Raised amongst the wolves, elite lyricists and battle tested warriors of Nottingham city’s post 2000 era, seasoned emcee and creative titan Mindz Malverde drops his debut album on all streaming platforms ‘For Green And Country’.
Since arriving on the budding East Midlands Hip-Hop landscape in 2010, Mindz has consistently delivered an out-the-trunk style product to the Midlands’ underground scene, whilst still remaining somewhat of an enigma to the public eye.
His early work with collaborators including now disbanded ‘Out Da Ville‘ members and producer Endemic Emerald, (Sean Price, ILL BILL, Planet Asia) are never to be heard by the masses again, adding a further mystique to Mindz’ story.
On FGAC, we are offered a window seat ride “through a land of bandits and designer drugs…” as Mindz vividly narrates his account of present day Nottingham’s highs and lows, with additional features from popular UK sharpshooter Micky Grim, who’s accolades include two appearances on Charlie Sloth’s legendary Fire in the Booth.
The cinematic, soulful and sometimes dark production is handled almost exclusively by Graphwize, a heralded beat-smith (Freddie Gibbs, Conway, Kool G Rap), hailing from Ontario, Canada. Soundscapes from Maryland’s DJ Mastamind also chime in sparingly on the project’s interludes, giving the listener dashes of character, and even humour at times.
‘For Green And Country’ serves as an introduction to Mindz Malverde in this new era of digital streaming, and a re-introduction to street savvy, East-coast influenced British rap with an ear for lyricism – a sound we have not heard for sometime from these shores proving that the current ‘Renaissance’ of golden age style Hip Hop we are witnessing is not exclusive to the USA, and that the era’s influence clearly struck a chord in hearts worldwide.
An 11-track effort, FGAC is the current standard for Midlands Hip-Hop kicking off 2022. The bar has been set high and Mindz intends to keep it that way.
For Green and Country, coz its never been about the Queen, it’s all about the money.Mindz Malverde
For Green and Country coz that’s where the trees grow, by the East Midlands Airport nowhere near Heathrow.
For Green and Country- One man’s dedication, to the convicted and those who passed legislations.
From the high-rise tower blocks of the inner-city to the depths of Sherwood Forest, welcome to Robin Hood Country- Nottingham, UK.
For Green And Country is out now.