Sareem Poems and Ess Be "Mind Over Matter" set for June 15 release via Illect Recordings • Word Is Bond

After three years of writing, developing, and preparing new music, Sareem Poems and Ess Be are back with Mind Over Matter. Releasing via Illect Recordings, Mind is the second full length project from the Lansing, Michigan-based MC and producer duo. Their first album on Illect, 2015’s Beautiful Noise, was a highly motivational record based around positivity and perseverance. Mind Over Matter is definitely in the same vein as Noise, but it’s clear that as they worked on the new project, Poems and Ess Be weren’t afraid to dive deeper into who they’ve become as artists.

From start to finish, Mind Over Matter takes on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Employing his signature measured flow, Poems discusses political divisiveness, the dangers of succumbing to greed, loving yourself, and economic inequality in the United States. “So you in your heart of hearts really believe that the playing field is level?” he asks on the ninth track, “What’s Wrong.” Over the course of his twenty-year career, Sareem Poems has meticulously crafted a style of music informed by his deep respect, and love, for humanity. On Mind, Poems continues to build on that.

Over the last three years Ess Be has officially made the transition from being a part-time producer with a day job to pursuing music full time. Throughout Mind, Ess Be’s skill as a producer is on full display. Ess Be could easily fall back on familiar boom bap tropes or trendy drum patterns. Instead, he incorporates a little bit of everything. Heavy bass lines and trance-like EDM moments on tracks such as “Dance For The Dead” and “Eyedentity” keep the record moving as Sareem Poems adapts to each new musical moment.

As artists, Sareem Poems and Ess Be have never shied away from using their platform to bring people together—even as those in power would pull them apart. Mind Over Matter, their second full-length album on Illect Recordings, celebrates the beauty of humanity while also questioning the systems of inequity that have kept certain people in power for centuries. It’s always been important to practice self-care in the face of struggle and Mind Over Matter is a manifestation of that.

Written by Gus Navarro

Mind Over Matter track list
1. Simply Truthfully
2. Maze
3. Way Up There (feat. Sean C Johnson)
4. Shallow (feat. Finale)
5. Dance For The Dead
6. The Way It Goes (feat. Al Singleton)
7. Eyedentity
8. I See You
9. What’s Wrong (feat. Dre Murray & Adan Bean)
10. I’m Alright
11. Until We Meet Again

Beats by Ess Be
Rhymes by Sareem Poems & guests
Mixed by Imperial
Design by Jordan Hills

Mind Over Matter releases June 15th, 2018 via Illect Recordings.

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Sareem Poems and Ess Be announce Mind Over Matter album

Mind Over Matter is set for a June 15th, 2018 release date via Illect Recordings.

After three years of writing, developing, and preparing new music, Sareem Poems and Ess Be are back with Mind Over Matter. Released via Illect Recordings, Mind is the second full length project from the Lansing, Michigan-based MC and producer duo. Their first album on Illect, 2015’s Beautiful Noise, was a highly motivational record based around positivity and perseverance. Mind Over Matter is definitely in the same vein as Noise, but it’s clear that as they worked on the new project, Poems and Ess Be weren’t afraid to dive deeper into who they’ve become as artists.

From start to finish, Mind Over Matter takes on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Employing his signature measured flow, Poems discusses political divisiveness, the dangers of succumbing to greed, loving yourself, and economic inequality in the United States. “So you in your heart of hearts really believe that the playing field is level?” he asks on the ninth track, “What’s Wrong.” Over the course of his twenty-year career, Sareem Poems has meticulously crafted a style of music informed by his deep respect, and love, for humanity. On Mind, Poems continues to build on that.

Over the last three years Ess Be has officially made the transition from being a part-time producer with a day job to pursuing music full time. Throughout Mind, Ess Be’s skill as a producer is on full display. Ess Be could easily fall back on familiar boom bap tropes or trendy drum patterns. Instead, he incorporates a little bit of everything. Heavy bass lines and trance-like EDM moments on tracks such as “Dance For The Dead” and “Eyedentity” keep the record moving as Sareem Poems adapts to each new musical moment.

