The Cool is inspired by Miles Davis, Gil Evans and co.’s The Birth of the Cool; a collaborative project of a similar nature that gave rise to the “cool jazz” movement of the 1950s and 60s. Just as Davis and co.’s sound brought a seemingly watered-down “bop” era back to its jazz roots, The Cool aims to bring jazz hip-hop back to its American boom-bap roots and provide a sound-scape enjoyable for listeners in Japan and across the world. Without further ado, Marcus D & AbsolutZero proudly present to you, volume one of The Cool.
Back in 2011 Baltimore emcee Substantial was facing the possibility of cancer. He ended up having preventive surgery and while laid up, decided to start working on a tribute album to Jill Scott, one of his biggest influences. It was his was of staying busy while healing, and at the same time to give people their roses while they could still smell them. The result is a free project Substantial calls “Jackin’ Jill” – a tribute project from built by “Jackin” music from various Jill Scott releases. This collection of reworks and remixes of her work blended by DJ Jav form a cohesive pseudo collaboration focused on life, love & music.
Today, as Substantial heads back into the doctor’s for a follow up examine 2 years later, we are unveiling the cover art (drawn by Substantial himself) from the 17 track project. Additionally, we’re giving listeners a taste of what’s to come with the track “Golden Lady” – a reworking of the amazing Stevie Wonder track from “Innervisions” that Substantial uses to play off the track Golden from Jill Scott’s Beautifully Human album (the last song Kool Herc played at Substantial’s wedding). Substantial adds to this Marcus D produced tribute track the gorgeous vocals of Steph The Sappic Songstress. Be sure to listen to Marcus D on piano throughout as well. The result is a richly layered, beautiful new track from one of Baltimore’s most thoughtful and talented artists, Substantial.
Substantial “Home Is Where The Art Is” continues to grace speakers domestically and internationally after having gained critical acclaim a few months back. Since releasing the Oddisee executive produced album, Substantial has done a quick tour with Diamond District emcee yU, dropped a few bonus tracks with Oddisee, Homeboy Sandman, and others, and even was invited to do an akapelah show at the Smithsonian in DC.
“Speak about it, Then I be about it.”
For the album cut “Resilient” Substantial brings on Seattle producer and Bop Alloy partner Marcus D to provide a smoothed out, jazz infused remix. The track, originally produced by Eric Lau, is a testament to the strength it takes to claim your identity and walk your own path. The Marcus D jazz remix is a perfect fit for the reflective & uplifting declarations of Substantial.
Before I ever started making beats or even learned to play piano, my older brother was given a SNES. From the first moment a controller was put in my hands, a defining impact was stamped into my ear for music. I’m not alone. And this project is for the millions who were raised on 16 bit. This is for the millions who have heard the incredible compositions, created on less than capable technology and have kept them in a special place in their memory.
David Stones leaks a new bonus track “Get At You” featuring Mark Jonas & produced by Marcus D.
Who is David Stones?
David Blake, better known to many by his stage name, David Stones was born July 31st 1988 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. David Stones is the Co-founder of the District of Hip Hop aka the DOHH Squad and also the cousin of Kenyatta Blake aka Buckshot who is a fellow Brooklyn-bred emcee and CEO of the storied independent label, Duck Down Music Inc…