SPACE NINJA

THE #AFRONAUT SAGA CONTINUES...

THE 3rd ALBUM FROM

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST/ DJ/ PRODUCER

MH THE VERB

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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 / JAZZ / LIVE BAND

ALBUM CREDITS

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 SOUND

FOR LISTENERS/ FANS OF :

THE ROOTS, ODDISEE, COMMON, 

LITTLE BROTHER, SOPHISTAFUNK, 

THE COUP, JURASSIC5

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 PROCESS

ALL SONGS PRODUCED BY:

ARTHOUSE95

PHILADELPHIA-BASED

MULTIMEDIA COLLECTIVE &

PRODUCTION TEAM 

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

THE ALBUM FEATURES ALL LIVE / ORGANIC

INSTRUMENTATION & PRODUCTION (NO MIDI)

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.

PREVIOUS RELEASES

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NINJA TURTLE: LIVE EP (2019)

MH the Verb - Afronaut (2017) - Album Ar

AFRONAUT (2017)

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THE BALLOON GUIDE (2014)

ASK QUESTIONS?

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.

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