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Substantial & Marcus D (Bop Alloy): Party With Purpose [New Single Off Upcoming EP, Present]

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 BandcampPresent drops on May 27th. Cover art painting by Lionel Frazier White III.

Substantial & Marcus D: 'Better To Give' Tour (Recap) + Follow The Master (Live)

SUBSTANTIAL & MARCUS D
AS BOP ALLOY

BETTER TO GIVE TOUR [RECAP]
+
"FOLLOW THE MASTER" [LIVE]

At the end of March, Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) completed their second West Coast Tour in four months with support from LA producer, Trebles and Blues and Seattle MC, LaRue. They started in Seattle, made stops in Olympia, San Francisco and Berkeley, before closing the tour in LA.

Here’s video footage of Substantial performing ‘Follow The Master’ at The Rendezvous Jewel Box Theatre. Video shot and edited by Paul Hong. Follow The Master b/w Cool Mornings (featuring Deborah Bond) Limited Edition 7” Vinyl (signed or unsigned) is still available while supplies last.

WATCH VIDEO

For more tour photos and video, click the image below and you can also search #BetterToGiveTour on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Special thanks to official Better To Give Tour sponsor, Blue Marble Apparel for keeping the guys fresh and of course all of the fans who came out to support. Stay tuned for a big announcement next week as we prepare to release, Substantial & Marcus D’s newest EP, Present.

Substantial & Marcus D (Bop Alloy) 'Better To Give' Tour

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* 
*Private Event
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

[PRE-ORDER] Substantial 7″ Vinyl Single + Snapback

HiPNOTT RECORDS TEAMS WITH ORIGU
TO RELEASE SUBSTANTIAL SINGLE ON 7″ VINYL

“FOLLOW THE MASTER” PRODUCER: THE OTHER GUYS B/W
“COOL MORNINGS” (FT. DEBORAH BOND) PRODUCER: ALGORYTHM

PRE-ORDER NOW. VINYL SHIPS OCTOBER 9TH.

Origu & HiPNOTT Records present the funky “Follow The Master” and the relaxing grooves of “Cool Mornings” featuring some soulful vocals from Deborah Bond on limited edition 7″ vinyl.  “Follow The Master”, produced by The Other Guys, was originally released on The Past… EP, whereas “Cool Mornings” can be found on Substantial & Algorhytm’s Always EP.

Pre-order the vinyl single now at Origu, get a signed copy on Bandcamp, and watch Substantial talk about this release on Youtube. The vinyl single drops October 9th!

PRE-ORDER | PRE-ORDER SIGNED COPY

As an added bonus, we’re also happy to announce that Substantial has partnered with Distancer & Link6 in South Korea to present the official Substantial Snapback. It is available for purchase on Bandcamp and directly from Distancer in South Korea.

ORDER SUBSTANTIAL SNAPBACK

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

[NEW RELEASE] Happy Holidays… From HiPNOTT Records

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM
HiPNOTT RECORDS

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW COMPILATION
OF PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS

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 is available now for free download as our holiday gift to you. Check out the tunes and view the accompanying video holiday cards from our artists.

STREAM / DOWNLOAD

TRACKLIST:

  1. Substantial - 360 Degrees (feat. Gods'Illa) [prod by The Other Guys]
  2. The Other Guys - Must Be Crazy
  3. Don Speaks - Ape Shit (Von Pea Remix)
  4. Confidence - Paradise (feat. Kimba)
  5. Amiri - I Got This
  6. SciFi Stu - On My Level (feat. Mavelous Mag, IV, Smoovth, and Chinch 33)
  7. Carolina Dirty - All I See (feat. Audessey) [prod by Billy Beats]
  8. Gods'Illa - Navigate (feat. Joe D)
  9. MidaZ The BEAST - The Man The Myth (feat. DJ SPS) [prod by Oh No]
  10. MarQ Spekt - Guidance [prod by Lex Boogie]
  11. Von Pea - Monday [prod by The Other Guys]
  12. The Regiment - Blow My Mind (The Other Guys Remix)

ABOUT HiPNOTT Records:

HiPNOTT Records  was founded in 2009 by hip hop blogger  Kevin Nottingham  (of KevinNottingham.com ) in an effort to release good music by artists that deserve to be heard. This is the first instance of a hip hop blogger branching out to form an independent label.

