In the over-saturated hip hop realm of throwback gimmicks and bleak failures glossed and packaged as “creative and groundbreaking”, it has become difficult for many of today’s emcees to pull themselves above the throng and deliver anthems that convey street authenticity as well as creative evolution. Tone Liv, a.k.a Da Mayor, manages to crawl his way out of the malaise of this wasteland of clichés and deliver on both fronts in a way that captivates without alienating; despite the fact that Tone may very well be from another planet. Or maybe just New Jersey.
In a state that has spawned such historic rap powerhouses as Redman, Rah Digga, and the Artifacts; Tone is determined to forge his own place in this legacy simply by being himself and commanding acknowledgment. Subjecting his formative years to such insanely brilliant emcees as Ghostface Killah, MF Doom, and Freddie Foxx, Tone administers doses of lethal street venom with enough abstract adjectives to mash his way across the disjointed spectrum of “genres” and bludgeon the listener in the barrage, while bearing a vocal tone similar to Chief Kamachi. Tone often chooses beats that make you feel like you have warped into a psychotic decaying street kingdom where he presides as Mayor and rap overlord, relying on distorted and obsolete sounds to splash the listener with a psychedelic vision of the way Tone sees his world; doused in dim lights, gutter slime, liquor, blood, and graffiti.
With an obsessive work ethic fueled by beer; Tone has waved the banner of the Green Llama collective proudly, appearing on several of their releases, specifically Dibiase’s “Llamaville”, Uncut Raw’s “Heavy Dose”, City Slick’s “Antique Black”, Decay “Unlikely Hero” & “Unlikely Villain”, among others. He has also released a few of his own projects such as “Beer for Breakfast” and the “Birth of Doggie Jones”. Most recently, he unleashed more of your grimiest nightmares into the world in the forms of “Superhero Sandwiches”buy now – iTunes) the album and The Remarkable Mayor’s “The Campaign” (buy now – iTunes).
Now available for free download is a 10-track EP from Tone Liv titled “Path Train To Jersey”!
2. Chill (prod. by Tha S Ence)
3. Ways Of The World feat. Sosh B. Cardi & Yoshi (prod. by Vincent Price)
4. Splish Splash (prod. by Custodian of Records)
5. Doin My Numbers (prod. by Scotty Beans)
6. Amazing feat. Doh Boy (prod. by PhD)
7. Big (prod. by PhD)
8. Vegas Night (prod. by Tuff Guy)
9. Mic Vick feat. Sosh B. Cardi (prod. by Tha S ence)
Free Download: “Path Train To Jersey” EP