- UllNevaNo (pictured) recently told me “I can’t remember the last time I had writer’s block.” And the rapper, who grew up in Southern California and moved to Baltimore in 2007, can back up that claim with his recent output. Earlier this month he released “I WONDER what color ima use next,” rapping over beats by 9th Wonder as a sequel to previous projects in which he used instrumentals by his favorite producers (Kev Brown on “The Color Brown,” Evidence on “The Color Purple”). “I told myself, I am not gonna pick notable 9th Wonder beats, I just wanted to touch instrumentals that a lot of people are not familiar with,” he says of the obscure beat choices on the mixtape. But UllNevaNo also has a stable of producers that he works with on original material, including longtime collaborator Logic Marselis. They released “The Reboot EP” together in April, and they’re currently working on another album. UllNevaNo’s next project that should be out in the next few months is the “Confidence Is Everything EP,” with Virginia producer Illien.
- Ab-Soul, a member of the west coast rap supergroup Black Hippy, is on tour in support of his recently released album “These Days . . .” with J. Cole sidekick Bas. Their Baltimore Soundstage show on Saturday, Oct. 4 will feature opening sets from Baltimore rappers Greenspan and TT The Artist.
- The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will screen the hip-hop documentary “The Curators Volume 1: The Story of Independence “ on Saturday, Oct. 4. The film, produced by the organization The Curators of Hip Hop, profiles five young artists embarking on their early careers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion as well as a live performance by Baltimore rap veteran Skarr Akbar. One of the artists featured in “The Curators” is the Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper Logic, who will be releasing his debut album “Under Pressure” on Def Jam on Oct. 21.
- The Baltimore Arena, which was just deflatingly renamed Royal Farms Arena, will host the Hip Hop Legends Tour on Friday, Oct. 10. The bill ranges from bellowing turn-of-the-century superstars DMX and Ja Rule to golden-age heroes Rakim, EPMD, and Kool Moe Dee.
- Mania Music Group rapper Kane Mayfield has been steadily releasing quality one-off tracks for a while since his last full-length project. And the latest and perhaps best of those recent tracks, ‘Identity,’ which features Greenspan singing on the hook, is getting a video soon. Check out the lyrically intricate track at soundcloud.com/kanemayfield.
- This month BMore Ben, an artist who’s performed all over the city, sometimes opening local shows for artists such as Yo Gotti and Gorilla Zoe, released a compilation of the best of his many mixtapes. “The Best of BMore Ben” spans over 50 tracks, including songs such as ‘Ratchet City’ and ‘Hay Baltimore’ and a freestyle live on the air on 92Q. The mixtape can be downloaded at Datpiff.com.
Al ShipleyCity Paper