HiPNOTT Records’ goal is to continuously build their artists’ resumes and consistently develop an image that hip hop will have no choice but to admire. With Kevin Nottingham at the helm, a man who certainly respects the past, present, and future of the genre, it is hard to deny the capability of reaching these goals amongst others.

CONNECT WITH HiPNOTT:

TWITTER HANDLES: @Substizzle | @TanyaMorgan | @TheRegiment | @OtherGuysMusic | @BeatsBaby | @ConfidenceBeats | @SciFiStu | @Godsilla | @MarqSpekt | @Midaz | @Carolina_Dirty | @HiPNOTT

[NEW MUSIC] Substantial - 360 Degrees f. Gods'Illa (Prod by The Other Guys) + Holiday Vid Card

SUBSTANTIAL
"360 DEGREES"
FEATURING GODS'ILLA
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.

STREAM / DOWNLOAD

ALSO AVAILABLE: Bop Alloy 'Winter Breaks' on Bandcamp & Spotify

[NEWS] Substantial Signs Deal with HiPNOTT Records - Download New Track 'Splendor'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2014

MARYLAND MC SUBSTANTIAL (OF BOP ALLOY)
SIGNS DEAL WITH HiPNOTT RECORDS

DOWNLOAD THE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK
"SPLENDOR"
PROD BY SATELLITE 12 (MEGADEMUS & R.M.S.)

HiPNOTT Records is proud to announce today that we have signed a multi project deal with Maryland MC Substantial. This deal solidifies Substantial as a HiPNOTT recording artist and enables him to be one of the premier artists on the label.

"Signing Substantial to HiPNOTT was a no brainer. Along with talent and experience, Substantial brings a big fanbase with him to the label. He has a very genuine personality and his style fits in perfectly with what we represent at HiPNOTT. We welcome him to the family with open arms!" Kevin Nottingham, owner of HiPNOTT Records.

As a 13 year veteran in Hip Hop, Substantial is probably best known for his work with legendary Japanese produce Nujabes and his duo Bop Alloy with Marcus .  He has collaborated with the likes of Oddisee, Kool Herc, Cunninlynguists, Bootsy Collins, and many more. His 2012 album, Home Is Where The Art Is (Mello Music Group), was revered by hip hop fans worldwide.

In 2015, look out for a trio of EPs to be released from Substantial; each produced by different producers. Closing out the year will be his next official full length album.

o celebrate in today's announcement, we are unearthing a previously unreleased track, "Splendor", produced by Satellite 12 (Megamus & R.M.S.) for Red Planet Music. Grab the free download below.

FREE DOWNLOAD

ABOUT SUBSTANTIAL:

When Stan B. Robinson was given the moniker, Substantial, the Maryland born MC was anxious to know why the name was chosen for him. His friend replied, “It’s a word with many meanings, mostly positive. Real, strong, essential, influential. It represents the music you make.” The bar was set high from the onset.

With his 1st album, To This Union A Sun Was Born (Hyde Out Productions) Substantial delivered a critically acclaimed debut album after being sought out by the late Nujabes, who also produced most of the record. His 2nd album and QN5 Music debut, Sacrifice, also well received, landed him on MTV, BET & VH1.  When Sub’s 3rd album, Home Is Where The Art Is was released by Mello Music Group in 2012Ebony.com said “you need this in your life if you’re a lover of hip-hop.”  Substantial has also released several mixtapes, group projects and compilations including his popular tribute to Philadelphia songstress, Jill Scott, entitled Jackin’ Jill.

