Myka 9 & Adriatic
In Motion is a rap album with modern enthusiasm and authentic wordplay. Songs like “All Seeing” and “In My Reality” exemplify how conscious rap can be fun. On the other hand, “Granted” shows the duo’s ability to break the norm to show a sensitive side of appreciation and gratitude.
As a co-founder of the hip-hop group Freestyle Fellowship, Myka 9 is widely recognized as one of the most stylistically advanced rappers of the last 30 years. His first real break was in the 1980's when he received the opportunity to be a lyrical ghost writer on NWA's first compilation NWA and The Posse. He then had the opportunity to collaborate with major acts such as The Wailers, Carmen Carter, The Last Poets, and as a trio with Project Blowed affiliates Aceyalone and Abstract Rude (as Haiku d’état). Today, Myka champions his often-imitated, yet never-duplicated lyrical style around the world. He is known for his rapid-fire, jazz-influenced, melodic rapping, and often incorporates singing and occasional scatting into his songs.
Adriatic developed a distinct sound by making a whole lot out of just a little. Coming from a multi-ethnic midwestern background, he grew up in the era where the bridge between hip-hop and pop music became more intentional. By blending analog synthesizers, sp-202 sampling and live instrumentation, Adriatic has become the uncontested architect of Neo Trip-Hop. Adriatic became the youngest performer to play their original music at Soundset, the world’s largest Hip-Hop festival, in 2014. Without a doubt, Adriatic plans to keep things in motion through the new decade.