Somebody get more Nocando tracks on Spotify, chop chop. This emcee has been bending my ear since I first caught a show back in ’08 (Low End possibly, back then they sold spiked brownies, so I don’t truly recall). Like many indie artists with ample time and creative license, it’s been hard to keep track of all creations. They seemingly appear out of nowhere and often are accompanied by a great anecdote. I’ll let the maestro describe his motivation for this one.
I flew regularly for 3 years straight. I still fly regularly, just not as much. In these 3 years I took over 250 flights. It sounds glamorous now but it was lonely, I found it difficult to relate to people, I got sick a lot and had a tweekers sleep schedule. Ironically on an International flight to either Japan or Australia I saw the movie up in the air for the 1st time, It made me sad as FUCK! With all of that I managed to make a love song out of it.
People who live in Los Angeles are very familiar with the phenomenon of classic “LA” figures that stand out for whatever eclectic reason and exist as a landmark within the city. Whether it’s that jogging guy in Silverlake (whom I believe passed somewhat recently) or the guy in the suit selling pies at Crenshaw and Jefferson during rush hour, there is an essence about the city that is punctuated by its characters. For Angelinos who listen to hip hop and care about the local artistry, an emcee by the name of Verbs is pretty hard to miss. He’s one of those guys who you will see everywhere, literally. Identified by his trademark red stocking cap and his denim vest with a plethora of pins, you can catch the man riding his bike around Leimert, or attending pretty much every event of note in the music scene, the man gets around. Well, apparently he’s able to sneak out of the city and get some work in after sharing the stage and performing with his crew The Swim Team at Paid Dues Music Festival 2012, VerBS released his single from his forthcoming The Progress EP 3: Manifest Awesome. This song contains samples of Janelle Monae, Mayer Hawthrone, Electronic composition by KnockSteady’s very own Duke Westlake. Next time you see the man, give the man a pat on his back for his efforts, maybe a bottle of water too, drink more.