Ntelligence is an emcee from South Carolina. These are 2 unreleased joints produced by Nicolay from the Netherlands of Foriegn Exchance fame
In today's Hip Hop climate, it's no surprise that the southern region of the country is running shit right now. But out of all places that's been heard, you've rarely heard any voices peep out of Ntelligence's hometown. Born and bred in Charleston, South Carolina, his early influences of black music, Gullah culture along with the spirit of the slave markets help mold one of the most interesting mcs that you may have never heard of. A swift tongue accompanied with even faster wit, Ntelligence is a producer's wet dream being able to effortlessly make a marathon seem like a 40 yard dash. But according to him, he's nothing special.
"I'm just an Average Joe for real. I'm a grad student trying to get all my education in, 'because nobody can take an education from you. I'm just here trying to get it. I don't have any weird hobbies; I'm like any other dude. I play Madden, drink, fuck, the usual."
Don't let the humbleness fool you, there's a hurricane under the storm. A rapper that proclaims "High boxing with God/ You better put some reach in it/ Have a mouth smarter than mine, you'll have no teeth in it," shows he's an mc's mc. Maybe that's why he calls his debut record on Blusic Productions "Black Boy Lost" which he feels represents himself and others.
"I feel us being African American males, a lot of times life becomes this difficult path. 'Black Boy Lost' is representative of the journey and that quest to find that identity. As you travel you encounter different things. We find ourselves in different areas in the wilderness of life. 'B.B.L' is about finding that true calling with yourself.
The album featuring production from some of the top underground beat smiths, including Clokwork, Midi Marc (who is currently working with numerous artists from the acclaimed Justus League along with others) and Nicolay of Foreign Exchange. Understanding the sentiment of "giving back", he also chose to offer a free download digital ep entitled "Nuclear Winter" which features some tracks that are on the album and other rare treats.
This five song platter shows that he's a force to be reckon with as he meticulously is able to have a song about love to talking about issues of the black community with the Nicolay produced "N Bomb" (a song that cleverly and satirically uses the "N" bomb 82 times and by songs end playfully apologizes to Bill Cosby for his "filth flarn filth").
"I think the defining point of the album is that I don't have a mold that it fits in. One of the things that God did to bless the album is to have the ability to transcend every genre within hip hop. You have your southern elements, up north elements, boom bap, lyricism, wit, etc. A lot of people are trying to take advantage of the average man mc. I'm your regular guy and it brings that to form. I think many people can relate to that," Ntelligence confesses. "I think that simply, people are trying to put a pretext on what Hip Hop is. To me, it's just two turntables and a mic. If there's anything that's been lost in Hip Hop, it's that. People don't seem to pay attention to the elements that made the machine. Not looking at the nuts and bolts that built this. It's about making good music, and everything else will take care of itself."
If "Nuclear Winter" is any indication of what to expect for the full-length "Black Boy Lost", I'm sure it'll feel like summer year round.