Mello Music Group Producer/MC Oddisee had this to say about his DMV brethren: “Substantial got an ill flow. His cadence is so rhythmic, so razor sharp and it’s so consistent… But the subject matter of the music isn’t compromised by him always trying to deliver some pristine delivery …you get style and substance.”

His top notch skills and unique baritone vocals have taken him around the globe touring various countries in Asia, Europe & North America. He has collaborated with a long list of artists which includes names like the legendary Godfather of Hip Hop, Kool Herc, Bootsy Collins, all-star rockers Gene Simmons & Bruce Kulick of KISS, Oddisee, CunninLynguists, GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Carolyn Malachi, Marcus D & electronic music producers Chew Fu & Ferry Corsten to name a few.

With a slew of accomplishment under his belt in the music industry, what Substantial is most proud of his youth advocacy work with children, teens and young adults. He has and still, in some cases, facilitates Hip Hop based programs for organizations such as Covenant House, Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland-National Park & Planning Commission in Washington, DC & Maryland.

Adding a new chapter to his quietly impressive career, Substantial has returned to the studio to work on his 4th solo album. The new LP will feature production from OddiseeMarcus DAlgorythm (of The Stuyvesants), & The Other Guys. Given his track record so far, you know Substantial will live up to his name and set the bar higher this time around.

CONNECT WITH SUBSTANTIAL:

TWITTER HANDLES:

  • @substizzle
  • @HiPNOTT

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[AUDIO] HiPNOTT Records Presents The Platform EP

Peace World. Check out the latest news from brothers at HiPNOTT Records. Big news coming soon from Substantial & HiPNOTT coming soon. Enjoy & stay tuned!

ABOUT THE EP
HiPNOTT Records has partnered with UK’s DJ Crank to bring to you The Platform: HiPNOTT Radio. Each Friday evening, DJ Crank will be playing the hottest underground Hip Hop selections along with the newest HiPNOTT joints. This is a radio show that you won’t want to miss!

To celebrate the debut of the show, we’re offering a free download of some of our biggest hits from this year in The Platform EP. Included in the EP are tracks from The Regiment, The Other Guys, Amiri, MarQ Spekt, SciFi Stu, Price Stylez, Carolina Dirty, and P.SO the Earth Tone King. Download it now below and tune into The Platform each Friday evening at 5pm Eastern Time at radio.hipnottrecords.com.

[MUSIC] The Other Guys – Seeds of Ambition (Album Stream)

After years of producing for artists such as Homeboy Sandman, Substantial, Tanya Morgan, Sadat X (Brand Nubian), yU, and Fresh Daily as well as releasing their music independently, DMV duo The Other Guys sign to HiPNOTT Records to release their official debut album, Seeds of Ambition.

Fully produced by The Other GuysSeeds of Ambition includes features from yU (of Diamond District),Substantial, as well as Tanya Morgan on the lead single “Blow My Mind”.

Seeds of Ambition is available now on HiPNOTT Records. Grab the album at iTunes (mp3) and UGHH(Compact Disc) and stream the album in its entirety on Bandcamp and DJBooth.

STREAM THE ALBUM

PURCHASE THE ALBUM:

ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS:

Mighty Joe & Isaiah “Insanate” Mensah are the alternative hip hop group The Other Guys, and yes before you ask, their name predates the Will Ferrell movie. The two musicians are both cousins and hail from the Washington, DC area. The Other Guys began producing together back in 2006. They have produced for and worked with artist such as Homeboy SandmanSubstantial,Tanya MorganSadat X (Brand Nubian), yU, and Fresh Daily.

In 2012, The Other Guys walked away from panhandling beats to underground artist, and began releasing their own EPs independently. “The Other Album” which they released in 2012 was received with critical acclaim. Their Instrumental project “The Week EP” was rated as one of the Top 25 Instrumental Projects of 2013 by DEADENDHIPHOP.

Utilizing an eclectic assortment of samples, live drums, analog keyboards, and discussing “everyday man” issues, The Other Guys’ music is a testament to what hip-hop music used to be, as well as what it could be.

CONNECT WITH THE OTHER GUYS: