MADic & Cranky are the "Professional Shit Talkers " • Word Is Bond

The duo of MADic & Cranky team up for the vintage sounding jam titled “Professional Shit Talkers “. Produced by MADic himself, the track shows the undeniable chemistry between the duo as they trade bars after bars over the 90s styled production.

MADic is an emcee and producer born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and now living in Brooklyn, NY. This is the third time the two have collaborated together, with Cranky. also appearing on the songs “Last Night” and “Cutthroat” on MADic’s debut album Lifestyles Of The Almost Broke & Completely Underground.


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TWIB Meets DECA [Interview] • Word Is Bond

Photo Credit: Paulo Salud (IG: @paulosalud)

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For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past few years…who on earth are you?

My name’s Deca. I’m a rapper, producer, and visual artist.

How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?

My dad is a musician, and played guitar in a New Wave group called The Aviators in the ‘80s. And I also have two older brothers that put me on to a lot great music. So I grew up listening to a pretty broad range of music—all of my family’s collective tastes had a big influence on me. Then when I was 11 or 12 I got deep into Hip-Hop and started trying to write verses. My good friend Ichiban (who’s featured on, The Veil), and I used to sit around for hours when we were kids making tapes and freestyling. Over the years I just got more and more serious about it.

Do you remember the first beat you ever made? How did you go about it?

Yeah, the first beat I made is actually on my first album Top of the Line Bottom Feeder from 2004. It’s a song called “Hope Turns to Doubt.” A friend of mine at the time gave me a quick tutorial on the MPC 2000 and I used Billy Cobham’s song “Heather” which is the same song sampled in Souls of Mischief’s “93 ‘Til Infinity.” I remember just trying to make it as unrecognizable as possible,  so I chopped it up, pitched the sounds, and made a dinky little melody. It’s hard to listen to that album without cringing but it’s a decent beat for a first try.

If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?

Probably a few Ayahuasca experiences…


What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry?

Being able to make music on my own terms and making a living doing it. I don’t have the benefit of having a label push and promoting my music, but I’m doing exactly what I want to do, and slowly but surely people are catching on.

What has been your biggest challenge in life…and how did you overcome it?

Addiction was a huge challenge. I started everything at a really young age and that pattern of heavy drug use continued up until about ’08. I was heavy into opiates and had been trying unsuccessfully to quit for years. I ended up leaving Denver and moving to LA for two years to try and kick. I knew too many people and it was too accessible to me back home, so I picked up and left. I was able to quit in LA and aside from a few slip ups early on, I haven’t touched opiates since.

Who are your heroes?

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, William Blake, Joseph Campbell, Fela Kuti, Nas, Jacob Boehme, Hermann Hesse…the list goes on.

Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?

Too many to name, but the first one that comes to mind is my friend Kriamaa Anuradha. I first met Kria when I was on my way to Denver to do a couple shows and she sat next to me on the flight. She was reading a book written in Sanskrit and I asked her what she was reading. The book was about how sound created the universe, and we ended up talking the rest of the flight.

Years before that I came across something called Cymatics that studies how sound frequencies and vibration effect matter and shake it into mandala like formations. She was reading a book about the same principle written probably a thousand years before the discovery of Cymatics.

Since then we’ve kept in touch and become good friends. The interludes on, The Way Through are edited excerpts from conversations we had at my apartment. What she said seemed to sum up the intention of the album I was making. She’s an amazing woman.

Teck, please embed his song, “The Way Through” here:

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Last year I went to Europe for the first time to play a festival called Hip Hop Kemp outside of Prague, and to play another show in Berlin. It was an incredible experience. I’ve been doing this a long time so it was definitely gratifying to get an opportunity like that through music.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

I met Kool Herc twice. The first time was at the Wild Style 30th anniversary. The second time I was at was at a bar called the Fat Buddha. He walked in like an old b-boy wise man or a sadhu or something. He was talking to me and a friend and started drawing this geometric diagram on a cocktail napkin but I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. It was like he breaking down the meaning of life but the music was too loud to hear it.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Tom Waits. I’d serve him a Filipino box spring hog.

Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?

Here’s links to all my socials…and be sure to check out my new instrumental project, Flux, below, which you could cop here

Thanks for the interview!

Follow Deca Online:• Website Instagram• Twitter• Facebook Soundcloud

Upcoming Tour Dates:

• 6/17 (Sun): Club Congress, Tucson, AZ

• 6/19 (Tues): Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ

• 6/21 (Thurs): Hi Hat, Los Angeles, CA

• 6/22 (Fri): Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA

• 6/24 (Sun): The Vera Project, Seattle, WA

• 6/25 (Mon): Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

• 6/26 (Tues): Red Room Lounge, Spokane, WA

• 6/28 (Thurs): Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT

• 6/29 (Fri): Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO


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Lizzy Latimer Teams with Queens Rapper Kyah Baby for Knockout Single, "Can't Cage Me" • Word Is Bond

It’s a fact of most relationships trying to survive the music industry: some men really don’t know what they have until it’s gone. And when they do, there’s a combative interference that can happen which leads the man to resent his partner’s fire.

Classical violinist, singer, and multi-talented producer Lizzy Latimer lets talented women everywhere know that they don’t have to dim their light for anyone in her debut single, “Can’t Cage Me.” With the assistance of freestyle Queens rapper Kyah Baby, who left a normally outspoken Funk Flex speechless as she decimated a set of bars for the NYC radio station HOT 97 this past March, Lizzy gives those women who are often lusted after but not loved fully a voice.

Of the song concept, Lizzy said, “You can’t clip the wings of your partner in order to make them stay, rather, you can improve yourself so they’ll never want to leave.” The ferociously independent Aussie produces a fizzy anthem for strong women who refuse to trade the limelight for an easy bake oven. A goofy, diy-sounding pop beat bounces to and fro with the rise and fall of the singer’s voice before landing on the bridge, where Kyah Baby levels up and delivers a blow to the male ego.

Fans of pop, hip hop, and R&B collaborations will love jamming to this track as it embodies the fierce attitudes of music industry triple threats like Katy Perry, Angel Haze, Kreayshawn, and P!nk. Give it a listen here:




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LA: The fourth installment of JAZZISDEAD returns this saturday! • Word Is Bond

After three successful events that included Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, two orchestras, Novena Carmel (the youngest daughter of Sly Stone), the emergence of two outstanding women who would be the leading talent called Voices of Gemma, and one hell of a lineup which included amazing local talent – here comes the fourth installment of awesome jazz that will be taking you on an journey through the Harlem Renaissance and then some, brought to you by ArtDontSleep. These actions you’ll be witnessing sonically is what came as the result of the latest release from Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad called ‘The Midnight Hour‘ (<—- stream here).

As more details about this event has surfaced, the astounding maestro behind Jamla will be the special guest spinning a special jazz set for the evening. Along with 9th Wonder, DJs Al Jackson & Sacred will be assisting with the vinyl as well.

All of the magic will be taking place at the Lodge Room Saturday evening. Tickets are already being sold, so don’t miss out on this evening.

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Nakala delivers some love soaked vibes on "Do It Right" [Premiere] • Word Is Bond

London based act Nakala delivers her latest single “Do It Right” with much gusto. Teaming up with her usual collaborator Jonah, who crafts a soulful, bouncy backdrop for her soothing vocal tone that blends RnB and soulful hip-hop brilliantly. The song showcases Nakala’s unbridled vocal performance and honest songwriting as she details her affection for her significant other in several ways albeit risque manners too.

She provides some useful insights into the song below

“The song is just me, doing me. It’s for the summer, I was fucking around with other girls at the time but I still thought about my ex and imagined her with me and what it would be like now. I loved the beat as soon as I heard it and I just wanted it to be a good vibe despite the reminiscent lyrics.” 

Stream / Buy: HERE


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Cut Chemist – Moonlightin’ With Biz ft. Biz Markie (video)

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Top 5 submissions for 4th week june • Word Is Bond

We are still dedicated to showcasing the best tracks/videos from the underground by searching far and wide in order to bring you our weekly list. It’s a tough job as we sift through a ton of high-quality tracks just to settle for just 5. Now that is what we call dedication, so sit back relax and get familiar with these acts.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.



Dave Byrd set things off with this soulful head nodder titled “Feels”. The budding emcee delivers a smooth one with his laid-back flow over the soul-drenched backdrop. The visual was directed by Patrick O’Brien-Smith and puts the emcee in his element performing his lines in various locations. “Feels” is taken from his latest project with NuDavinci called, “GVOTapes“. Listen to the entire tape HERE


Poet X laces a smooth joint titled “Peace” over a chilled, jazzy backdrop that would definitely get your head nodding once you hit the play button. “Peace” is taken off  his compilation, “Loosies.” A collection of songs recorded over a two-year span!



Leeds-born alternative hip-hop artist Doberman introduces us to his unique style of hip-hop that blends lo-fi jazz and personal insights. On “Something Cinematic,” Doberman compliments the space of Broadley’s stripped-down production with tightly-packed rhyme patterns that twist and turn from start to finish, mirroring the very internal conflict he describes. Falling somewhere between Loyle Carner and the Fred Perry days of Alex Turner, Doberman’s layered lyrics are distinctly unkempt in delivery, proving an impassioned ally to Broadley’s melancholic piano samples.


iRoc Omega delivers his first single “It’s all on you”, the bouncy backdrop features the legendary Snoop Dogg and vocalist Dre’ Rock who all come through with that classic west coast party vibe. The smooth jam is mainly for the ladies in the house and is produced by Emmy award-winning producer and composer, Jason Hausman.


Dom Vaccarelli wraps up this week’s list with a somber, trap-influenced jam titled “Bodak Vac”. The budding rapper comes through with a laid-back flow that cascades the hard-hitting backdrop. “Bodak Vac” is the fifth track off his debut album Dark Matter streaming on all digital platforms


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