by Kyle Taylor |
Crisp and vivid, this week’s Funk Files release is a step out of our typical comfort zone. Philadelphia emcee and producer MH The Verb proudly unveils his latest creation: “Old Spoons”, also the final single to his ongoing ArtHouse95, Vol. 1 EP release (listen to the rest of the release HERE).
Produced by Ogi Feel the Beat out of Poland, the new track opens with an ensemble of swooning brass- yet, it is not long before before MH The Verb swoops in with a playful cadence of gruff, authentic lyricism. A bouncy vocal pattern is akin to the resonating bass plucks and loose percussion making up the single’s instrumental layer.
Be sure to further keep an eye out for MH The Verb this fall as he looks forward to the release of a new, self-produced beat tape, along with a slew of other unreleased material, and of course, more still to be announced performances right here in The City of Brotherly Love.
For more, check out our full, exclusive interview with MH The Verb below.
[PREMIERE] FunkFiles.029 :: MH The Verb – “Old Spoons” — Listen to the Full EP
|| INTERVIEW ||
Funkadelphia: “Are you originally born and raised in Philadelphia? If not, when did you come into the Philadelphia scene?”
MH The Verb: “‘People always think I’m from Philly, but I’m actually born and raised in New York. I’ve lived all over the U.S., though. I spent time on the West Coast, down south… I went to an art high school in South Florida; then I went to college in Pittsburgh. I even spent time in Montana and lived in Flint, Michigan for a minute as a kid. My dad worked in community development, so we moved around alot.”
Funkadelphia: “It seems at times that the hip hop scene is somewhat stale in Philadelphia – what are your thoughts on this statement?”
Funkadelphia: “Do you identify particularly with any certain style or subgenre of hip hop- or do you try to let all styles shine through in your project?“
Funkadelphia: “So you’re also a producer- about how much of your studio time do you spend on producing versus working on your vocals?“
MH The Verb: ” My goal over the last year was really to get back in the studio more. I just wanted to produce as much as possible, whether I was making beats, arranging, singing, rapping or DJing. I got to spend a ton of time working with my band and other musicians, and that was really fun.
I really love to work with live instruments and use those sounds to craft songs. Our process really starts with small ideas that I can bring to my team and we develop them organically from the bottom up- vocals are really just icing on the cake. We have tons of instrumental productions that will probably never see the light of day just sitting in our catalog- it’s just how it goes. Every time I release a project that’s ten songs, there’s probably another thirty to forty that never get released.”
Funkadelphia: “Does your creative process differ between writing vocals and producing; how so?”
Funkadelphia: “If you could collaborate with any emcee- alive or deceased- who would it be?”
MH The Verb: “That’s pretty easy… the Notorious B.I.G. would be my ultimate dream collaboration. He’s my favorite all-time rapper, I think because I’m a person who loves unique sounds, musicality and stories. I tend to respect the qualities of his voice as an instrument and his vivid rhymes. I also think it was such a shame and travesty that he was taken so early in his career. We never got to see the full expansion of his talent.
My honorable mentions are Gil Scott-Heron and Lauryn Hill.”
Funkadelphia: “Same question as the last, but this time what producer rather than emcee?”
Funkadelphia: “Are you more often listening to hip hop or other genres of music altogether?”
I recently found a record label called Soundway that does re-releases of 70’s afro-funk. I’m too into it!
Not ashamed to admit, I’m a sucker for pop music too- from all decades. It changes so much that it’s like a sociological study of people to experience the trends of music. Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Bay Area and listening to a lot of hyphy music.”
Funkadelphia: “Do you try to incorporate those other sounds into your music?”
Funkadelphia: “Do you have any formal musical training or education?”
My background really comes from all of my experiences and visual arts, theatre, acting, dance and my love and interest in people. I’ve always been really interested in history and psychology, and music is just as much part of those disciplines and virtues.
In college at the University of Pittsburgh I really began to explore the cultural aspects of music. I’ve always been a scholar in terms of how art and culture shape people’s experiences.”