Anybody out there lookin' for a fresh rapper/producer duo, look no further than Honors English & Needlz. It was English's first time in the Chi last week and he and his Grammy award winning partner in crime good music stopped through the HQ, where I got the chance to talk with 'em about the new project, State Of The Art, collaborating with like-minded lyrical cats like Lupe Fiasco (the Needlz-produced "Tilted" was actually the first Lupe song I heard and then it was a wrap), and even how they started making music together in the first place. Believe it or not, Needlz actually gave the thumbs down on first listen to Honors English. But watch above and find out how that thumbs down turned into a thumbs up and into a deeply lyrical must-have for hip hop heads in State Of The Art. And hey, I'm outta retirement and behind the mic for the first time since 2010, hah!
In addition to the interview, Honors & Needlz played a lot of us in the office this very well-produced documentary below that you should peep to follow along on some of the hard-hitting lyrics on State Of The Art - it's lyric video style mixed with interviews with the two. And of course, download the tape for FREE at thehonorssociety.com if you haven't yet already. "Anybody Go Hard", "Flying High" f/ Lupe Fiasco & TL Cross, and "Second Chances" f/ Karina Pasian are three all-caps *TIBS FAVS.™ to look out for. Enjoy!
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