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AAHH Chats With Mars Deli Of The Sativa Prophets

Mars is not new to this even though he might be new to you, welcome to history in the making.

Midwest City, Oklahoma, is home to Sativa Prophets, an award-winning collective of producers, emcees, visual artists, and musicians who pull together their unique skill sets for the common cause of propelling each other forward. And over the last year they’ve done just that — made noise. They’ve rocked Norman Music Festival, Center of The Universe Festival, World Culture Music Festival, and Indigo Fest, as well as opened for major acts like Waka Flocka, Desiigner, and MMG artist Stalley.


“Though the group provides plenty of its verbal acrobatics, to see the Sativa Prophets hip-hop collective perform live is more than watching a group of emcees speaking their best rhymes into a microphone. It is high-octane performance art.” — Oklahoma Gazette

One of the collective’s members is making 2018 a breakout year on a solo tip — Mars Deli, who has been well-known for bringing high octane performances to the group. “Been making music consecutively for 15 years,” he tells AAHH. His eclectic style is the result of a unique set of influences melded together. “My [biggest] influences have got be George Clinton, Trick Daddy and Yung Nation,” he says with a laugh.

Though he’s been busy building the collectives brand, he’s been busy, and this year will be no different. “I’ve released five projects in the past two years,” he reveals, “currently I’m working on a few joint projects as well as an official second album.” If you find it difficult to put a handle on his sound, that’s by design. “I wanna say my sound is trap, but like space trap,” he says. “Like, I talk about drugs, bitches, and various [dope] shit, but I also have songs about astral projection and what my crystals mean.”

As he further explains, this upcoming LP will work to open his brand up to an even more comprehensive array of listeners. “This next project I’m working on is gonna show my versatility in a major way,” he says.

His most significant moment thus far? Well, it may not be what you think. “I feel like one of my biggest accomplishments has to be getting to open for ICP,” he tells us. “Mind you, I don’t make anything close to what ICP does. Getting to crowd surf with the Juggalos [was amazing] … they made us family that night.”

“This past year my group went on tour, played multiple sold-out shows and won an award for best group at the Oklahoma Hip-Hop Awards,” he says proudly — noting that he and his team are doing everything but slow down. “I plan to extend my brand into fashion and entertainment. Not so much being in movies, but directing, scoring, and production. Like, you don’t see me, but I’m there.”

You can check out his debut LP, below.

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Vegas Rapper Real Talk Is “The King Slayer Turned King”

The best part about being a writer is discovering dope new music; this week I was put on to an…

The best part about being a writer is discovering dope new music; this week I was put on to an artist who—though far from new—was new to my radar. Chicago-born Real Talk The Metaphor Messiah, currently living in Vegas, dropped a new project entitled King Slayer Turned King, and I’m here for it!

At seven songs in length, the record feels kind of like tuning into season six of an HBO series and hoping to catch on. Not that you get lost—as there isn’t any continuity-based conceptual songwriting happening. Instead, he is exceptionally polished, lending to the fact that this isn’t his first project, and much of the non-rapping dialogue focuses on his legacy.

I did some digging around before giving the LP a third spin; he has a lot of great material in his catalog; what stands out is his diversity, traversing empowering content, social commentary, and good old fashioned bars. It doesn’t necessarily subscribe to a particular lane, so I’m having a difficult time making specific comparisons, but check out these records for a great idea of what he’s on.


“A lot of artists come out and only talk about one thing … and that one thing isn’t something they live.”
—Real Talk

Now, a few facts that will add context to his new project. First is his relationship with producer Geesus. “[We’ve been working together for] about ten years … he’s been doing my beats for a long time, and he’s my best friend,” he tells AAHH. This is vital, as he produces most of the LP, and he also has an interlude.

The second fact, back in 2016 he lost his eyesight for about seven months—something he overcame after having surgery to reattach his retinas. It’s something that comes up quite a bit on the project and isn’t just a metaphor…it’s a literal reference to an experience that profoundly changed his outlook.

“God MC’s don’t die,” he states on the outro of the opening track, “Hip Hop Is Mine.” The record has a serious bop—and Real Talk is in his pocket off the rip. His bars and delivery are on point. “Niggas all fake fucking You-Tube rappers,” he raps.

“War Games” is another standout. With a super interesting instrumental—the sample almost has a regal feel to it.

