“Epochis an emotional record about being mentally compromised during COVID. I started writing Epoch in July of 2020 with production by Big Lo (Pensacola, FL). The goal was to document the feelings that kept revolving in my mind, all the terrible/beautiful thoughts wound together creating a timestamp for my depression. These feelings are valid and need to be nursed and if not faced they can become monsters you find under the bed. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to release this project for Freecember this year. It was a light at the end of the tunnel with so many detours in between, 2020 has been a challenge for all of us and I sincerely hope you find something in this project that will keep you going like it did for me. Thank you for listening, thank you for the support, peace love and light.”
Anthony Maintain, Virgil Wolfe, Two Weeks Notice (Mikal Khill and TribeOne) and myself recently joined K Death on the Moodhouse Podcast to discuss any and everything #FREEcember and Fake Four Inc. I could go into details here, but conversations like this are best experienced via direct listen. Check out the link above, or catch the Moodhouse Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts online.
If there were an underground MC whose musings I wouldn’t mind listening to in a collective, non-album intended format, I’d imagine it’d be Virgil Wolfe, based simply on their penchant for deep analytical thought and the skill of wording the unique way they views the world. With B-Sides, a project released on Bandcamp‘s September-edition of their revenue sharing special, we get the closest thing to a free roam through Virgil Wolfe‘s mind that I imagine we are able to get… musical sketches, abstract and experimental sequences and a handful of proper songs make up the project, all with a surprisingly strong ability to hold together despite their different reasons for and times of creation. If you’re looking for a chance to support a true original, definitely drop a few bucks for Virgil Wolfe, and if nothing else, share this one around for others to take part in.
This past weekend, I took part in The Wild Rumpus 48, a monthly event curated by Grid Squid Entertainment that is currently held at Kiva Lounge & Bar in San Marcos. The homie Virgil Wolfe was in attendance, and after rocking a spur of the moment set, he was gracious enough to capture my performance of Just To Be Clear, the last single I’ve released from most recent collaborative effort with Lo Phi, Uncanny Valley. I almost got through the whole thing, but a slight (hilarious) distraction in the audience caused me to take a freestyling detour to wrap things up. Definitely happy this one was captured, however, as it’s been a while since I’ve seen myself on stage.
After hearing the twentytwo single, I’ve been eager for the release of Wolfe & Bear, the collaborative effort featuring Virgil Wolfe and Cunabear on lyrical duty and Vast Ness on production, all representing BearTooth Collective. Luckily for me, the entire project follows the path laid by twentytwo, using lush, mellow production as a bed for lyrics that cover a wide range of topics, feelings and emotions. This is hip-hop that feels like a good conversation with like-minded friends that leaves you feeling better than you did when you arrived. Hopefully, these five songs are just the beginning of something bigger, but for now, be sure to check this one out, share it around, and cop it if you can.
Collaborative musicmaking can be a truly magical thing. For example, it seems like Qualms had a track that could easily be showcased on a Lo Fi Hip-Hop Beats to Study To YouTube stream. Virgil Wolfe has a penchant for dropping introspective, moving, thought-provoking lyrics… turns out Qualms does as well. Luckily for us, the two put their heads together, and the result is C O N T A C T, a true headphone masterpiece. Virgil is on a monster run this summer, low key dropping gem after gem, so if you’re not already hip to his Soundcloud page, now would be a good time to do so. Check out the track, heart it up and leave a comment, and share it around for others to do the same!
Virgil Wolfe apparently has Open Heart Daydream, his latest project, on deck and ready for release this fall via BearTooth Collective, so it’s only proper that he let the rollout begin. Wolfe is using the video for his first single, On A Whim, to provide those not lucky enough to see him perform live just a small taste of the energy he can bring to his song when on the stage. The beat is on point, the performance is strong, and Wolfe even takes a bit of time to let himself be in the moment, much to the joy of the camera (and us by extension). Definitely check this one out, like it and leave a comment, and spread the word so others can do the same!
I love it when a plan comes together. After watching the homie Virgil Wolfe build a bond with cunabear and the BearTooth Collective for the past year or two, it comes as no surprise that the two have teamed up with producer vast ness to create Wolfe & Bear. Their first single, twentytwo, is the perfect sonic encapsulation of the trio : the track by vast ness sets the storybook-esque tone beautifully, cunabear makes his presence felt firmly and soundly in the opening verse, and Virgil Wolfe pops up on the track while darting around the rhythm with his signature cleverly textured lines. I’m definitely on board for the Wolfe & Bear EP (coming this August), and you should be too. Pass this single around to help build the buzz.