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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

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Revolt TV Local Love tour video review. - Revolt TV


It’s been known, but let me reiterate: PHILLY GOT SPITTERS. Check out Philly emcee Aquil's new album Land of Synth. This is a prime example of great beat selection and potent flows reminiscent of Black Thought. Featured producers include Trey Hemingway, AbJo, Knxwledge, Astronote and many more. While the album boasts the characteristic of being “innovative”, nothing really new is done here but this is more of a case of making great music. Fundamental quality over “innovative” all day. - Back 2 Pluto


Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview Aquil for my #RapChat Interview series.

I first heard about the Philadelphia based emcee via The Bright Lady Sessions project with Yahzilla. The chemistry between the emcees is what really sold me.

Aquil takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about his latest release Land of Synth while traveling to a show. Talk about work ethic.

You can stream Land of Synth below and purchase it HERE. - See more at: http://www.praverb.net/2012/12/aquil-talks-about-land-of-synth-twitter.html#sthash.iRAj8xeu.dpuf - Patrick McNease


I first came across Aquil earlier this year when he released The Bright Lady Sessions with fellow emcee, Yahzilla produced by 9th Wonder & The Soul Council. His debut album, Land Of Synth was released on November 30th and features production by Astronote, E.Jones & more. This is a project that fans of lyricism and hip hop heads will appreciate. I’ve been bumping it for the whole afternoon. Some of my personal favorite tracks are ”Golden Ratio” and “Do For Love” featuring Toronto’s own Phoenix Pagliacci. Check it out below. - Zoi


Philly-rhymesayer Aquil gets deep with his words on “40º North.” With a kicking drum loop provided by Astronote, Aquil rhymes about his home city over some jazzy production. The track is a single off of his upcoming project, Land of Synth. Stream below: - Stone


This Philadelphia-based MC’s last album was mostly recorded with synthesizers, creating laidback, old-school vibes reminiscent of classic ’90s hip-hop. - POP Montreal


Emcee Aquil has been making records in his hometown of Philadelphia for a few years now, but has remained relatively unknown outside of the area until now. He seems poised to breakout, though, with his latest album, Land of Synth. Working with a handful of producers constructing songs on synthesizers, Aquil introduces himself to a potentially new audience as a thoughtful and creative artist.

The first comparison that came to mind when I heard Aquil rhyme was to another Philly emcee, Has-Lo. They both have a subtle approach to the mic and are able to bring their listeners close as they communicate deeply personal and emotional verses. The both also work without a lot of frills, which aren't necessary to what they're doing. The best part of Aquil’s work on Land of Synth is the way in which he’s able to address big picture issues, personal issues, abstract ideas, and still manage to have fun with it. It’s heavy without getting burdensome, fun without seeming meaningless. There is one moment at the end of the album in which it seems like he’s playing into the cliché of conscious rapper speaking down to his audience. However, at the end of “Integrity,” Aquil pulls the rug out from under his listeners by slipping in a sample of Keenen Ivory Wayans in Don’t Be A Menace... yelling “Message!” A song like “40° North” is a great example of what makes Aquil special. In it, he does a great job of delivering a complex picture of his hometown, discussing his struggles to find his place in it as a struggling artist, along with his love and frustrations with the place he calls home. “Do For Love” does not go for the obvious romantic slow jam angle, instead talking at length about how he developed his love for music. Many people will casually listen to this song, hear the gorgeous hook laid down by Phoenix Pagliacci and just assume the song is about a woman and miss the references to Marley, Isley, and Wu-Tang. “1984” is one of the most moving anti-war songs I’ve heard in a while, which has a lot to do with the way that Aquil’s style doesn’t beat you over the head to drive the point home. Instead, it’s up to the listener to meet him halfway and pay attention to a story about soldier who gets in over his head faster than he could have anticipated.

There are several producers working with Aquil on this record, including TheEnginear, Astronote, E. Jones, Trey Hemingway, Bhonstro, Abjo, Arcka, Knxledge, The Jazzment, O Da Beatgoon, and Christopher Killumbus. With this many cooks in the kitchen, the album could have easily sounded muddled and unfocused, but that is not the case hear. Everything comes together and flows very well. Some tracks sound very contemporary, some draw on electro-boogie, some draw on Dirty South, some draw on some early ‘90s East Coast hip hop, but it all comes together. There are a few tracks that I’m not in love with, such as the title track, but it’s more about stylistic preference and not loving the hook than the song actually being bad. One thing that is done very well over the course of the album is the use of audio clips to further facilitate the discussion of certain points, many stemming from the issue of race. The clips are spaced out just enough and run just the right length to get listeners thinking about issues without ruining the momentum of the album, which plenty of albums suffer from.

