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Shout out to my big bro, DJ RBI for having me come out to the show. Had a great time. Enjoy the show.

New episode of Ill Street Grooves ft. special in-studio guest, Substantial, new music, and an underground mix dedicated to our no-show, the legendary Redman. Barring the sound-tech issues which occurred with our feed into Adobe Audition, we’re still left with a remarkable listening experience that should keep the excitement levels peaking (no pun intended :-D).

1) Crusaders – Message From the Inner City
2) Nas – We March As Millions
3) Cornel West Theory – GOD ft. Mumia Abu Jamal
4) Akil Nadir – Sixteen
5) Substantial – Home Sweet Home
6) Substantial – MLK (Dream Big)
7) Dirt Disciples – Panoramic ft. Torae
8) Magnif – The Last
9) DJ Create – Let’s Go ft. Masta Ace
10) DJ J Hart – Barzini ft. Sean Price & Rim
11) P.R. – Set The Scene ft. Skyzoo & Substantial
12) Redman – Dopeman ft. StresMatic
13) DJ Soko – Stand Up ft. Guilty Simpson & Hassan Mackey
14) Substantial – That Damn Good
15) Czarface – Junkyard Dogs [Instrumental]
16) Substantial & Algorhythm – Tony Stanza ft. Tonedeff & Marcus D
17) Redman – We Run NY ft. Hurricane G
18) Hurricane G – Milky ft. Redman & Erick Sermon
19) Redman – I Get Down Like That
20) Def Squad – Check’N Me Out
21) EPMD – Hardcore
22) MC Eiht – Nuthin’ But The Gangsta ft. Spice 1 & Redman
23) Redman – Rockafella
24) Keith Murray – How’s That ft. Redman & Erick Sermon
25) Erick Sermon – Open Fire ft. Redman & Keith Murray
26) D’Angelo – Me & Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine [Remix] ft. Redman
27) Boyz II Men – Vibin’ ft. Def Squad
28) Puff Daddy – Reverse ft. Redman
29) De La Soul – OOoH! ft. Redman
30) 2Pac – Got My Mind Made Up ft. Tha Dogg Pound, Method Man, Redman & Inspectah Deck
31) Substantial & The Other Guys – No Turning Back
32) L’Orange & Kool Keith – Dr. Bipolar [Instrumental]
33) Substantial & The Other Guys – Priceless
34) Blackalicious – Blacka
35) Manny Garcia & Termanology – Latino Unification
36) Ghostface Killah – Daily News
37) MentPlus – Stormy Nights
38) Apollo Brown – Yes Man Sh*t ft. Sean Price


After announcing its release a month ago, fans can now download the new EP from New York emcee P.SO the Earth Tone King and producers 2 Hungry Bros.  Featuring the singles “Headphone Diaries” and “Go Nuts” with Tanya Morgan and Substantial, Feast of Legend is the first collabortive effort from P.SO and the 2 Hungry Bros. But it won’t be the last!

Feast of Legend  is available now via iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and all other digital retailers.



P.SO and the 2 Hungry Bros are more than your typical New York based MC/Producer group. Vintage vinyl fiends and food enthusiasts, the 2 Hungry Bros select only the finest samples for production in the same way a chef uses prime ingredients for his meal.

P.SO (the Earth Tone King) borrows his name from the famous painter Picasso, with the intention of creating pieces of art with every new song. Together, these long time collaborators have worked on dozens of records over the past 7 years but now are ready to release their debut EP.

Prolific beats, creative lyrics and features from Tanya MorganSubstantialLikwuid and more, Feast of Legend will prove to be a fundamental addition to any Hip-Hop catalogue. Save room for dinner, the Feast is upon us.



Following up his latest EP with The Other Guys, Maryland emcee Substantial joins forces with Algorythm (1/2 of the BK production duo The Stuyvesants) for AlwaysAlways is the second of three EPs leading up to Substantial’s upcoming fourth studio album, The Past Is Always Present In The FutureAlways features GRAMMY nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter Wayna, QN5 founder and emcee Tonedeff, DC based singer/songwriter Deborah Bond, Danish singer/songwriter/producer Fjer, and Seattle based Bop Alloy producer Marcus D. Musically, Algorythm provides the perfect soundscape for Substantial’s witty and thought provoking lyrics which are sharp as ever. Always is a collection of songs about legacy, life and being present in the moment that will be remembered as the soundtrack to the summer of 2015.

Substantial’s full length album The Past Is Always Present In The Future drops fourth quarter 2015.

Always is available now via iTunesBandcamp, and all other digital outlets. Purchase now via Bandcamp and receive a free bonus mix of Substantial and Algorythm’s previous work mixed by DJ Jav. Clean version of Always is also available on Bandcamp.

By the way, Substantial & Marcus D are currently putting tour dates together for Asia in Late September, US (East Coast) in October & US (West Coast) in December. Contact Tony Caferro (tone@dtr45.comfor all serious booking inquiries.


