Hailing from the cloudy mountain peaks of Ketchikan, Alaska, Los Angeles-based emcee Art of Verse hails from a lineage and school of thought of hip-hop connected with the golden age.With three critically-acclaimed albums under his belt, AoV is back with another full-length effort. Except this time, the native Manileño has enlisted a little help from his friends. Teaming up with pianist/producer Dan Michael, the pair have set forth to bring together Datu Kayumanggi, their new six-piece hip-hop collective.
Stemming from a love of a specific brand of hip-hop, AoV x DM’s respect for tradition and fearless experimentation recently led to the release of Live At The Pie Vol. 1. Mixed with old material from AoV’s previous records, new material, and a few covers that celebrate the masters that left us in the previous year, Live At The Pie highlights 40+ minutes of music captured live in one take mixed with the limitless possibilities of the modern studio’s post-production capabilities.
“Channeling the Soulquarians as easily as they vamp on funky chords and foundational jazz, the crew piloted by MC Art of Verse and keyboardist DanMichael Reyes delivers a haunting and beautiful ode to the immigrant experience at a pivotal and politically fraught time in American history. Did I mention it also goes hard?” -Okayplayer
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