Hip Hop Artist’s Album Proves Why You Don’t Need a Dope Rhyme Over a Tight Beat


A futuristic stroll through, The Garden, with Substantial and his latest, a mood music offering.

Social Justice, Family, Education, and good vibes are just a few of the topics covered by prolific emcee, artist, and educator, Substantial, hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. For nearly 20 years, he’s given you stellar production paired with phenomenal lyrical commentary, working with legendary producers such as Odisee and Nujabes, though many times finding himself at the helm of his production and that of others.

With his latest release, The Garden, we see him highlight those skills providing a soundtrack to our social lives to be talked about for years to come. It’s an audible experience transcending sound by inspiring visual experiences via the album art and physical experiences through dance and movement the music naturally encourages. The melodies and instrumentation have a home in any setting. The bare tracks are fertile ground for the birth of classic soundtracks, radio hits, or scores. It is a timeless experience with a modern approach. On May 18th audiences will finally receive what they’ve been asking for. The full debut of The Garden, available everywhere.

Due to an overwhelming demand for an earlier release of the full album, a single, Beyond The Stage, an airy, virtual voyage into the nightlife beyond mics, stage lights, and soundboards, was released in late April courtesy of YouTube powerhouse music channel Chillhop Music. Substantial states that BTS “is an organic, melodic interpretation of the heartbeat of the nightlife. The things that motivate the players, socialites and everyone else in the scene, scouring hole in the wall lounges and bars in search of the perfect vibe.” Listeners are taken to another place.

That place and its accompanying vibe, will be crafted for guests at the Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center on June 22nd as Substantial and special guests, Awon, DJ: DJ ETN, and DJ JAV, present, The Garden, a family-friendly sensory experience listening party.

Prince George’s County Maryland born MC, Producer and Educator, Substantial, first made his debut in 2000 while working with the late Japanese producer, Nujabes. Since then, his soulful and introspective brand of Hip Hop music has received critical acclaim from EBONY & HipHopDX, his videos have appeared on MTV, VH1 and BET, he has performed around the world and collaborated with artists like Kool Herc, Oddisee & CunninLynguists while working with major brands such as Ford Motor Company, Amazon and UBER all while remaining a best kept secret.

With a slew of accomplishment under his belt in the music industry, what Substantial is most proud of is his youth advocacy work with children, teens and young adults. He has and still, in some cases, facilitates Hip Hop based programs for organizations such as Covenant House, Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Public Schools, The Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences & Maryland-National Park & Planning Commission in Washington, DC & Maryland.

For more details about Substantial, visit www.iamsubstantial.com

Kelly Davidson

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