The Garden

by Substantial

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Substantial defines "The Garden", his debut instrumental LP, as a photo album. A collection of self produced instrumentals and photography. This is a new chapter in his nearly 20 year career by bringing his other talents to the forefront to give a more complete picture of his artistry.

Substantial attended Suitland High School's Center for Visual & Performing Arts. During his time there, is where he began producing beats using two gemini DJ samplers and an old cassette deck. After graduating, he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he began making a name for himself as a MC while producing, so he would have original tracks to rhyme to. Over the years, working with producers such as Nujabes, Oddisee, M-Phazes, Kno of Cunninlynguists and others, he has become known not only for his introspective lyrics but his ear for beats. After working on production in the shadows and teaching music production to teens for years, Substantial is ready to bring his beats into the light and debut as a producer.

Visually, The Garden's album art is centered around photos of flowers captured mostly at the Bronx Botanical Garden over a two year period. Each flower is coupled with an instrumental, symbolizing his growth as an artist and his diverse creativity.

Sonically, the vibe ranges from upbeat, bass heavy melodies to mellow, jazzy rhythms. The album is reminiscent of classic Hip Hop and neo-soul at times with some modern elements. Substantial sums the project up as "Fresh picks and fresh pics from The Garden".

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released May 18, 2018

Produced, mixed & mastered by Substantial.
Cover art/photography by Substantial.
Back cover photo by Rachelle Etienne-Robinson

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Virginia based International Hip Hop Recording Artist from Maryland.

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Track Name: Beyond The Stage ft. Uyama Hiroto & Stephanie Gayle
V1
(Substantial & Stephanie Gayle)
All I ever wanted was a little fame
Take care of me and mine off the strength of my name
Barely wanted one, never needed two chains
No disrespect to him it just wasn’t my thing
Words are my art and the beat is my frame
Former starving artist painting my pain
Made my family proud of the man I became
Hopefully, some of yall try to do the same

(Substantial)
I learned that… it’s deeper than cheers, deeper than guest appearances
As deep as your fears, deeper than sample clearances
Deeper than lights, deeper than camera, action!
Deeper than mics, deeper than transactions.
Deeper than fans, deeper than beats and world tours
Deeper than brands, deep as peace, it’s all yours
Deeper than sub woofers who knew than love could’ve
Made a dream liver from onlooker, songs took’em...

HOOK (Stephanie Gayle)
Beyond the stage and bright lights
Come get a better look at our life
Where every moment isn’t a highlight
But we’re alright!

Beyond the stage and bright lights
Come get a better look at our life
From the bottom up to the highlife
Now we’re alright!

V2
(Stephanie Gayle)
Mama can ya’... pray for me now (Won’t he do it)
So when we.. play we make you proud (And ya’ knew it)
Never know who we’ll... save from out the crowd (Put’em up)
Make sure the… bass bangin out loud (Turn it up)

(Substantial)
So they feel it from the stage... and beyond
Ain’t a flow cooler like I’m making freon
Feel vibes thru the monitor I place my feet on, like ottoman
So hot I’m Vulcan-ic, no Klingons, I live long
Prosper, that’s the motto, green room,
Brown liquor, like pass the bottle, but I’m good though
Long way from Brightseat Rd, still hood though
Still make it home regardless of where I could go
Where good jokes bring the sun out when it’s (cloudy)
And good folks show you love but come off (rowdy)
I grab the mic for PG and rep it (proudly)
They were looking for the real and they (found me)...

HOOK

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