Aswad Mikal, member of Poconos, PA rhyme duo, The Knotz returns with a new solo joint this morning! Premiering via Weekly Rap Gods, “Mikal” (Produced by Charon) is the second leak from his forthcoming album, ‘Iron Throne’.
Speaking on the new track, Mikal said:
“People who have been following my work, will sometimes say, hey, this new cat sounds like you or he’s doing a similar style but I always say, nah, that’s not me. I got my own essence and I’m competitive about this mic.”
Features on the ‘Iron Throne’ album include such notables as Sheek Louch (The Lox), DV Alias Khrist, Swigga (Natural Elements) and his Knotz co-hort Dread Child. Speaking on those collabos, Mikal related “I don’t use features to enhance my tracks or push sales. I like to tap artists that I know will push me to raise my bars.” Production on the forthcoming album is handled by Charon, Vinny Idol, DonWill and Dread Child.
Hailing from the mountains of PA, The Knotz have been quietly building a reputation across the globe as keepers of the gritty boom-bap 90’s sound. Speaking on their roots, he said:
“It’s funny but when we started here, there was no scene and we were grinding. Over time, a lot of NY cats like Kool G Rap, Domingo, Billy Danze (M.O.P) and Cormega moved to the area, now the Poconos is a tour stop on everyone’s east coast run.”
In addition to the solo album, The Knotz are finishing up their long awaiting full-length project with Young Zee (The Outsidaz).
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