Land of Synth isn’t perfect, but there is a lot to like about what Aquil’s done here. First and foremost, he’s an emcee that has gotten my attention as a story teller, communicator, and artist with vision. Even with a few stylistic choices that I didn’t love on the album, it wasn’t anything I couldn’t get past to see all the good things that were happening. This is a big step forward for him, and hopefully the momentum will keep him growing and releasing more great hip hop in the future.
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Title:
Aquil - Land of Synth
Label:
S/R
Year:
2012
Rating:
7/10 - CHI CHI


[New Music] “Land of Synth” by Aquil …I bumped into Aquil for the first time at a show on South Street in Philly, PA presented by Rhymestreet.com in 2011. I couldn’t help but notice he had an old soul, wise beyond his years, and a calm presence. A street poet of the highest order, Aquil has proven time and again in passing that he doesn’t have a whack bone in his body. Click here to find him on facebook, he’s mad humble too, not gonna spam you with the promo! That’s always a huge plus! Land of Synth is an absolute must-listen for the Philly music fan. Instant classic. Click the photo for a free stream and buy Land of Synth. Its worth every penny. - Mic Stewart


EPK Stream - Art Above reality


Land of Synth is Aquil‘s first full Length LP that involves production using synthesizers, issues on authenticity and synthetic feelings, and features several dope producers on the boards. Give this a listen below.

“Land of Synth” plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the “music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few. “Land of Synth” reveals heavy themes of political corruption, illegal wars, to lighter topics of appreciating life and the use of imagination. From the very first verse Aquil takes you on a journey of the mind and heart of major over arching themes of life, imagination and perception. The ability to take the esoteric, and imaginative elements then making them blend to melodies is Aquil’s strongest talent. The diversity of topics, flows, and overall refreshing production ranging from electronic influence to acid jazz and 90s hip hop will be sure to keep your ears interested. It is a journey inside ones self via introversion to those places few dare to look and even more refuse to contemplate. Land of Synth tackles heavy issues with a tenacity yet overall light heartiness and positive outlook on the other side. - seangevity


“Land of Synth” plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the “music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few. “Land of Synth” reveals heavy themes of political corruption, illegal wars, to lighter topics of appreciating life and the use of imagination. From the very first verse Aquil takes you on a journey of the mind and heart of major over arching themes of life, imagination and perception. The ability to take the esoteric, and imaginative elements then making them blend to melodies is Aquil’s strongest talent. The diversity of topics, flows, and overall refreshing production ranging from electronic influence to acid jazz and 90s hip hop will be sure to keep your ears interested. It is a journey inside ones self via introversion to those places few dare to look and even more refuse to contemplate. Land of Synth tackles heavy issues with a tenacity yet overall light heartiness and positive outlook on the other side. - Bringing Down the Band


Some say modern music is saturated by unnecessary effects, taking away the natural sound of vocals and instrumentation. If you’re one of those people, it’d probably take something special for you to appreciate careful use of these synthetic ideas. Enter Aquil, a rapper straight out of Philly. His lyrical quality and ability to connect with his listeners makes him stand out, helped along by the calibre of production. On Land of Synth, Aquil’s rhymes meander with the sounds of Knxwledge, Astronote, Arcka, Abjo and others to create a vibrant musical landscape. The lyricism is strong and varied, dabbling on the subjects of politics and war but also the lighter side of life. - Sample Face


Some say modern music is saturated by unnecessary effects, taking away the natural sound of vocals and instrumentation. If you’re one of those people, it’d probably take something special for you to appreciate careful use of these synthetic ideas. Enter Aquil, a rapper straight out of Philly. His lyrical quality and ability to connect with his listeners makes him stand out, helped along by the calibre of production. On Land of Synth, Aquil’s rhymes meander with the sounds of Knxwledge, Astronote, Arcka, Abjo and others to create a vibrant musical landscape. The lyricism is strong and varied, dabbling on the subjects of politics and war but also the lighter side of life. - Sample Face


There’s something to be said for artists that can marry potent lyricism and musicality. Often times, artists have one thing or the other. I’ll refrain from naming anyone specifically but I’m sure you know plenty of them. Especially those on the “Beats Be Savin’ ‘Em” side.



Enter newcomer Aquil with “40º North.” The boy goes IN on this one! It’s mellowed out and jazzified production from Astronote is almost overwhelmed by words from Aquil. He throws in equal doses of social commentary and Philly pride as he tells of the pitfalls of his city.



“40º North” is a solid intro to Aquil and his EP ‘Land of Synths‘, available now on Bandcamp. - Jack Thriller


