DMV rapper and producer, Substantial returns with Seattle producer, Marcus D as Bop Alloy to premier new music live in LA at Catch One! Be the first to hear their new single and enjoy their vast catalogue live on stage along with a special performance of Substantial's classics with Nujabes. Also, catch special guests: nitsua, Apollo Bebop and Eye Q.Read More
SUBSTANTIAL & MARCUS D (BOP ALLOY)
THE SUB WAY
FEATURING PRECIOUS JOUBERT
PRODUCED BY MARCUS D
SECOND SINGLE OFF UPCOMING EP, PRESENT, DROPPING MAY 27TH
On this second single from Substantial's upcoming EP, Present with fellow Bop Alloy producer Marcus D, the Maryland rhymespitter raps about the path of life. Sub cleverly weave togethe the story of is journey wit he various train stop he grew up near i he DMV area and later in New York City. The Sub Way, also features DMV area songstress, Precious Joubert of Sound of the City.
We all have a different path to travel, and the right way is not necessarily set in stone. Not everyone will take "The Sub Way"... we all have to find our own way.
Present [EP] drops May 27th. Pre order yours today on Bandcamp.
SUBSTANTIAL & BOP ALLOY SNAPBACKS BACK IN STOCK!
SUBSTANTIAL & MARCUS D (BOP ALLOY)
PARTY WITH PURPOSE
FEATURING STEPH THE SAPPHIC SONGSTRESS
PRODUCED BY MARCUS D
Download/Stream: BANDCAMP | SOUNDCLOUD
FIRST SINGLE OFF UPCOMING EP, PRESENT, DROPPING MAY 27TH
After releasing EPs with both The Other Guys (The Past...) and Algorythm (Always), Substantial
prepares for the upcoming release of his full length LP The Past Is Always Present In The Future with this latest EP, Present, produced by fellow Bop Alloy producer Marcus D.
Kicking things off is the first single, Party With Purpose featuring Steph the Sapphic Songstress on vocals. Pre-orders for the EP are available now on Bandcamp. Present drops on May 27th. Cover art painting by Lionel Frazier White III.
SUBSTANTIAL & MARCUS D
AS BOP ALLOY
BETTER TO GIVE TOUR
In two weeks, Substantial embarks on another adventure out west with Marcus D. The Better To Give Tour starts in Seattle, WA on March 23rd and ends in Los Angeles, CA on March 30th. The guys will be joined by Seattle MC, LaRue and LA beatsmith Trebles and Blues.
The theme of this tour is music and musicians with a message who back their creations and words with action. During this outing, Substantial will be volunteering and collaborating with Today's Future Sound at Encinal High School in Alameda, CA for a writing and production workshop.
3/23 - Rendezvous - Seattle, WA
3/24 - 1230 Room - Olympia, WA
3/26 - Honey Hive Gallery - San Francisco, CA
3/27 - 924 Gilman - Berkeley, CA
3/28 - Encinal High School - Alameda, CA*
3/30 - Lock & Key - Los Angeles, CA
This tour will also feature exclusive merchandise. Check out the official Bop Alloy Snapback below! The lid features cover art from their debut album Substantial and Marcus D are Bop Alloy. This will exclusively be available at each of the events starting March 23rd. Show up and grab yours while supplies last.
Need another reason to attend? Of course not, but here you go... Sub and Marcus will also be performing new music from their new EP Present which drops next month on HiPNOTT Records. Pre-orders will be available VERY soon so stay tuned.
TWITTER HANDLES: @iamsubstantial | @marcusd | @bopalloy | @HiPNOTT
PRODUCED BY THE OTHER GUYS
NEW SINGLE OFF UPCOMING
HiPNOTT RECORDS COMPILATION
This winter, HiPNOTT Records has gathered our team of artists to give our fans a compilation of previously unreleased music for this holiday season. The compilation will be available for free download December 24th as our holiday gift to you. Until then, we will leak a few new tracks from the set along with accompanying video holiday cards from our artists.
First up is a new joint from Substantial, featuring new HiPNOTT signees Gods'Illa and produced by The Other Guys. Stream/download it below and view Substantial's personal holiday video message to you.
Bop Alloy Releases Holiday Project - Winter Breaks
Independent Hip Hop duo Bop Alloy will release their first holiday project on December 9, 2014. In February 2014, Bop Alloy was able to fund their 2nd LP, ‘Another Day in the Life of...’ using Kickstarter. The initial goal of the project was $7000. They more than doubled that amount in under one month and issued stretch goals, one of which included a holiday EP which would become ‘Winter Breaks’.
‘Winter Breaks’ compiles 6 sonically vintage Hip Hop tracks. Producer, Marcus D handles the live instrumentation mixes masterfully while infusing jazz, soul and a pinch of Afro beat samples. Lyrically, Substantial touches on the personal, social, and economical effects of the Holiday season, using thoughtful lyricism, wit, and a variety of flows to paint a different portrait of Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s.
“I wanted to do something that wasn’t a traditional Christmas/Holiday album. I celebrate Kwanzaa as well and I set out to make songs that give you a peek into this underexposed, wonderful world”, says Substantial.