As artists, Sareem Poems and Ess Be have never shied away from using their platform to bring people together—even as those in power would pull them apart. Mind Over Matter, their second full-length album on Illect Recordings, celebrates the beauty of humanity while also questioning the systems of inequity that have kept certain people in power for centuries. It’s always been important to practice self-care in the face of struggle and Mind Over Matter is a manifestation of that.

Written by Gus Navarro

Mind Over Matter track list
1. Simply Truthfully
2. Maze
3. Way Up There (feat. Sean C Johnson)
4. Shallow (feat. Finale)
5. Dance For The Dead
6. The Way It Goes (feat. Al Singleton)
7. Eyedentity
8. I See You
9. What’s Wrong (feat. Dre Murray & Adan Bean)
10. I’m Alright
11. Until We Meet Again

Beats by Ess Be
Mixed by Imperial
Design by Jordan Hills

Pre-order Mind Over Matter: Bandcamp (CD+MP3) // iTunes // Amazon // Google Play

Mind Over Matter singles

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 145

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 145 is mixed by DJ Tony Tone BKS.

In this episode, enjoy tracks from: Andy Mineo, B. Cooper, Daniel AMP, Ess Be, Frontlynaz, J. Crum, J. Johnson, JGivens, K-Drama, Propaganda, Sareem Poems, Sean C. Johnson, Ty Brasel and more.

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1. Sareem Poems & Ess Be “Way Up There (feat. Sean C. Johnson)”
2. Ty Brasel “Young T”
3. J. Crum “No Way (feat. T-Vision)”
4. Frontlynaz “What U Lookin 4 (feat. Beez & J. Johnson)”
5. Propaganda “How Did We Get Here (feat. Andy Mineo & JGivens)”
6. K. Allico “Some Mo”
7. Vic Sage “Chamberlain (feat. B. Cooper)”
8. Daniel AMP “Can’t Stop Us”
9. K-Drama “Stained Glass Window”
10. Mission x K Rider “Uzi & Ak”

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Sareem Poems & Ess Be “Shallow (feat. Finale)”

Sareem Poems & Ess Be collaborate with Detroit emcee Finale on Shallow, the 3rd single from Mind Over Matter. Look for this album to drop in June via Illect Recordings.

“This is a song reflecting on the ups and downs of life. And how those ups and downs have pulled away at core values. Values that we as humanity were rooted in. Being faithful, hard working, loving & committed,” shares Sareem Poems.

He continues, “I personally feel little is valued outside of self. This flows through all forms of entertainment. Making everyone’s favorite form of escape or hobby very shallow. I’m thankful for those working to change that direction.”

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James Gardin’s “Focus” aims to uplift




James Gardin is without a doubt the most encouraging rapper. Don’t believe me? Follow him on social media (links below). His new single “Focus” is more of that, a relatable song about battling habits and vices… leading to renewed focus.

Here is what the press release has to say about “Focus”:

Illect Recordings artist James Gardin collaborates with label mate Ess Be on his new single “Focus”. They attempt to address how habits and vices are not only damaging to you, but also to your purpose and your focus. James says, “A lot of times we look at bad habits solely on they hurt us, but what if they also hurt the world at large. I hope you all will be inspired by this song to reassess what holds your attention and time, and get refocused on what’s important.

Audio: James Gardin – Focus

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Sareem Poems & Ess Be “Way Up There (feat. Sean C. Johnson)”




Way Up There is a dope collab from Sareem Poems & Ess Be featuring Sean C. Johnson. We’re loving Ess Be’s production on this… sets the perfect tone for Sareem and Sean’s vocals.

Sareem Poems shared, “Way Up There is a song about not allowing anything to steal your joy. There are so many things that can bring you down. Focusing on the positive or the brighter side of things can be very difficult to do sometimes.

I’ve purposefully put myself in this head-space. It’s the best habit I’ve ever had. Many thanks to Sean C. Johnson. He came through and executed the hook perfectly.

Audio: Way Up There

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144

Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144 is mixed by DJ Tony Tone BKS.

In this episode, enjoy tracks from: Armond WakeUp, Dee-1, Ess Be, Imperial, JGivens, Jonathan Baker, Konata Small, Marty, NF, Sareem Poems, Shope, Social Club, Sojourn, Th3 Saga and more.