On Friday, November 16th, 2012, hip hop virtuoso AQUIL presents a listening party for his much anticipated debut LP “LAND OF SYNTH”. The project is due for release this fall but we want the people to get a preview, ask questions, and gain more insight into what "Land of Synth" is all about! This FREE event will feature DJ RocDaSpot and will be held from 7PM-10PM at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Gallery, 2737 Cambridge Street, in the Fairmount/Art Museum district of Philadelphia, PA. Light Food & Drink Will Be Provided Free Giveaways 18+ to enter | 21+ to drink RSVP via this page or at AgeOfAquil@gmail.com Sponsored by SFX (S.Frosty Networx)|www.facebook.som/SFXpage Blake Montgomery LLC iSpitMarketing LLC – www.iamnotarapperispit.com PodcastWednesdays | @PodcastWeds Rhymestreet Magazine | www.rhymestreet.com The Liberator Magazine - www.liberatormagazine.com HipFresh - www.hipfresh.com Hip Hop Party for the People (HHPP) Age of Aquil |@Aquil84 : : A Q U I L : : www.AQUIL.bandcamp.com/ www.soundcloud.com/aquil84 www.redbullsoundstage.com/AQUIL www.reverbnation.com/AQUIL84 Those with a keen ear for music definitely gravitate towards the lyrical skills of rapper Aquil, a Philadelphia native, born and raised, with a signature sound. With a poetic out pour in his verses, it’s easy for listeners to connect with and get lost in the rhymes of this deep-thinking artist. Being compared with Hip-Hop founding fathers such as Rakim, Nas, Tupac, Black Thought, KRS-ONE, Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Aquil takes their influences and elite comparisons in stride. As a lifelong admirer of music, he has honed his skills, unafraid to mix genres such as the Blues, Jazz, Afro Beat, and Funk into a Hip-Hop interpretation. His live shows reflect just that; creativity and a fearlessness that leaves the crowd captivated, inspired and shouting for more. Aquil has performed all over the country and even internationally, at the 2012 NXNEi(North by North East interactive festival)

Read more: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/events/176704075.html#ixzz2F9nPuC1y
- Philadelphia Weekly


The lead single from Land of The Synths. Produced by Arcka - Fatboyradio dot com


New single offers up a sneak preview of up and coming LP, Land of Synth

Philly-bred emcee Aquil recently released the track "B-sides" in order to give fans a sneak preview of what they can expect to hear when his debut album Land of Synth finally hits the streets this fall. Over a steady head-noddin' beat provided by producer Bhonstro, Aquil steers his lyrics to a place that speaks for those who are under-represented and are unjustly treated like “B-Sides”. The new single also features harmonies from singer and emcee Electric Lady on the chorus. A great opening shot from what promises to be a solid debut from Aquil. - Steady Rock


If you’re not already tapped in to how vibrant and exciting the Philadelphia hip-hop scene is, tonight’s formidable lineup at Silk City could be your school. Headlined by smooth-jam philosopher Aquil (pictured), it also features the old-school flavor of Afloe and the futuristic sounds of Sëla, the production powerhouse of Writtenhouse, the fierce cold cuts of Yahzilla, Electric Lady and her haunting vocal stylings, and Arkatron and his sampler-instrumental alchemy. Listen to tracks and watch videos from each below, and get ready to party. Aquil, Afloe, Writtenhouse, Sëla, Yahzilla, Electric Lady and Arkatron play Silk City Diner, 425 Spring Garden St., tonight beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $5. - WXPN The Key


"Gets your dogs muzzled / I'm drunk off the power I guzzle / Break men into pieces, leave em puzzled" [Elzhi]

It's that time of the week once again for me to raise the anchor and set sail on board the good ship "Morpheus" for another two hours plus of your favourite artists, favourite pod-cast. Slightly later than usual, but guaranteed to be another fantastic edition, where; on this supa-deluxe episode, I've selected more of the freshest hip-hop joints, dropped a dash of broken beat heaven, plus; a Matrix of Morpheus Soul to blow your dome piece, with tracks featuring Stacy Epps, Dandy Teru, Aquil, Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band, Sean Born, The Physics, Masta Killa, Ralph Rip Shit, Sadat X, Mr. J. Medeiros, Donald Byrd, Positive Flow, Action Bronson, Elzhi, 80’s Babies, Hassaan Mackey & The Brand New Heavies.

Please Feel Free to Share & Spread The Love. Peace & Blessings.

For alternate download and full track-listing:

http://themorpheussoulshow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/a-morpheus-soul-pod-cast-8th-dec-12.html

ENJOY! - DJ Johnny Rebel


Aquil Featuring Margel Overton – Landof Synth: Any time I am blessed with a song by this young man I am always pleased. His lyrical style, delivery, and content are always intelligent, sharp, and Hip-Hop oriented. When I say his style is Hip-Hop oriented I am talking about the content of words he uses; he’s just simply flowing with the beat. His flow and delivery on this song reminds of Jay Electronica. If you like this track you should check out Aquil’s new album, The Land of Synth at: http://aquil.bandcamp.com - Eric Blair


Aquil – 40º North (prod. by Astronote) ((mp3)) - ScBonkersmusic group


Aquil (Philadelphia,PA) “40º North” Produced by Astronote @IStillLoveHER @Aquil84 - illisoulife


Land of Synth is Aquil first full Length LP involved production using synthesizers, yet touched on several issues dealing with authenticity and synthetic. Featuring several producers this project still remains cohesive in its message and theme of using creativity and imagination to break out of the synthetic trappings of the dull trite and mundane. - Funcion Abierta


Philly hip hop always comes strong with the authentic hip hop sound. Aquil cuts no corners with his latest album Land of Synth. His influences ranging from Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Sun Ra, Wutang, Outkast, and Pharaoh Monch set the tone on the official single entitled 40º North. - Def Tune


