul and engage your mind; which are the main ingredients in their weighty recipe.

Sheff’s Kitchen Online:
Bandcamp | Facebook | Soundcloud

Enjoy, leave some feedback and share it with your friend.

Stay in Peace.

TOKYO SHOW NOV 23.12: at THE GAME Featuring: Bop Alloy, DJ Asu Rock, DJ YUKIJIRUSHI, FK, DJ Mara-bu & DJ Tsu and Special Guest Producer Kenichiro Nishihara!

KYOTO SHOW NOV 24.12 @ Lab.Tribe: Hard Cream X MORE B.AR.K. LESS BITIN’ TOUR featuring Bop Alloy, DJ Asu Rock, M.I.Z a.k.a MICASISTA, Snipe, Rakabee, Yamao the 12, Young Yazzy, Grow & DJ Yossy. Also Featuring M.I.Z a.k.a MICASISTA’s More Than Words Album Release party.
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Peace World. So over the last 2 or 3 weeks, I’ve found a lot of inspiration to get back in to my visual art again. Above is just a little taste of what I’ve been working on. It’s just a simple pencil sketch of my daughter, Serenity. I drew it during Hurricane Sandy.

I’ll try to post a piece of my art once a month going forward. New and old.

Stay in Peace & Stay Inspired.

P.S. Don’t forget to pick up my album Home Is Where The Art Is available: Digital | CD | Vinyl

Substantial Live @ The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Center
Photos by Jaemin Cuevas from Substantial’s recent performance at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. Click photo to view the set.


P.S. Pick up Home Is Where The Art Is now available: Digital | CD | Vinyl

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