“Brenx x Mic Bles unveil “Shadows Of War” EP” - Insomniac Mag
Shadows Of War, the collaborative Ep from rising underground beatsmith Brenx and Mic Bles is nothing short of boombap verbal warfare.
When Netherlands own Brenx is orchestrating the audio movie with production and razor sharp scratches, Oxnard, California's Mic Bles is delivering the ice cold narration in this war themed epic!
The 7 track Ep features fellow Ox native Dj Rome's (Lootpack) and Los Angeles legends Krazy Race and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples holding down the only features on this underground gem. Calling in support from their comrade in arms Krazy race on the track Greed and Rakaa delivering his signature flow to open your third eye on the boombap banger Triple Visual this project stands alone amongst the noise!
The synergy is clear on this collaboration between Brenx and Bles, are only question is if there's more to come in the near future in the Shadows of War!
“Unearthed a lost gem from (Circa 2008)”
As far away as California and Germany might seem (Oxnard, California MC) Mic Bles and German producer "BigLip" find common ground on Bles's new album aptly titled "The Sameway":
The transition between local act and becoming internationally recognized and respected is what most artists vie for, but few actually accomplish. Mic Bles and Executive producer Hustle One traveled to Germay in 2008 with that perspective in mind. As fate would have it Bles and Co. landed in Bonn, Germany and teamed up with producer "BigLip" to record this project during Bles's first European tour: and as legend would have it they completed a classic album and video in 9 days!!
This unreleased gem has been locked away ever since, until now!
Sonically, the project is a mix of boombap tracks and soulful, sample-filled joints that serve up 11 dope tracks that combine for a cohesive blend that makes for some timeless music. The ox emcee draws inspiration from his travels abroad to the hustle and struggle of the grind in doing so. Throughout the album Bles combines rhyme schemes and thought-provoking bars detailing his outlook with raw street corner aesthetics.
The album has several notable appearances from Simon Grohe, Pete Boxx, and Dj Kid Rush with all featured MC's rapping in German. Each featured guest compliments the album by adding there perspective on the topics at hand as well as finding their commonality on the subject even if they are from a different part of the world, thus the title "The SameWay".
Sameway serves as a time capsule that plays as a soundtrack to this time and is a captivating foray into Mic Bles's journey across the globe.
*This album is recognized by the UHHM (Universal Hip Hop Museum) Archives and collections