[Verse 1: Aquil]
Most of my heroes were murdered or ostracized
So how could I accommodate the lies
I see why niggas afraid to ride plus standing up suicide
When you collide with corporate interest where the power lies
Afraid to die, why’s our leadership predetermined
How many earn the position qualified
The first to lay they lives down and sacrifice
The brave we venerate deify continue backwards ways and misbehave
Picked off since the Roman times
From stone to crucifixion to lynching to bullets
Of assassins who were paid to pull it
Foolish to have a sense of agency
Leaders names are screamed
Niggas benedicts, playing for the wrong team
But of convenience front runners cowardice and scared to ride
True leaders in the trenches treated second class as B Sides

[Hook:Electric Lady]

Treat our leaders like they B Sides ain't too many people gone ride treat our leaders like they B sides
Treat em like they B Sides ain't too many people gone ride treat our leaders like they B sides
Treat em like they B Sides ain't too many people gone ride treat our leaders like they B sides
B Sides...B Sides...B Sides B sides

[Verse 2:Aquil]
Why be a leader for plight of the people
When martyrdom is sure to meet you hostile and deceitful
I see two options either co-opt you or red dot you
Odds are colossal and whats the prize of giving life when ideas die?
Perception-wise, deconstructed injustice, human rights are obstructed
Message taken mistaken used for commercial purposes
Reason for standing and speaking and the averted perverted escapist delusion
And drug comsumption adds to confusion
Losing heroes to heroin and betrayal
Colonize they pass the nails to impale the limbs
Of prophetic woman and men who meet they end
Short of they goal niggas in mind control
They love the same traps of killin those who address where they at
The reverance tends to pale to the hate they face the cells of opposition wires their place
The fakes ya’ll admiring in dire states
The fall of man and synthetic brands of leadership in their place
Its the bsides

[Hook:Electric Lady]
Ain't to many people gone ride treat our leaders like they B sides

Treated like they B Sides ain't too many people gone ride treat our leaders like they B sides

Treat em leaders like they B Sides ain't too many people gone ride treat our leaders like they B sides

B Sides...B Sides...B Sides b sides - Rap Genius dot com



Free Mp3: Aquil – 40º North (prod. by Astronote) » LAND OF SYNTH - PEACE Canada's Street Style Magazine


“Land of Synth” plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the “music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few. “Land of Synth” reveals heavy themes of political corruption, illegal wars, to lighter topics of appreciating life and the use of imagination. From the very first verse Aquil takes you on a journey of the mind and heart of major over arching themes of life, imagination and perception. The ability to take the esoteric, and imaginative elements then making them blend to melodies is Aquil’s strongest talent. The diversity of topics, flows, and overall refreshing production ranging from electronic influence to acid jazz and 90s hip hop will be sure to keep your ears interested. It is a journey inside ones self via introversion to those places few dare to look and even more refuse to contemplate. Land of Synth tackles heavy issues with a tenacity yet overall light heartiness and positive outlook on the other side.

Featuring production from several producers, Knxwledge, Astronote, Arcka, O Da Beatgoon, The Jazzment, Abjo and others the diversity in sound does not take away form the cohesiveness of the album. This 46 minute album flows easily between songs, and skits of social commentary, or comedic outburst. Land of Synth is the debut Release of Philadelphia, PA 2012 Coldest MC Aquil. While this album harps on the lack of imagination used by several artist, it clearly displays that creativity the commentary craves and imagination said to be lacking from song titles, to concepts and content. Land of Synth is certainly an album where imagination does exist! - Brains of BMW


The title of the album describes the sound that this album holds. Synthesizers are heavy on the LP that features production from notable names such as Astronote, AbJo, E. Jones, Knxwledge and more. Stream it below and opt to purchase the entire LP. - Fashionably Early


This album is dope! Aquil has been very busy this year releasing the critically acclaimed “Bright Lady Sessions” with Yahzilla produced by 9th Wonder and The Soul Council to being crowned the Coors lite coldest MC in Philadelphia by Ice Cube and DJ Drama and now he preps the release of is debut album “Land of Synth” Making noise with songs such as 40º North produced by Astronote and Do for Love produced by E. Jones this album has received radio play in several markets.

Land of Synth is due for release NOV 30TH on all digital outlets!! This album is a quintessential mix of production, lyrics, content, creativity while being artistically entertaining. - Dot Got It dot com


Philly Emcee Aquil Releases Land of Synth - Rhyme Street Magazine


Aquil - Land of Synth

It’s been known, but let me reiterate: PHILLY GOT SPITTERS. Check out Philly emcee Aquil’s new album Land of Synth. This is a prime example of great beat selection and potent flows reminiscent of Black Thought. Featured producers include Trey Hemingway, AbJo, Knxwledge, Astronote and many more. While the album boasts the characteristic of being “innovative”, nothing really new is done here but this is more of a case of making great music. Fundamental quality over “innovative” all day. - Back 2 Pluto


“Land of Synth” plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the “music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few. “Land of Synth” reveals heavy themes of political corruption, illegal wars, to lighter topics of appreciating life and the use of imagination. From the very first verse Aquil takes you on a journey of the mind and heart of major over arching themes of life, imagination and perception. The ability to take the esoteric, and imaginative elements then making them blend to melodies is Aquil’s strongest talent. The diversity of topics, flows, and overall refreshing production ranging from electronic influence to acid jazz and 90s hip hop will be sure to keep your ears interested. It is a journey inside ones self via introversion to those places few dare to look and even more refuse to contemplate. Land of Synth tackles heavy issues with a tenacity yet overall light heartiness and positive outlook on the other side.

