Young Heavy Souls present their first official compilation album; 20 all-new tracks from a growing roster of skillful artists and producers. Get to know YHS:
These producers have captured their niche through unexplored sub-genres of hip-hop and electronic music. With their progressive sound, this body of work exemplifies what these artists value most – collaboration. Young Heavy Souls was established in 2011. Creative director, Matt Black cultivated a team of like-minded musicians, filmmakers, photographers, and graphic designers throughout the past three years.
“With this project we wanted to showcase our growth as a team as well as spread our music to new audiences. Young Heavy Souls is a family, and this project represents the spirit and sound of our crew,” explained Black.
The majority of the team consists of artists local to the Midwest, but they join forces with musical talents from all over the United States. All artists featured on the current roster have made themselves a valuable asset to this creation. Several guest contributing artists are featured, including Spankalicious, Eddie Logix, and Heavy Color. – Young Heavy Souls
Oak Street Market is the fourth album from Matt Black (Young Heavy Souls). The album showcases Black’s calm and confident delivery over a broad sonic palette of beats that range from sample-based Hip Hop, to Electro, and then some.
Among the guest lyricists and producers on OSM are Fess Grandiose, who joins Black on “New Wave,” produced by Nunca Duerma. Check out the cut below, then visit youngheavysouls.com to peep the rest of the album.
Download: Matt Black – Oak Street Market – Available on Young Heavy Souls Records
MC Friendly (Young Heavy Souls) pairs up with Anagram (Mental Elastic Dynasty) to drop this single from his upcoming EP. With Nortroniks helming the beat, the crew is intact- inviting listeners to take an introspective ride over soul samples and classic breaks.
Catch MC Friendly in Chicago on April 25th- live at the Tonic Room with fellow wordsmith and Grand Rapids resident, Matt Black.
MC Friendly jumps on the first track of Nunca D’s Dilated EP, garnishing “Sandwiches” with some fresh food for thought:
“I’ll tell you one thing I can’t stand/which is/the beefin’ in the whole ‘go ham’ business”
Kinda makes you hungry, no?
Filmed by: Zac Varela, Matt McFerrin, and Derek Wilds
Edited by: Matt McFerrin
Music: “Behind the Mirror,” Marcutio
This promotional reel was compiled by our friends over at Young Heavy Souls (YHS). Featuring highlights from their live events over the course of the last year, the video showcases some of the immense talent operating throughout the Michigan music scene.
Featured artists include:
Black Milk, Griz, MC Friendly, Clear Soul Forces, Elzhi, Shadow Attack, Ana Sia, Mexicans With Guns, Freddy Todd, Jaws That Bite, Duktap, Dayda, Mux Mool, Edsel Very, Opiuo, Dixon’s Violin, Nunca Duerma, Tree City, Marcutio, DeLaZoo, Matt Black, Ty Beat, One Be Lo, Cadillac Duke, Spankalicious, and more.
Matt Black (Black & Friendly, Young Heavy Souls) & Nunca Duerma performing “Lion’s Den” at BassBin- the premier Drum ‘n Bass/DubStep night, hosted by Billy’s Lounge in Grand Rapids, MI. Featuring Ty Beat on drums and Marcutio on the decks.