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MH the Verb talks marginalization and hope in Afrofuturistic “Yo America” video

MH the Verb | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
MH the Verb | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Pittsburgh native and Philly based rapper MH the Verb recently dropped a music video for his song “Yo America,” from his latest project Afronaut. The Afronaut LP is about a Black heroine who travels back in time to our present, to uplift and empower us. The music videos for the LP help narrate the story of the Afronaut’s journey.

The music video follows the main character as she wanders around a warehouse of books (Fishtown’s Bookspace) periodically breaking into dance, before meeting MH the Verb at the end. The video was released this February to add to the Black History Month celebration. Continue reading →

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MH the Verb and Buscrates blast off with a new interstellar project Afronaut

MH the Verb | via facebook.com/mhtheverbmusic

Thought-provoking rapper MH the Verb — who splits his time between Philly and the West Coast these days — has returned with an intriguing 11 track multi-media project entitled Afronaut. The album, which he first teased with a music video this summer, follows a fictional black sci-fi hero who travels from the future to warn the world about all the problems we are headings towards. Afronaut is a calculated and conceptually challenging album because it delves into many different realms of society: racism, domestic violence, politics, and more. Continue reading →

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Watch MH The Verb get real and groovy in his recorded performance at The Boom Room

MH the Verb | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
MH the Verb | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

If you missed Marcus Harris aka MH the Verb’s set at the Boom Room last Sunday, the prolific rapper’s got a gift for you — you can still catch the entire performance from a Facebook live recording.

Throughout the set, things get real funky, real reggae-filled, real zesty, and just plain real as MH the Verb and crew dose some social-consciousness upon the crowd, along with later remixing a track into an entertaining genre-swap mashup. Continue reading →

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Watch MH The Verb and Arthouse 95’s sci-fi visual for “Traffic,” see them at South Bowl

MH the Verb | via facebook.com/mhtheverbmusic

Rapper Marcus Harris, aka MH the Verb, relocated from Philly to the west coast earlier this year — but he returns east this spring, with a sci-fi tinged new project in tow.

Afronaut is LP made in collaboration with the electronic music ensemble Buscrates that, through sounds and visuals, will dissect the consumerism of 21st century American society through the eyes of a traveler from another time. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH The Verb at Silk City, Diana at Boot and Saddle and A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia jazz-inspired hip-hop artist MH The Verb plays tonight at Silk City. The rapper recently released a video for his song “Last Dance” commemorating the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut in collaboration with his production collective ArtHouse95. Check out the video for “Last Dance” below and click here for more information and tickets. Continue reading →

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MH the Verb reflects on the one year anniversary of the Paris and Beirut attacks with “Last Dance in Paris”

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly artist MH The Verb has his feet firmly planted in various jazz, hip-hop and communities all along the east coast, and they converge in his most recent video — along with reflections on world events. “Last Dance in Paris,” which MH (offstage name: Marcus Harris) performed for his Key Studio Session this summer, is dedicated to the victims of both the Paris and Beirut terrorist attacks, and was released on their one-year anniversary. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: MH the Verb x ArtHouse95

Marcus Harris has bounced around the east coast quite a bit over the past few years, absorbing a tapestry of sounds and ideas. A hip-hop kid from Florida, he got his start mixing live instrumentation with DJ-based rap while going to college in Pittsburgh, performing in the band Beatz ‘n’ Verbz. When that crew split and he moved to Philly, his new persona MH the Verb was in full effect. He dropped a bunch of funky Bandcamp mixtapes and gigged at spots like World Cafe Live while holding down a day job at a boutique record label.

Later, a stint in New York inspired him to stretch the project further into the multimedia realm. The long MTA rides from his place in The Bronx to the gallery and studio community in Brooklyn gave him a lot of time to think and plan. The song “Melly’s Walls,” which he performed in this week’s Key Studio Session, was inspired by arriving at a gallery gig early and watching as the artists hung their work on the walls; lyrics were written on the spot, and the song was recorded the next day and released on 2014’s The Balloon Guide.

These days, MH is back in Philly, and has been doing some great stuff with the production collective ArtHouse95. Continue reading →

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MH The Verb and GR Stone present ArtHouse95 with Owl EP

MH The Verb | Photo by Crystal Engel
MH The Verb | Courtesy of the artist – Photo by Crystal Engel

Marcus Harris (aka MH The Verb) is a Philadelphia based rapper/producer/DJ and the front man for ArtHouse 95, a band and occasional multimedia arts collective that features his production partner/multi­-instrumentalist GR Stone and producer/engineer George “Cylon” Casseus along with a fluid membership that is made up of a network creatives stretching alongside the I­-95 highway.

Sitting in the basement of Harris’ Fishtown home (which doubles as a production studio where the crew write songs and produce beats) Stone explains the concept behind the ArtHouse95 movement.

“95 symbolically represents I­-95. We have a strong connection with artists from New York, down to Philly, D.C. all up and down that spine that runs down the East Coast,” he says.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH the Verb at Milkboy, Ty Segall at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at Sellersville

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local DJ / producer / MC MH the Verb brings his live band to MilkBoy tonight. Verb’s performance is a multi-media experience, pulling together influences from many genres and time periods to create a fusion of art. The band spent 2015 working on a documentary series of their live shows in support of 2014’s The Balloon Guide. Check out “Blistered” below and get tickets and more information for the 21+ show at the WXPN Concert Calendar.

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