“Regardless of how you celebrate, what you celebrate, and/or who you celebrate it with, this is the best time of year, and I think ‘Winter Breaks’ embodies that sentiment without the cliche "holiday raps factor”, says Marcus D. The ‘Winter Breaks’ EP is sure to be the only holiday music you’ll be playing from now through February.
Let The Flakes Fall Where They May
Hottest Christmas On Record
Resolutions Per Minute
Longing for Nia
*All songs written, produced by Substantial & Marcus D
About Bop Alloy
Bop Alloy, comprised of Maryland emcee, Substantial and Seattle, WA producer, Marcus D, have become a staple in today’s international Jazz Hop scene. Baritone vocals, fluid flows, and honest lyrics over hypnotic melodies and pounding drums define the Bop Alloy sound. Together and individually, they have collaborated with the likes of Nujabes, Royce Da 5’9”, Kool Herc, Oddisee, Emancipator, CunninLynguists, Shing02, Choklate, and Kenichiro Nishihara. Bop Alloy’s ‘Another day in the life of...’ was released in April 2014 and features GRAMMY nominated Singer/Songwriter, Carolyn Malachi, Cise Star (of CYNE), and Pismo.
Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D)
Produced by Marcus D
With Fall in full swing, it's only fitting that Substantial & Marcus D officially release their latest single, Autumn Leaves. Guest vocals from the always soulful Pismo, add the perfect touch to this Autumn anthem while Marcus D's stellar production sonically captures the coolness and brilliant colors of the season. Substantial's lyrics, inspired by Gordon Park's book To Smile In Autumn, talk about setting new goals after reaching those from his youth as his life approaches the Autumn years.
It’s like I reached that point where many folk lives get froze
Instead I’m busy living most of my childhood goals
Never stagnant, forever I’ll strive for more
This elevator’s barely above the bottom floor
Autumn Leaves is from Bop Alloy's critically acclaimed 2nd album, Another Day in the Life of... if you're a vinyl record enthusiast, you'll be happy to know that the duo recently released Limited Edition EP version on 12" vinyl. Pick up your copy today and don't forget, there's more Bop Alloy right around the corner. The Winter Breaks Digital-Only EP drops this December 2014.
Peace World. New music from Bop Alloy...
Taken from DJBooth.net:
While touring the U.S. this past spring, emcee Substantial and beatsmith Marcus D. managed to step into the studio together for the first time since releasing Another Day in the Life Of…, their sophomore album under the Bop Alloy banner. The result, making its world premiere on our front page, is a brand new freestyle titled Waiting Room. Behind the boards, Marcus creates an atmosphere that’s “part pimp, part doctor’s office waiting room circa early-‘70s.” Sub adapts his flow to the laid-back instrumental, reeling off agile, intricate bars without breaking a sweat. Waiting Room isn’t part of a larger set, but we’ll keep you posted on the underground twosome’s plans as further details emerge.
RATE THIS SONG: www.djbooth.net/index/tracks/revi…g-room-freestyle/
Waiting Room Instrumental originally featured on 'Another Day in the Life of...". Album available on Bandcamp: bopalloy.bandcamp.com
Yes it Is I back with my guy our styles collide
Try to imitate or deny this fly shit we provide…
Ya gotta be dumb, the lottery y'all just won, start turning them headphones up
And feel the allure of what we record we can't be compared to none
So called elite ones, Nor the cretins
We see their hunger and they're bitin but none of 'em eatin
Uh-un, don't care where you're from star you'll never be us
My lyrics are mags and you'll need a rag to sop up their wack ass...
Trust issues because music been misused, but we are the Vishnu
Of this ish dude, our music uplifts you as you continue to climb
And shine as bright as I’m or until stars resign
Mind’s Einstein with rhymes fresher than thyme or pine
Been in my prime with spittin design to give you classic tunes
Get in our way get hit with this spray that gives you acid wounds
Original man with lyrics and plans unlike these average coons
Hurling these bombs, the world in palm, I’m bout to grab the moon
Then I’ll get Mars, hit’em with bars, scratch that, harpoons
Hit’em so hard, get visions of stars at 3 in the afternoon
We puttin it down, ain’t fucking around with these rap baboons
Don’t monkey around with none of them clowns national lampoon’s
But we’re a national treasure, put that on your ledger,
Make sure that it’s bold in capital letters, feeling like Hannibal Lecter
It’s on should’ve been warned, yall are just entrees to us
Far from the norm of what we perform, it’s just spontaneous
I get lost in the moment, told‘em I am prone to black out
Bars as good as gold and I’m the chosen, mo’ than what they rap bout
To my father I am beholden, suppose that I would’ve told’em
That I’ve been posin’... after the scolding probably would’ve got smacked out
I don’t act out, I don’t act up I ain’t acting
That ain’t what my life bout I am active, I’m bout action
Fuck them what they chat bout need to wrap up all that rappin’
Runnin circles round these bamas man I’ll lap them and they’re faction…
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Stay in Peace.