Featuring production from several producers, Knxwledge, Astronote, Arcka, O Da Beatgoon, The Jazzment, Abjo and others the diversity in sound does not take away form the cohesiveness of the album. This 46 minute album flows easily between songs, and skits of social commentary, or comedic outburst. Land of Synth is the debut Release of Philadelphia, PA 2012 Coldest MC Aquil. While this album harps on the lack of imagination used by several artist, it clearly displays that creativity the commentary craves and imagination said to be lacking from song titles, to concepts and content. Land of Synth is certainly an album where imagination does exist! - Revolt Radio


Tracklist:
1.Archetype (prod. by TheEnginear)
2.40º North (prod. by Astronote)
3.Do for love feat. Phoenix Pagliacci (prod. by E. Jones)
4.1984 (prod. by Trey Hemingway) 03:21
5.B-sides feat. Electric Lady (prod. by Bhonstro)
6.Small things feat. Charlie K (prod. by Abjo)
7.Land of Synth feat. Margel Overton (prod. by Trey Hemingway)
8.Live love love life (prod. by Abjo)
9.The Ritual (prod. by Arcka)
10.Metatron to Heru (prod. by Knxwledge)
11.Golden Ratio feat. Yazhilla DJ Supa (prod. by Astronote)
12.Image creation feat. Electric Lady (prod. by The Jazzment)
13.The Kingdom [Malkuth] (prod. by O Da Beatgoon)
14.Integrity feat. Thee General (prod. by Christoper Killumbus)

Aquil‘s album “Land of Synth” plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few.

“Land of Synth” reveals heavy themes of political corruption, illegal wars, to lighter topics of appreciating life and the use of imagination. From the very first verse Aquil takes you on a journey of the mind and heart of major over arching themes of life, imagination and perception. The ability to take the esoteric, and imaginative elements then making them blend to melodies is Aquil’s strongest talent. The diversity of topics, flows, and overall refreshing production ranging from electronic influence to acid jazz and 90s hip hop will be sure to keep your ears interested. It is a journey inside ones self via introversion to those places few dare to look and even more refuse to contemplate. Land of Synth tackles heavy issues with a tenacity yet overall light heartiness and positive outlook on the other side.

Featuring production from several producers, Knxwledge, Astronote, Arcka, O Da Beatgoon, The Jazzment, Abjo and others the diversity in sound does not take away form the cohesiveness of the album. This 46 minute album flows easily between songs, and skits of social commentary, or comedic outburst. Land of Synth is the debut Release of Philadelphia, PA 2012 Coldest MC Aquil. While this album harps on the lack of imagination used by several artist, it clearly displays that creativity the commentary craves and imagination said to be lacking from song titles, to concepts and content. Land of Synth is certainly an album where imagination does exist!

Enjoy Land of Syth below: - Your Strongest Ally


Aquil takes listeners to the Land Of Synth via his
new album of 3-D visual lyricism and ambitious
production by Arcka, Knxwledge, E. Jones,
AbJo, Astronote & more. Aquil represents
hip-hop’s new class of exciting lyricists,
& his exceptional release is out now
via your favorite online retailers. - Culture King


Earlier today I had the opportunity to interview Aquil for my #RapChat Interview series.

I first heard about the Philadelphia based emcee via The Bright Lady Sessions project with Yahzilla. The chemistry between the emcees is what really sold me.

Aquil takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about his latest release Land of Synth while traveling to a show. Talk about work ethic.

You can stream Land of Synth below and purchase it - Praverb dot Net


Land of Synth is Aquil first full Length LP involved production using synthesizers, yet touched on several issues dealing with authenticity and synthetic. Featuring several producers this project still remains cohesive in its message and theme of using creativity and imagination to break out of the synthetic trappings of the dull trite and mundane. - HTP DOT CALM


Here is the album “Land Of Synth” from Aquil, who is a very talented Philly emcee whose wordplay, flow and lyrics has impressed me since first hearing him and fellow emcee Yahzilla’s collaborative EP “The Bright Lady Sessions”. Take a listen to project below, share your thoughts and/or comments on it below and look for it’s official release on 11/30. - The Embassy 730


Land Of Synth is due out for release on November 30th. Listen to the album stream & EPK from Aquil below. - Emcee Enthusiast


“Land of Synth” plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the “music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few.

“Land of Synth” reveals heavy themes of political corruption, illegal wars, to lighter topics of appreciating life and the use of imagination.
From the very first verse Aquil takes you on a journey of the mind and heart of major over arching themes of life, imagination and perception. The ability to take the esoteric, and imaginative elements then making them blend to melodies is Aquil’s strongest talent. The diversity of topics, flows, and overall refreshing production ranging from electronic influence to acid jazz and 90s hip hop will be sure to keep your ears interested. It is a journey inside ones self via introversion to those places few dare to look and even more refuse to contemplate. Land of Synth tackles heavy issues with a tenacity yet overall light heartiness and positive outlook on the other side.

