The official bio of M.T.A.
By Scott Galloway
"Listen, the lyrics Iím spilliní is spiritual healiní / I need a 40 foot clearance just to bring you these lyrics / Paint a picture like acrylic, every seen be vivid / I see it and live it walk through it eat it and shit it / You wouldnít believe how committed I had to be just to get it!"
- from "S.P.E.C.I.A.L." (verse by Verbal)
In an era of hip-hop where every man goes for self, two longtime friends understand the term "strength in numbers." Those bruthas are Verbal and Cardo. Together, they are M.T.A., their group name taken from the Mt. Auburn area of Cincinnati, Ohio where they met and grew up to become rapís last tag-team titans. In the tradition of Rum-DMC, M.T.A. is NOT an MC and DJ but a union of two powerful rappers. Between the two of them, theyíve got a pistol grip of styles to flip and a deep well of stories to tell.
The world outside Ohio will get its first taste of M.T.A. with their meticulously crafted debut album, S.P.E.C.I.A.L., bursting with skull-crushers of street science with titles like "Shell Shock" and "Swishaz 2 Da Dome" (produced by Jay Murdock). From techno club beats to hard-hitting funk and ominous ghetto soundtracks, M.T.A. has ransacked and jacked two decades of rapís ever-evolving sounds to kick their up-to-the-minute reports.
"We donít just make Ďin one ear and out the otherí music," Cardo explains. "We write stuff that has lyrical content AND bangs." Verbal adds, "We donít label ourselves. We touch on every avenue Ė whatever feels good. However you perceive it, thatís what it is. The concept of this album is for it to come off like a movie Ė and each song is a different scene."
Picture yourself gettingí wet up in a four-on-the-floor techno-funk execution and you would be doiní it to the soundtrack of M.T.A.íS "GETCHOASSONDAFLOE" (produced by D. Hittz). Now picture yourself at the club spittiní the tightest game ever to get two honeys to go home with you and you would be runniní that voodoo down to the soundtrack of M.T.A.ís supa-funkdafied "Pimptastic" (produced by GuyWes). And once youíve proven youíre the baddest mutha in the room, youíd be dustiní your shoulders off to the score of M.T.A.ís party joint "I Donít Care." Whatever the scenario M.T.A. has the verses and the beats to bring it to gritty life.
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