Malevolent MC = Blue Scholars + Black Star + Del tha Funkee Homosapien
SpyHop is known locally as an organization for teens, and their record label is teen-run, but the debut from Malevolent MC doesn’t sound immature. There’s not, however, much malevolence to be found here. He rhymes about the importance of music, love and respect. He has a pretty solid talent for rapping, and Definition fits comfortably into the new-old-school “conscious” model of underground hip-hop. His production is spare, but the addition of electronica-style beeps and whistles over otherwise bare-bones beats makes his rhymes stand out. It’s a little too wholesome for my tastes, but maybe his next record will see this MC taking on more interesting subject matter.