Intimate and laid back, this newly released contemporary hip-hop gem features visceral beats and cunning lyrics that enlighten and inspire. New songs and new arrangements of earlier songs from his recent EPs, taking listeners on a journey through the past, present and future. The Past Is Always Present In The Future cements Substantial's musical legacy as one of Maryland's proudest and most prolific sons.
TPIAPITF includes production from DC producer, Oddisee, Seattle producer and 1/2 of Bop Alloy, Marcus D, Mello Music Group producer, Gensu Dean, label mates The Other Guys & JSOUL, Algorythm of The Stuyvesants and Good Compny Drummer, Jon Laine. Substantial's fourth solo album also features guest appearances by QN5 Music's Tonedeff, fellow Nujabes collaborators Cise Starr of CYNE and Uyama Hiroto, GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Wayna and more.
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In these saturated times of playlists—hell, even Drake got away with the flashy marketing of calling his latest release a “playlist”—it’s a delight to find grade A selections. Enter these two playlists, curated by emcee Substantial.
"This Maryland MC has been killing it as an artist while mentoring the youth. His name is Substantial and his fourth studio album is called The Past Is Always Present In The Future."
"Substantial drops the video for his song 'Black Of All Trades'."
Another brilliant one from the man."
Substantial, joined by HiPNOTT Records' label mate Greenspan, performed and gave a lecture on "The Youth Empowering Themselves Through Hip Hop". The event took place on February 11, 2017 at Barnes & Nobles in Raleigh, NC.
"Besides having a terrific name, ‘The Past Is Always Present In The Future’ is a breathtaking showcase of thoughtful, intelligent rap music from one of the genres most underappreciated musicians. Maryland MC Substantial has been putting the work in for nearly two decades, and his longstanding career is full of gems as it is, but as we take the first steps into 2017, it’s important that lyrical, technical skill is brought back to the forefront, and Substantial certainly provides." FULL REVIEW
On 31st of January, Substantial had his second album release party in Baltimore for The Past Is Always Present In The Future. The event was held at The Wind Up Space.
On January 28th, Substantial had the first of two of album release parties for The Past Is Always Present In The Future. The event was also a fundraiser for the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center where it took place in front of a nearly sold out crowd.
01.25.17 - THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE FUTURE #21 CMJ Hip Hop Charts
On January 22nd Substantial's album 'The Past Is Always Present In The Future' was featured on 2DopeBoyz.com along with the first video from the album, 'The Sub Way'.
"It is an ode to the great things that we have to offer here in PG County and in the state of Maryland. It’s an anthem for us.
Substantial’s methodical and mature lyrics pair extremely well with the driving beat for that good head-nodding tempo."
On Friday the 13th of January 2017, Substantial's single, Made In Maryland featuring DJ Jav & Steph The Sapphic Songstress was introduced and played by the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Public Enemy MC, Chuck D on WBAI 99.5 to close this episode of the weekly show. Before playing the song Chuck D says "...the album is The Past Is Always Present In The Future, GREAT TITLE! The label is HiPNOTT Records. Substantial doing his thing, always..."
"You can call Stan “Substantial” Robinson a “thinking man’s rapper,” but that statement doesn’t accurately capture the MC’s artistry and humility. On his fourth official solo album, The Past Is Always Present In The Future, Substantial—who has taught in Prince George’s County, Maryland—has managed to craft an album that feels like a culmination of his past work, while managing to keep its lyrical themes rooted firmly in the here and now."
"Substantial is a seasoned veteran in hip hop’s ever changing tides of fads; a staple on one of hip hop’s most acclaimed indie labels HiPNOTT, Substantial has a new record to start 2017 off on the right foot. The Past Is Always Present In The Future aims to give clarity to tomorrow by recalling the collective black experiences in America (check “MLK 2.0”), as well as his own personal lessons (peep “In My Daughter’s Eyes”)."
"Substantial strings a conceptual string through the past, present and future on his new effort titled The Past Is Always Present In The Future. As per usual, substantial delivers yet another emotionally powerful body of work, mixing his life experiences, current events and much more with that oomph that makes his style unique."
MLK 2.0 by Substantial featuring See King & Matthew Shell (Produced by The Other Guys) is featured on Bandcamp Weekly: Show 120
In March of 2016, Substantial embarked on another adventure out west with Marcus D. The Better To Give Tour was a 6 city tour that started in Seattle, WA on March 23rd and ended in Los Angeles, CA on March 30th. The guys were be joined by Seattle MC, LaRue and LA beatsmith Trebles and Blues.