THE #AFRONAUT SAGA CONTINUES...
MH THE VERB
37+ MINS OF LIVE BAND :
ORGANIC HIP HOP / FUNK & JAZZ FUSION FROM PHILADELPHIA
RELEASE DATE : FRI 02/28/2020
LABEL : ARTHOUSE95 / FOUR FINGER DISTRO
GENRE : HIP HOP / FUNK / LIVE BAND
RECENT PRESS & MEDIA
ALL SONGS PRODUCED BY:
MULTIMEDIA COLLECTIVE &
MH the Verb : vocals/ dj/ drum programming
Logan Roth : keyboards/ synth
Arjun Dube : drums/ percussion
Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble : producer/ synth
Johann Sebastian : bass/ mixing engineer
Chena Kovax : vocals
Evan “dataf1ow” Bogunia : bass
Kuf Knotz : vocals
Christine Elise : vocals/ harp
Drusef : vocals
GR Stone : keys
Will Mandell : production/ horns
Executive Producer: MH the Verb
Co-Executive Producer: Johann Sebastian for The Juicebox
Associate Producer: George “Cylon” Casseus
Arranging Producer: Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble for Captain Coolout Music/ASCAP
All Songs Mixed & Mastered by: Johann Sebastian for The Juicebox
Album Art photographed by: David Hiltbrand for City Blights
Album Art designed by: Fresh Daily
Art direction by: MH the Verb
The process featured multiple studio sessions including a 2-day retreat at Turtle Studios in Philadelphia (as seen in the BTS video). We recorded improvisational jams based off of production ideas I had create while on tour laying the ground work for months of editing these incredibly complex 10+min jams into shorter song arrangements. Engineer and co-producer, Johann Sebastian and I corresponded cross country to build the album and create a sonic impression that captured the essence of the live Philly hip hop sound.
THE ALBUM FEATURES
ALL LIVE / ORGANIC
INSTRUMENTATION & PRODUCTION (NO MIDI)
FOR LISTENERS/ FANS OF :
THE ROOTS, ODDISEE, COMMON,
LITTLE BROTHER, THE COUP, SOPHISTAFUNK,
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
My goal was to blend the influence of east coast jazzy boom bap with west coast spacey funk. I began heavily studying how artists like The Coup used funk to promote the energy of their activism. I studied the dynamic of the drum snares and fills from bands like The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, and more recently Oddisee. I also decided to really focus on the abstract song structures that would drive the message of the album in a similar fashion to Outkast's "Stankonia" and Q-Tip's "The Renaissance". I felt using the automated computer vocal interludes would be a nice homage to Tribe's "Midnight Marauders".
THE WORD "NINJA"
Lyrically, the album is about connecting generations. We use the word "Ninja" out of respect for the ancestors and to empower generational communication. I got the idea from speaking with elders in my community who expressed their issues with the language of modern hip hop and specifically the use of the word, "Nigga". In my Afronaut mission... I believe, whether we agree or not, we must learn to make respectful comprises in order to move the culture forward while honoring the past. I'm looking to use this project to promote conversations between generations as we gear up for movement in 2020.