Happy to announce that my song The Sub Way ft. Precious Joubert, produced by Marcus D, was licensed by Über for their #UberSummerSeries.
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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 [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.
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
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
For the second single off their new EP Always, Maryland emcee Substantial and Brooklyn producer Algorythm link with QN5’s Tonedeff and Bop Alloy producer Marcus D for the fan favorite, “Tony Stanza”.
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 Always. Always is the second of three EPs leading up to Substantial’s upcoming fourth studio album, The Past Is Always Present In The Future. Always 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.
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.
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.