Featuring production from several producers, Knxwledge, Astronote, Arcka, O Da Beatgoon, The Jazzment, Abjo and others the diversity in sound does not take away form the cohesiveness of the album. This 46 minute album flows easily between songs, and skits of social commentary, or comedic outburst. Land of Synth is the debut Release of Philadelphia, PA 2012 Coldest MC Aquil. While this album harps on the lack of imagination used by several artist, it clearly displays that creativity the commentary craves and imagination said to be lacking from song titles, to concepts and content. Land of Synth is certainly an album where imagination does exist! - I Still Lover H.E.R.


The homie Aquil released his album Land of Synth some time ago. The album plays on several themes of synthetic sounds, to the synthetic roles played by artist in the “music industry to every day life. Influences run the gamut Sun Ra, Wutang to Nas, Tupac, The Roots, Mos Def, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharaoh Monch, and Outkast to name a few. Relax and Listen! - STR8OUTDADEN


I first came across Aquil earlier this year when he released The Bright Lady Sessions with fellow emcee, Yahzilla produced by 9th Wonder & The Soul Council. His debut album, Land Of Synth was released on November 30th and features production by Astronote, E.Jones & more. This is a project that fans of lyricism and hip hop heads will appreciate. I’ve been bumping it for the whole afternoon. Some of my personal favorite tracks are ”Golden Ratio” and “Do For Love” featuring Toronto’s own Phoenix Pagliacci. Check it out below. - Bad Perm dot com




On Friday, November 16th, 2012, hip hop virtuoso AQUIL presents a listening party for his much anticipated debut LP “LAND OF SYNTH”. The project is due for release this fall but we want the people to get a preview, ask questions, and gain more insight into what "Land of Synth" is all about!

This FREE event will feature DJ RocDaSpot and will be held from 7PM-10PM at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Gallery, 2737 Cambridge Street, in the Fairmount/Art Museum district of Philadelphia, PA.

Light Food & Drink Will Be Provided
Free Giveaways
18+ to enter | 21+ to drink

RSVP via this page or at AgeOfAquil@gmail.com

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Those with a keen ear for music definitely gravitate towards the lyrical
skills of rapper Aquil, a Philadelphia native, born and raised, with a
signature sound. With a poetic out pour in his verses, it’s easy for
listeners to connect with and get lost in the rhymes of this deep-thinking
artist.
Being compared with Hip-Hop founding fathers such as Rakim, Nas,
Tupac, Black Thought, KRS-ONE, Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Aquil
takes their influences and elite comparisons in stride. As a lifelong
admirer of music, he has honed his skills, unafraid to mix genres such as
the Blues, Jazz, Afro Beat, and Funk into a Hip-Hop interpretation. His
live shows reflect just that; creativity and a fearlessness that leaves
the crowd captivated, inspired and shouting for more. Aquil has performed all over the country and even internationally, at the 2012 NXNEi(North by North East interactive festival)
Event Information
Friday November 16, 2012
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
18+
Cover Notes: FREE ADMISSION
Music: Hip Hop
RSVP Email: ageofaquil@gmail.com
Contact Email: ageofaquil@gmail.com
Links
Direct Link: http://fusicology.com/event/landofsynth
Short URL: http://fuse.ms/TidWy4
Venue URL: http://aquil.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/458874397488136/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aquil84
- Fusicology


On Friday, November 16th, 2012, hip hop virtuoso AQUIL presents a listening party for his much anticipated debut LP “ LAND OF SYNTH ”. The project is due for release this fall but we want the people to get a preview, ask questions, and gain more insight into what “Land of Synth” is all about!

This FREE event will feature DJ RocDaSpot and will be held from 7PM-10PM at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Gallery, 2737 Cambridge Street, in the Fairmount/Art Museum district of Philadelphia, PA.

Light Food & Drink Will Be
Provided
Free Giveaways
18+ to enter | 21+ to drink

RSVP via Facebook page or at AgeOfAquil@gmail.com

http://fusicology.com/event/landofsynth/https://www.facebook.com/events/458874397488136/

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: : A Q U I L : :
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Those with a keen ear for music definitely gravitate towards the lyrical
skills of rapper Aquil, a Philadelphia native, born and raised, with a
signature sound. With a poetic out pour in his verses, it’s easy for
listeners to connect with and get lost in the rhymes of this deep-thinking
artist.
Being compared with Hip-Hop founding fathers such as Rakim, Nas,
Tupac, Black Thought, KRS-ONE, Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Aquil
takes their influences and elite comparisons in stride. As a lifelong
admirer of music, he has honed his skills, unafraid to mix genres such as
the Blues, Jazz, Afro Beat, and Funk into a Hip-Hop interpretation. His
live shows reflect just that; creativity and a fearlessness that leaves
the crowd captivated, inspired and shouting for more. Aquil has performed all over the country and even internationally, at the 2012 NXNEi(North by North East interactive festival)
- I Am Not A Rapper


