Twan Mack builds a bridge to Brooklyn on new track ‘NO SAMPLES’
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Milwaukee adult-contemporary hip-hop artist Twan Mack releases his newest single, “NO SAMPLES,” as hip-hop culture enters its 50th year of existence. According to Mack, “The world is witnessing a renaissance that has golden-era artists finally getting their acclaim and even some experiencing a resurgence in their careers.”
Mack — himself inspired to pick up the mic by Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel — has been an integral part of the Milwaukee hip-hop scene for many, many years, notably as part of the popular group Kali Tribe. As a solo artist, Mack has buoyed his talents with a solid work ethic and adopted a streamlined approach, favoring the release of singles.
On his latest offering, Mack teams up with Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo to add some oomph, also utilizing a track by Kareem City Music (of which Mack is one half of along with Dame Ellzey) to create a “sinister sounding” backdrop that has plenty of snap: “Look mom, no samples mom / there’s no samples to clear / it’s about to be a helluva year.”
Here’s hoping Mack is right. Being an active hip-hop artist as the genre marks a half-century is something to both anticipate and savor. You can listen to the track at the top of the page and a little background about it from Mack himself in the included audio clip.