Single You Out: Ullnevano x MANHE – fight club pool table

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Ullnevano teams up with MANHE for a project named after one of the best names in collegiate sports, God Shammgod, a Point Guard from Providence with the ill handles.   And that’s what this project represents, the ability to control your craft like a ball on a string.

My favorite joint from the project is fight klub pool table, which incidentally is another GREAT name for a track.  MANHE laces a laid back but dusty vinyl vibe accompanied by a cascading harp,  for Ullnevano to proliferate his lyrical skill with.  And you really need to listen hard, because he’s got a lot of built in ill wordplay that you might miss if you’re not paying attention.

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Single You Out: Ullnevano x Illen Rosewell – 12’s over the wire

Ullnevano is one of those emcees whom I believe does not get the credit he is due. A few years ago he dropped a project with Logic Marselis that just oozed with dopeness, entitled The Protocol. Now he is back with a new project accompanied by the production of Illen Rosewell that again rises to the talent level of our emcee. Rosewell does a sensational job utilizing samples and dropping some soul into the music. I strongly suggest you check the project! For now…check the last cut from the EP, 12’s over the wire.

Top 50 Songs (2013)

Disclaimer:  It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year.  It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012.  Click the links to listen to the song!  I think it’s a great list.  There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones.  I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!

1. Said BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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ullnevano x logic marselis – PROTOCOL (Video)

This is the best ullnevano track I have heard to date.   This is something I could easily leave on repeat and not grow tired of.  It seems like Logic Marselis is on some ‘I-Am-Going-To-Make-The-Beat-Of-The-Year‘ type shit.   Wow,  The production really is some of the best work I have heard in 2013.   Sometimes I take for granted the music made by some of the more established HHD artists and this is a lesson learned.  Just as soon as you think they hit the pinnacle, they drop some next level music for your ears!

Friday Feature: illMEASURED – Thought You Knew (w/ UllNevaNo)

illMEASURED is a producer out of the DMV area that I have been checking for since DAY ONE.   Ever since I heard some of his production off of the Rome Cee album, The Grey Area, I new that this guy was hidden talent that just needed more exposure to his craft.  The man can create productions that range from jazzy and laid back to those boom-bap bangers we all  know and crave.  He is as exceptional as he is diverse.  So every Friday throughout the month of September we are going to be looking at new and old and projects from this producer to showcase his talents.

For this week’s installment, I present to you a recent cut illMEASURED produced for another HHD mainstay, UllNevaNo.   The cut is called Thought You Knew.  This song is a great demonstration of how illMEASURED intermingles so many different sounds to create the perfect track.  The horns, the vocal sample, and the scratching is a definitive hip hop moment.  It’s easy to hear why he is being featured here in just under four and a half minutes.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that UllNevaNo more than owns up to his end of the bargain by dropping bar after bar of heat.

Enjoy…

 

Single You Out: UllNevaNo – Week 3 #ijustwannarhyme

 

I know what you are thinking:  Week 3?  What happened to weeks one and two?  My email ate them, that’s what happened, but UllNevaNo kindly reshot this over to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He’s really able to showcase his skills over this instrumental and I think you will agree that it gets top billing. Maybe if I can find the first two weeks I will add them to the post…

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UllNevaNo – I’m Thru With Love (2012)

Artist: UllNevaNo

Album: I’m Thru With Love

Source: Artist

Tracklisting:

1. i’m thru with love
2. that’s what she said
3. pick up lines
4. jean, eternia, boog
5. move on remix (ft. VerBs)
6. she’s got beauty

Note:

I am an anti-Valentine’s day guy.  I know, what a downer.  But I don’t need to use one day in particular to treat my lady right, you heard?  Well, with that being said, B’more artist, UllNevaNo, shot this EP over to me on Valentine’s Day and it just sat in my hard drive for a while.  I’m just not fond of the Valentine’s Day musical motif.  I finally got around to listening to it, and  it wasn’t the typical fluff that you usually get in the inbox on February 14th.   I should have trusted that UllNevaNo wasn’t going to send us some of the same ol’, same ol’.  So because I am a jaded asshole, you all are hearing about this dope release weeks late…sorry.

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UllNevaNo – The Color Brown Part II (2012)

Artist: UllNevaNo

Album: The Color Brown Part II

Source:  Artist

Tracklisting:

1.Part 2
2.Comes Natural
3.Morning
4.Hand Movements
5.Who You Know
6.Writers Workshop
7.Outer Regions feat. Ahhzel(Late Bloomers)
8.Accepted
9.Substance feat.Tay Black, Logic Marselis and Stephen Hicks
10.Horror Flick
11.I Cant Take It
12.Quick Strike feat. Matth Damon
13.Importance feat. Rome Cee
14.Yesterday feat. E-Major
15.Just Listen

Note:

The first notable release of 2012 belongs to Baltimore’s own, UllNevaNo.  He releases The Color Brown Part II mixtape where he flows over Apollo Brown instrumentals.  Ordinarily I wouldn’t mention a project where it’s an emcee flowing over another artist’s instrumentals but the quality of the project is incredible.  Also, Apollo Brown hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves as a dope producer and these beats really continue to showcase his talents, as UllNevaNo puts his own lyrical twist to them.

UllNevaNo sounds so comfortable and dope  over this collection of beats.  It’s hard to pick favorites but I really like Who You Know, Importance, and Just Listen.  Just Listen features one of my favorite Apollo Brown beats.  It’s just so beautiful, soulful, and boom bap all at the same time.

There are two things that I hope happen with this project.  1) I hope you download this project immediately, and get familiar with both Apollo Brown and UllNevaNo.  2)  I hope Apollo Brown hears this and he decides they need to do an original project together.   It just sounds like it needs to be done.