Having spent a lot of time working with two great individuals it feels awesome to finally release this piece about one of the best rap duo’s to come out of Baltimore City. The thing that’s easy to pick up while being around DDM as Unkle Lulu and Paul Hutson (Bond St. District), is these guys are connected at the hip and on the same page when it comes to putting out fire music and visuals. While spending time with them in the Fells Point, chilling with them in their studio, and seeing how they interact with the people of Baltimore while in the Sound Garden; they both clearly illustrate that they are human first and music is their ammunition to change the world.
To know that they are both from two different worlds, DDM being from West Baltimore and Paul Hutson being from Montgomery County, it show’s how greatness can come together without being from the same environment. Therefore, the chemistry between the duo creates an unfair advantage for their competition in the music game.
Knowing that they kicked off this project and idea of creating an EP, last July. They’ve already completed an EP for their first single “Matinee”, music video, and website which proves they are hungrier then most MC’s and producers in the game. I introduce to you Bond St. District.
Upon arriving in Baltimore to link with Bond St. District we head over to the Daily Grind Coffee House for a quick bite and a cup of joe. While in the coffee shop DDM express his love and passion for the city of Baltimore and how much he enjoys working with Paul. He shares his history of being in the rap game in Baltimore, the ups-and-downs, the ins-and-outs of the music game, and being an all-star battle rapper.
“This city is not one note. Being a person who is a native Baltimorean, I love Baltimore City but I love all parts of Baltimore City, I love the junkies, I love the hookers, I love the fiends, I love the dope dealers, I love the rich white people that live in Roland Park, I love the asian people with their video camera’s downtown every summer.” —DDM As Unkle Lulu
After finishing breakfast we head over to the inner-harbor and Paul began to shoot music suggestions to DDM about a few tracks they were working on for the day. This conversation seemed to flow naturally as if they’ve known each other forever.
When asked, what are some of their inspirations for creating, DDM quickly mentions, “Missy Elliot and how her music and videos are timeless, Broadway Musicals, Diana Ross and The Supremes”. As for Paul Hutson he says, “I was more into doing boom bat beats similar to J Dilla and Flying Lotus “. Obviously, these two are easily a fresh blend of old school hip-hop and classical flair. Later, in the day as we head over to Sound Garden, they went crate digging looking for a few albums to sample and add their flavor to, their taste in music was on the level of Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin. Some records that they feel in love with and picked up included The Ohio Players, John F. Kennedy Speeches, Chic, Oddisee and a few other classics.
We then walked over to the studio where they were working on a few more tracks, that’ll hopefully be featured on their LP once they release that. *Cough**Cough* speaking it into existence because the people need the music. They also went on to record, Matinee, their first single in which you can find on their EP. While in the studio their affinity for making wonderful music was no secret as they critiqued every detail and sound of their music. After, hearing all the tracks on their EP and marveling at Paul’s crazy collection of Creative King hat’s which you can find at Sixteen Tons, created by Jerrill Sankey. It was time to head out and end the day.
Part of me was sad it was over but the excitement of their music lived in me the entire ride back home. I continued hearing the melody for Mayweather, the ill drum pattern on Everybody So Sleepy, and the fresh message delivered in Hello Jesus. Overall, I became a huge fan of Bond St. District and instantly they made it into my classic hip hop playlist on my iPhone.
As, the week progressed we got an invite to be behind-the-scenes of their music video shoot for Matinee. The experience was awesome and their were a ton of other great artist, directors, and creative minds involved in the process of outputting a dope visual for their single. The video features cameos from Eze Jackson, Chrissy Vasquez, Height, Jay Lawson, etc. and was directed by the wonderfully talented Tyler W. Davis over at Monolith. His crew was on point as well and everyone involved added to the success of theatrical music video. Check it out and be sure to show the big homies Bond St. District some love when you see em’ in streets.
Sending a special thank you to everyone that made this possible:
Ashley Mumford, John Curl, Jahod Cowart, Chrissy Vasquez, Gem, Eric Johnson, Jay Lawson, Height, Lauren Lee, Josh Flynn, Jerrill Sankey, TT The Artist, Paul Hutson, DDM, Mike Maiatico, Janine Conway, Bobby Tokar, Spencer, Grundler, Tyler W. Davis, Eze Jackson, Kyle Deitz, Jena Richardson, Mark Burchick, Rar Kelly, Brandon Lackey, Funzito Menhefen, Nate Spivey & Mickey Free.