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Verbal Kent & Superior - Half My Life
CD Album
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Verbal Kent & Superior

Half My Life

Below System

Released: 20th July 2018 | 11 track underground rap/hip-hop album

Chicago wordsmith Verbal Kent (Ugly Heroes) and Spanish-German beat maker Superior have joined forces. The resulting full-length album Half My Life is set for release via Below System Records. Known for his mixture of verbal gymnastics with humor and everyday pathos, Verbal Kent delivers what might be among his most personal rhymes.

Speaking on the significance of the album title Kent said Half My Life signifies the amount of time I've been at this. I started rhyme writing seriously at 18/19 years old and never looked back. I've always felt grounded in my expectations, fame and fortune was never a factor for me. I love making music enough to do it seriously for 20 years now, and I doubt I'll ever be able to stop.

Superior's creative use of psychedelic, rock, soul and funk samples create an eclectic yet cohesive musical backdrop. Some examples of the chemistry include the first single The Little Things which is Kent's version of the love joint (see Common's The Light) but more in Seinfeld territory. Sample lyric Dr. Kirschenbaum's my dentist and now he's your dentist and that goes for any practitioner of medicines.

Tracks like Classic Shit and For The Love are deeply biographical tracks while there is also straight quality emceeing tracks including Go Get The Dank and Steven Hawking Walking. Guests that get it in on the album include Vic Spencer, Sonnyjim, Recognize Ali and Lance Ambu.
Initially linking up on a track on Superior's album The Journey (released early 2017) the duo realized that they were a good combination. Speaking on the album process Kent said when Superior started sending me beats I started realizing his beats are emotional, so I let them lead the way as a result a lot of the content is reflective.

The budding of a serious team for boom bap lovers, Superior and Verbal Kent were able to link up in person this summer and perform at Hip Hop Kemp, one of Europe's biggest festivals. More on the way Verbal Kent adds.

"A vet of the Chicago hip hop scene, Verbal Kent is a name we always check for."
Mass Appeal
"Ugly Heroes member Verbal Kent teams up with producer Superior for a hard-hitting, unfiltered cut titled"
"Verbal Kent and Superior deliver that classic sh#t"
The Word Is Bon
"Chicago stalwart Verbal Kent and German-Spanish producer Superior have joined forces for a dope new collaborative project titled Half My Life"
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