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Substantial is timelessly substantial in fifth album

Longtime QN5 artist and past label-member of Mello Music Group, Substantial, releases his fifth solo LP, The Past Is Always Present In The Future, at the top of 2017 and he’s at the top of his game and on top of his craft with a fully grown mentality, a byproduct of him remaining a responsible emcee and deciding to be a good father (“In My Daughter’s Eyes” includes lessons on raising our world’s little girls). Substantial has an iron-will as he fights for the have nots, shows where he comes from, and looks at the state of the ghetto and his past daze (and days) with perfect clarity. T.P.I.A.P.I.T.F. may sound a little too rosy for some hardcore listeners, but with peace and love, Substantial nevertheless comes bearing hopes, values and lots of motivational speech in the everlasting, time-conscious masterpiece.

Awesome Collection

This is a great work containing some of my favorite songs. No turning Back was the song that made me a Substantial fan for life.

Another magnificent album from Mr. Consistent!

If you've been listening to Substantial, you'll know that a majority of these tracks have already been released via the three EPs that came before this album. However, I think it's great to see them all be included; being that while they are three seperate projects, they still manage to flow so well with one another and communicate the central theme of the album as a whole.

Anyway, this is an all around fantastic project all the way through, both musically and lyrically. Over the productions of Oddisee, Marcus D, the Other Guys, and Algorythm, Substantial speaks to us about his passion, family, his hometown, and more. Overall, it's just positive and refreshing hip-hop that is great to listen to. It's very nostalgic (the album cover), it has surprising and enjoyable guests (Uyama Hiroto's contribution to "No Turning Back," Tonedeff, and Cise Starr on "No Better Time"), and it's basically everything you want from a Substantial album.

Couldn't be more happier with how it turned out. If you're a jazz-hop fan I'd highly suggest buying it, whether CD or digitally. Much respect to Sub for still creating great content for this long.

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