September has been blessed to receive new rap album Home is Where the Art Is (2012): Substantial‘s third full-length that pays homage to Maryland as the place a part of his creative fruition.
2. See Hear feat. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress
3. Mr. Consistent
4. Neighborhood Watch feat. Acem
6. Check My Resume feat. DJ Jav
7. Make Believe
8. Make Up Sex feat. Olivier Daysoul & Deacon The Villain
9. Shit On My Lawn feat. DJ G.I. Joe
10. The Verge feat. Steph, The Sapphic Songstress
12. Grateful feat. Kenn Starr & Kokayi
Substantial has consistently come out with projects full of energy and grounded talent like his debut studio album To This Union A Sun Was Born (2001) and, one of 88′s favorites, Sacrifice (2007). Now in 2012, Substantial releases Home is Where the Art is featuring producers like Oddisee, Algorythm, M-Phazes, Slopfunkdust, Eric Lau, Street Orchestra, and Surrock who, all together, offer a diverse set of head-bangers ranging from dirty garage to soulful and funky and Substantial continues to deliver fresh and clever verses.
In ”Check My Resume”, Substantial sheds light on his past and how his rapping career has evolved to the current state it is today. Substantial also highlights issues he encounters in society on the track ”Make Believe” where he addresses the negative problems under a positive light.
Home is Where the Art Is is a down-to-earth, feel-good album that maintains integrity with a sure mix of entertainment that is hard to balance in today’s music culture. You can purchase a copy of the album digitally on iTunes, Bandcamp; as a CD on UGHH or AccessHipHop, or on vinyl at UGHH, AccessHipHop, or Vinylism to help maintain and progress independent hip-hop.
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