Could've downloaded for free with a bandcamp ripper, but this is worth the money - thanks for making music. With Smoke M2D6 on production - I'm down. Hey, make the album cover into a shirt, please...
Northwest hip hop heavyweights Illmac and Goldini Bagwell have been creating music together for roughly a decade as members of Portland’s renowned Sandpeople crew. Now they’re combining forces as a duo with their brand new Ethereal LP out August 18th on Heaven Noise Recordings. Boasting production from Smoke M2D6 of Oldominion and additional vocals from singer/songwriter Little Warrior, Ethereal covers a lot of musical and conceptual ground within its 11 tracks. “Collard Greens” finds the two emcees reflecting on the wear and tear of their daily grind with a soulful, laid-back vibe. The mood darkens on the emotionally charged “Unbreakable” – a song about moving forward after painful experiences with a determined-to-heal resolve. Though both rappers are able to hold their own in the punchline and battle rap arena, much of the album focuses on matters of the heart.
The pair work and build off of each other’s lyrics in a way that most other duos can’t. While Illmac has been dubbed one of the best battle rappers of his time due to his rise through the Grind Time & King Of The Dot ranks, Goldini has been garnering his own accolades through recent releases like the well received Smoker’s Jacket single series, as well as touring throughout the country. Combined these guys have more time on the mic than most rappers will see in a lifetime. Their polished expertise shines over Smoke M2D6’s production for an experience that is rightfully described as Ethereal.
released August 18, 2017
All songs written by Illmac & Goldini Bagwell
All songs produced by Smoke M2D6
Additional vocals by Little Warrior
Artwork by Chomsky