We could tell Aquil was a forward-thinking MC when an insanely great hiphop show at Silk City this summer put him on our radar. His mix of adventurous production, thoughtful rhymes and massive catchiness continues on “The Ritual,” the first single we’re hearing from his Land of Synth LP, being released this winter. The track has the symphonic drama of a Mobb Deep cut, but comes alive with punchy beats a la Erik B and Rakim and and philosophizing on par with KRS-ONE. “This is what we call God-hop,” the refrain goes, but it’s evident listening that he’s not being preachy, religious or boastful, but rather introspective. Aquil will preview the entire Land of Synth LP in a listening party at Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Gallery this Friday, November 16; more information (and an RSVP for the show) here. - WXPN The Key




Creatively executing raps that evoke social, political and economic change while balancing life an as educator seems effortless for Philadelphia rapper Aquil Heru. As he prepares for his debut on an international stage, Aquil (his stage name) has placed a mark with hip-hop enthusiasts and legendary producers.

Aquil will perform at Toronto’s North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) on June 14. The seven-day festival will host 650 bands and screen 40 films from June 11 to June 17. Aquil accredits this new travel experience to Internet technologies and non-traditional ways of showcasing his music.

“Social media has helped me network and meet people that I never would have known. Social media has allowed me to reach a few people that actually listen and give my music a chance. Without Sonicbids.com I wouldn't have performed at the Brooklyn Hip-hop Festival or NXNE,” Aquil said.

He is no novice to music festivals. In the summer of 2010, Aquil performed at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

“I got to see how festivals work; the good and the bad of performing at those type of events. I got to meet a lot of people that I never thought I would or people that I consider legendary like De La Soul, Pete Rock and Buckshot.”

To date, his career has yield four albums: Blues People, Darkroom (of my mind), On the Ascendant and The Bright Lady Sessions.

From the collaborative project of The Bright Lady Sessions, Aquil worked with South Jersey rapper, Yahzilla, and hip hop producers 9th Wonder and the Soul Council. Recorded live at 9th Wonder’s North Carolina studio, Aquil explained that completing the nine-track EP was a memorable experience.

“It was great. They invited me and Yahzilla down to record with them in their studio called Bright Lady Studios for the entire weekend. We went down there from Friday to Sunday and basically recorded all day and all night and they let us record for free. They didn’t charge us anything. They gave us beats for free. Everybody was feel friendly.”

Aquil did admit that the experience taught him to be creative more quickly.

“I basically got an introduction to doing things on the spot, coming up with ideas and songs and basically completing them right on the spot,” he said.

Currently, he is working on his fifth album Land of Synth — which will feature soulful sounds of synthesized instruments. The project will be released in late summer.

Along with his music career, Aquil balances life as a first- and second-grade teacher at K.W. Reed Christian Academy for Boys. Teaching reading, science, math, English, social studies and language arts, Aquil said being an educator has given him new skills.

“I’m basically the mentor, big brother, teacher and it’s been a great experience. I learned a lot about weaknesses and strengths and also how to reach people. I’ve learned a lot from them as far as just how to communicate better and get ideas across.”

And with a teacher who appreciates composition of music, respects timeless artists and takes notes from different music genres, Aquil’s students are exposed to Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Ahmad Jamal in the classroom.

His career as a musical artist and teacher remain separate, but Aquil makes efforts in both areas to combat negative stereotypes of rappers.

“I don’t try to fit into the stereotype of what people think being a Black man is. I don’t try to fit in the stereotype of being a gangster, or a thug or a former drug dealer. I don’t front like I came up from a certain type of environment even though I’m from North Philly.

“I do music as true to myself as I can. I write from my experiences or even from my imagination, but it’s not from a point of view where I’m talking about a heist or crime spree. I’m talking about things that I imagine. I try to write what I think and feel, but at the same time, what I imagine how things could be.”

Join Aquil at his next Philadelphia performance at Silk City, - The Philadelphia Tribune


Recorded live at 9th Wonder‘s North Carolina studio, Bright Lady Studios, and featuring production from 9th and the Soul Council (E. Jones, Khrysis & more) Aquil + Yahzilla come through with their aptly titled EP, Bright Lady Sessions. - WeGoinIN, JPizzle


Recorded live at 9th Wonder‘s North Carolina studio, Bright Lady Studios, and featuring production from 9th and the Soul Council (E. Jones, Khrysis & more) Aquil and Yahzilla come through with their aptly titled EP, Bright Lady Sessions. The Philly/Jersey duo hit us with two joints over the last few months to give y’all a preview, and now the full 9-track EP is available for free download (after the jump). Get more familiar with all the players involved with this piece with their official EPK as well (after the jump). - Shamz


Recorded live at 9th Wonder‘s North Carolina studio, Bright Lady Studios, and featuring production from 9th and the Soul Council (E. Jones, Khrysis & more). - Grga


Aquil and Yahzilla merge their lyrical talents to offer The
Bright Lady Sessions, an EP of inspired tracks recorded
live @ 9th Wonder‘s North Carolina studio & produced
by 9th & Soul Council producers E. Jones, Khrysis
and Ka$h. The 9-song project is available now
as a free download via Bandcamp. - CK Lazers