“Baal” is a dope track; Real Talk has a 90s Hip Hop influence—and this instrumental and flow highlight that. This one was (according to what I’ve been able to ascertain) was the first track he laid down following his Euro tour.

He gave this one a visual treatment, check that out below.

Look, at seven tracks (a few of which are interludes) it’s a light listen that begs for a few complete run throughs. His catalog of visuals are impressive; not only is quality there, but the plays are crazy. Also—again—he’s touring and making noise. As the project ends with the piano-driven title track, he solidifies himself as a voice that will lead us to the “truth.” Whether or not you honestly believe that, he’ll point you in a different, more positive direction than plenty of records forced into your personal space.

Give it a spin.

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Producer MAPS Is Holding Producers Down With His New Brand

Instrumental Connect—the brainchild of Mario Paez, better known as MAPS—is a new brand providing top-quality beats to rappers at all…

Instrumental Connect—the brainchild of Mario Paez, better known as MAPS—is a new brand providing top-quality beats to rappers at all levels. MAPS got his start playing in punk and indie bands before shifting his focus to specialize in hip-hop; that was eight years. Today, he confidently tells AAHH that many SoundCloud rappers have already used his services, most notably Young Sev Da Truth and also FLA Amazin.

Mario states that Instrumental Connect provides “creatives their ultimate need; endless choices of ‘blank’ musical canvases (instrumentals) for them to write to.”

One thing that sets his brand apart is the commercial use of the beats. “Upon download of any beat, the downloader has full, unlimited commercial rights to that beat. No fancy licensing contracts, no limit on where the downloader can use it,” he says. “The beat is completely theirs to do what they want with it.”

With that in mind, there are exclusive options available—dependant on artist budget.

To take listen to his professionally mixed, mastered, and ready for commercial distribution beats, check out the Spotify stream below. The website is currently in development.

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Finessen’s New Single Belongs On Your Playlist

Atlanta, Georgia, continues to be a hotbed of emerging talent poised to make waves in the industry; Finessen, who grew…

Atlanta, Georgia, continues to be a hotbed of emerging talent poised to make waves in the industry; Finessen, who grew up listening to the likes of Tupac, Bob Marley, Drake, Aaliyah, and Lil Wayne is a 22-year-old with a unique sound, especially coming from his region. He’s been making music (professionally) for a year now and is beginning to pick up steam.

His newest single, “Sidney Poitier,” is a piano-driven banger produced by Jenius. A reference to the iconic actor, the song straddles a trap-hop and R&B vibe, with pretty dope results. Check out the track, below.

If you’re feeling Finessen, you can also check out his single “1 Time,” which we recently added to our on-going Tidal playlist.

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Rapper Pop Malcolm Shows “The Real Superpower” On New LP

Rapper Pop Malcolm straight out of Houston, Texas — the chopped-and-screwed capital of the world — is going full steam…

Rapper Pop Malcolm straight out of Houston, Texas — the chopped-and-screwed capital of the world — is going full steam ahead with his latest release, the 15 song The Real Superpower. With a unique cadence that stands out from other artists reppin his section, he has a smooth, soulful style that compliments an excellent beat selection.

“My music is at another level,” he tells AAHH. “I just need it [to get] out into the world. I’ve been rapping and recording my music since I was 15.” Pop makes all his music in his one bedroom apartment. “I saved up money and made myself an easy to pick up and move little studio with an audio booth around the mic, gaming PC and interface for the mic and headphones.”

One notable “power” on the project is its production, which was restricted to just two emcees, resulting in a remarkably cohesive top to bottom experience.

“For the production on my project I only used two producers,” he continues. “My main — and my favorite — producer Rob Kelly beats, and the very talented Donato beats.” As he explains, he discovered both on YouTube. “I stay in close contact with Rob, he makes the beats, and I do everything else, I keep it as in-house as possible.”

The LP has a few standouts; the most notable being “Heat Heat,” with its R&B tinged best with its hard-hitting kick drums intertwined with Pop’s barrage of bars. As well, the opener “Ric Flair” has already done some numbers — for a good reason.

“Made For TV” is also a gem tucked in the track listing with Pop’s sing-song flow and super hype instrumental.

All in all, Pop Malcolm’s latest effort brings the goods and is well worth a run through.


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