CONNECT WITH  SUBSTANTIAL : Web Site | Artist Page | Facebook | Twitter

TWITTER HANDLES: @IamSubstantial | @Algorythmusic | @HiPNOTT

Title: Plugged ft. Stic Man of Dead Prez & Joe.D
Producer: Praise
Label: HiPNOTT Records

Gods’Illa drops off the second single from their upcoming album, Believe In Gods’Illa, “Plugged” featuring Dead Prez’s own Stic Man and Joe.D, produced by Praise. In additiion, check out the latest clip from their video series, “The Astral Plane”.

Believe In Gods’Illa is available now for pre-order on Bandcamp or iTunesUGHH and Fat Beats for compact disc. Pre-order the album on Bandcamp and receive an immediate download of “Plugged” and  “ForestReal”  Believe In Gods’Illa drops on June 2nd!




Home Diggin’ presents Part 1 of the interview with Substantial, Viginia based recording artist from Maryland, who is not only a great MC, but a Youth Worker, Graphic Designer and Artist, with releases on Hipnott, Mello Music Group and a classic first album with late Japanese producer Nujabes.

In Part 1 of our interview we focus on the recent incidents in Baltimore, and take a look at the overall situation. And, of course, we play music… *

Home Diggin’ – the funk, soul, jazz, hiphop radioshow
Episode 175 featuring SUBSTANTIAL
presented by Gu
Originally aired Wednesday, May 20, 2015

*The show is in German, but, of course, there is loads of music and the interview is in English.

HiPNOTT emcee MarQ Spekt has a ton of new music to release for 2015. First up is The Grilchy Era “tape” which will be available as a free download digitally with a limited number of cassette tapes for the collectors out there.  The tape features production from Lex Boogie, IMAKEMADBEATS, $crilla,Deacon the Villian, and many more. Look out for the tape to drop sometime next month. For now, here’s a taste to whet your appetite: “Pockets Dug” featuring Clever 1 and produced by Inner Loop Records’ $crilla.


Stay in Peace.

Boston emcee Price Stylez is back with a brand new single, “Crown Royal”, produced by South African producer Militia. This track is the first offering off Price Stylez’s upcoming debut album set for release this summer on HiPNOTT Records.

Stay tuned. Stay in Peace.

Coming off a successful run with The Regiment by providing the backdrop to ‘S.O.U.L. (Sound of Us Living)’, producer Sinitus Tempo makes his solo HiPNOTT debut with his new album EGOCORTEX. Though mostly instrumental, the album also contains features from Valentina CX, Sir E.U, and Brian To Earth.

“The cerebral cortex plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. Often, people are so controlled by their own egos that they can’t even enjoy anything anyone else creates because they are too concerned with me myself and I. EGOCORTEX breaks down that mental state, putting them in a sense of tranquility.” – Sinitus Tempo

EGOCORTEX is available for download on Bandcamp. Physical CDs can be copped at UGHH.


My current fav on the project…


Soul samples and hard drums. Crispy snares and vinyl pops. All the DNA involved in making a cold boom bap album. But if music is a language, then what JSOUL is saying speaks volumes. As JSOUL explains, “Each Track I make represents what I love and want to hear inside the culture I was raised in. It expresses the sentiments I believe in without having to say a word.” While the core of The Purple Symphony lies in the head nod, the underlying message is “let’s make something and say something real.” From beginning to end, the message is clear; all you gotta do is listen.

Coming from Baltimore the harsh realities mixed with the club culture and strong hip hop scene makes it easy to translate. Working with wordsmiths like Substantial, Greenspan, Mathematics, Eze Jackson & Sean Armstrong adds to the depth of the album’s message.

“As a visual artist I’ve always seen colors and shapes when listening to music. That’s the reason I called it The Purple Symphony. Different Colors have an effect on our psychological imprints. When I made the album I saw the color purple; which is a strong color, but can be used in many different ways to convey many different things.”– JSOUL

The Purple Symphony is available now for pre-order on iTunes, Bandcamp, UGHH, and Fat Beats. Pre-order the album on Bandcamp and receive the first single “Get On Down” featuring Substantial immediately for free download!

Listen to the new single now on SOUNDCLOUD or BANDCAMP.



The Past… is the first of three EPs leading up to the fourth studio album from prolific, Indie MC, Substantial. This time around the veteran wordsmith has partnered with HiPNOTT Records producer duo and fellow Maryland natives, The Other Guys for his latest release. Substantial’s musical past, pre-Hyde Out Productions, included many collaborations with Isaiah of TOG, which makes their project’s title quite fitting. The Past… features Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Substantial’s protegé, See King, cuts from DJ Jav and plenty of that soulful boom bap The Other Guys have been known to provide. Lyrically, Substantial is as sharp as ever and covers subjects such as the dying art of MCing, dreams limited by stereotypes, and the exploitation of his former producer, Nujabes.

Substantial’s full length album The Past Is Always Present In The Future drops fourth quarter 2015. Until then, enjoy this appetizer and look forward to more flavorful Hip Hop music to feed your soul.

The first single from The Past… is “MLK (Dream Big)” featuring See King. Stream it below and pre-order the EP today. Pre-orders on Bandcamp will get an immediate download of the new single.




TWITTER HANDLES: @substizzle | @OtherGuysMusic | @HiPNOTT

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