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It’s common knowledge that the cornerstone of great art is freedom of expression. An unimpeded autonomy to use any and every medium to flex one’s creative intuition. Yet even when that autonomy is perceivably impeded, the great artists of our time have defiantly traversed those hurdles, irrespective of rules and convention, unabashedly marching to the beat of their own drum. Basquiat figured it out. So did Byrne. Likewise, for singer/ songwriter/ rapper Yonas Michael, the agency to exercise the full, dynamic range of his artistry is paramount. It is also fully evident on his brilliant and daring upcoming sophomore solo album Blvck Swan Theory. Featuring production from Mainframe (Gonjasufi), Klutch, Double-0 (one half of Chicago hip-hop group Kidz In The Hall), Faahz, and Ro Blvd, the album finds Yonas Michael delving further into uncharted musical territory with glints from galaxies past.

Yet as brave as this may seem, this sense of fearlessness wasn’t always second nature for the California-based Seattle native. With a love for music that was equally fostered by his maternal grandmother’s soulful vinyl collection and his father’s Ethiopian roots, Yonas Michael’s arrival at this space and time in music was all but predestined. His relocation to the Inglewood suburb of Los Angeles as a teen marked a turning point in his young musical trajectory when he became enamored with hip-hop. Intently watching his uncle tweak knobs on a pre production set up engendered inquisitiveness in the impressionable young Yonas Michael.


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  • megafone

    Y-O went all Cudi/WZRD with Lost in Hollywood. It's not what I was expecting, but it's still pretty good. Thurzday went all Public Enemy on us, and it's still pretty good. But I just want U-N-I stuff. I liked the last few songs they put out as that.

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • songorocosongo

    Lost In Hollywood is a serious vibe machine

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Philson91

    agreed, alex, solo they are two different worlds. i like yonas' world better though, haha. i don't like thurz solo really, he's spitting no doubt, yonas is rather chilled, pretty nice beats, together they were dope! but yonas said, he's not sure what's coming in the next future, so we can hope, that they'll get back together at one point.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • alex3636

    I realized that what U-N-I is known for, is totally opposite of what Thurz and Yonas is putting out now. I miss those chill vibes U-N-I brought. Their just too different in their solos.

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gendervariant

    why so little plays? Lost in Hollywood is dope as fuck

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Philson91

    that shit is hot.

    31 Oct 2011 Reply

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