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Sphere of Hip Hop Podcast episode 144 play list

1. The3 Saga “Man Down”
2. Shope “Come Wid It”
3. NF “Grindin (feat. Marty of Social Club)”
4. Imperial “Know The Call (feat. Sareem Poems & Sojourn)”
5. Armond WakeUp “7 Miles From 7 Mile (feat. Jonathan Baker)”
6. The Org “WIM”
7. Sareem Poems & Ess Be “Dance for the Dead”
8. Dee-1 “Miles Davis”
9. Konata Small “Numbers”
10. JGivens “Au Revoir”

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Sareem Poems x Ess Be x Sean C. Johnson are "Way Up There" • Word Is Bond

As a lead in to their next Illect Recordings album release, Sareem Poems & Ess Be collaborate with Sean C. Johnson on “Way Up There”.

Sareem shares, “Way Up There is a song about not allowing anything to steal your joy. There are so many things that can bring you down. Focusing on the positive or the brighter side of things can be very difficult to do sometimes.”

He continues, “I’ve purposefully put myself in this head-space. It’s the best habit I’ve ever had. Many thanks to Sean C. Johnson. He came through and executed the hook perfectly.”

Way Up There is available now on all streaming and download outlets.

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Armond WakeUp releasing “Even If I Lose” February 27th

Armond WakeUp is set to release Even If I Lose, the follow up to 40 Days, on Tuesday February 27th via Illect Recordings. The project features several guests including: Sean C. Johnson, Jonathan Baker, DJ Because, and Brieah Taiye. Production credits include: Tee-Wyla, Ess Be, Doc, J. Rhodan, and Jonathan Baker. Armond shares, “Even If […]

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Ozay Moore releases “In The Wake Of O”

Ozay Moore and Illect Recordings are proud to present In The Wake Of O.

Over the last 20 years, Ozay Moore (fka Othello) has proven himself to be an exceptional storyteller time and time again. Whether as a member of the classic hip hop trio, Lightheaded, or as a solo artist, Moore’s alto flow has always moved crowds. Aided by some of the most soulful production and a deep knowledge of hip hop culture, Moore’s music is highly relatable because he blends personal experience with larger themes that cross cultural lines. Moore has been making records for quite some time so it would be understandable if he didn’t have more to say.

Thankfully, Ozay Moore is back and better than ever with In The Wake of O. Throughout his life Moore has seen a lot, done a lot, and Wake is a reflection of his journey in and outside of being an MC. Moore is no longer a young, ambitious rapper from Seattle focused solely on writing rhymes and traveling the world. Instead, he’s a family man in Lansing, MI having to strike a balance between his artistic goals and what’s best for his wife and two kids. How do you strike that balance? This is one of the central questions driving the record.

As the album unfolds, Moore grapples with the decision to drop the Othello moniker, his faith, racial politics in the U.S. and the impact of hip hop on his life. The word “wake” can mean many things, and In the Wake of O takes into account every single one. With an exceptional set of producers including Stro Elliot, Tall Black Guy, Ess Be, Freddie Joachim and Ohmega Watts, Wake is a seamless blend of boom bap crunch and soulful grooves. With guest appearances by Braille, Sareem Poems, Jahshua Smith, James Gardin and Propaganda the wordplay is as on point as it is thought provoking.

Ultimately, In The Wake of O is a reminder of why hip hop is such a powerful mode of communication. It also speaks to Ozay Moore’s deep love and respect for hip hop culture. As Wake plays from start to finish, Moore beautifully speaks on his personal journey while also making space for listeners to reflect on their own lives. There is something for everyone on this record.

-Written by Gus Navarro

Audio: In The Wake Of O

In The Wake Of O tracklist
1. Thumb Drive
2. Good
3. Where You At (feat. James Gardin & Jahshua Smith)
4. Slow Motion with Mosely
5. WSTCST (feat. Tony Ozier & Teeko)
6. Crowd React by Lightheaded (Ozay Moore, Ohmega Watts & Braille)
7. Abracadabra (feat. Cataphant)
8. Wow… (feat. Propaganda)
9. Low Tide
10. L.T.D. (feat. Sareem Poems)
11. Transparent See (feat. Ricky Valenz)

Production
1 Young Heat
2, 6 Stro Elliot
3-5 Tall Black Guy
7 Ohmega Watts
8 Daniel Steele
10 Freddie Joachim and Aso
11 Ess Be

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