"Recorded live at 9th Wonder‘s North Carolina studio, Bright Lady Studios, and featuring production from 9th and the Soul Council (E. Jones, Khrysis & more) Aquil and Yahzilla come through with their aptly titled EP, The Bright Lady Sessions. " - Kevin Nottingham



"Aquil + Yahzilla – All I Need: I was blessed to interview Aquil this past Sunday. Funny thing, Aquil was looking to submit a track to Fresh Fridays. I am so happy I met this young man because this song is sick! I mean shoot to ill type of sick. The beat is so soulful and the lyrics are so Hip-Hop. I am very thankful I met this up and coming Philly artist because I would have never heard his music. If you want to hear more from this group you can check them out here: http://aquil.bandcamp.com/" - Pop Culture Shock "Eric Blair"


Jazz, Blues, Soul, Gospel, Funk, Disco, and House all played a part in inspiring Aquil's sound. In some ways, he approached music nonchalantly, learning that he had a talent for rhyming only after putting together several spoofs of popular songs. Growing up on emcees like Nas, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, G Rap, EST, Redman, The Roots and Wu-Tang, allowed him to see the loss of lyrical content in Hip-Hop and the need to get back to the culture and roots of it. Aquil grew up in North Philly, one of six boys, so between his brothers and cousins there was a strong influence on the way he listened to music.

In 2008, Aquil dropped Blues People. Two years later, he put out Darkroom (of My Mind), which was a prelude to his latest album, On the Ascendant. On the Ascendant makes reference to the study of Astrology, and what Zodiac sign is on the horizon at the time of birth, to stress a new era of emceeing. The album was released in 2011 and is his first official album.

Read more: http://www.power99.com/pages/movement-blog.html?article=8921410#ixzz1iMxb43Ab
- Power 99 The Movement


Fusicology Presents "What Is Good Music Spring 2011 Compilation" Out Now | Stream Today! - Fusicology


Philly MC Aquil presents his new EP On The Ascendant, an effective
and inspired portrait of his reality set to majestic production. This EP
reinstates the feeling of when you could purchase something new
and be happily surprised by the quality of the jewels presented.
Pay attention to this cat – he understands what he’s doing. - Culture King


How did you get into music?
I got into Hip-Hop by spoofing songs... just making fun of popular songs... and I found out I could rap. So from there on, I started being more serious, made a few projects, and people liked it. I sensed that the message was being lost in the music. The content was being lost. People were just doing it to get money and not really recognizing the cultural background of it, the cultural integrity of the music. So I started taking it more serious because of it... and just bringing that side of it, the knowledge side. That's what made me want to contribute to Hip-Hop.

What's the Hip-Hop album you can't live without?
Wu-Tang Forever... I never heard a double Hip-Hop album that was... I mean... I could listen to that album... both CDs... straight through... and it impacted me. I remember when it came out. It's hard for me to listen to a double CD, especially Hip-Hop, straight through, and I could listen to that straight through.

How do you think Philly or aspects of Philly show up in your music?
Philly has had a great impact on me musically. You have so many legends. Of course, you have the Sound of Philadelphia. You have Gamble and Huff, but you also have so many recognized Jazz, Blues, Gospel artists... you have so many artists that have come here... You have the House of John Coltrane on 33rd Street right by Strawberry Mansion. Philadelphia has influenced me, not only musically, but aesthetically. It still has that mid-90s feel to it where things are very grimy, very rough, but at the same time, it's artistic. It's very culturally affluent.

Have any of Philly's emcees influenced you?
Schooly D, Bahamadia, of course, Black Thought, Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk.

So what obstacles do you think Philly emcees are facing?
They have to find their voice. I think that a lot of people are trying to follow other regions. There's no way that Philly should be sounding like Louisiana or New Orleans. Not saying you can't be influenced by them, but Philly always had its own sound that is distinct. People might say we already have our own sound but a lot of emcees copy whoever is popular so their music might not come out sounding like it's influenced by Philly. I think that's the biggest issue with the younger emcees.

Also, Philly has this mentality that we can only look at one person at a time. Where if you look at movements, there are bands of people, and when one rises, it gives recognition to another person that you might not have heard about. It's the cliché of "Rising Tide Rises All Boats," so if you heard about one person then you'll hear about the next person. In Philly it's like "I can't show that person love because I don't know him." It's a lot of politics but at the end of the day, no one is making any real noise.

What was the point of your albums? What were you trying to get across? My point was to bring back lyricism and content. I want to bring back the lyrics because people say that lyrics are not important anymore. It's more about the beat and catchy hook. So I want to show that you can be versatile. You can have lyrics, content, beat and hook. I basically wanted to bring back lyrics but also to tell my story. I feel like in popular media, the story is very stereotypical. It's not real. It's very easy to digest.

Read more: http://www.power99.com/pages/movement-blog.html?article=8921436#ixzz1iMmQvfJ3
- Power99 FM


How did you get into music?
I got into Hip-Hop by spoofing songs... just making fun of popular songs... and I found out I could rap. So from there on, I started being more serious, made a few projects, and people liked it. I sensed that the message was being lost in the music. The content was being lost. People were just doing it to get money and not really recognizing the cultural background of it, the cultural integrity of the music. So I started taking it more serious because of it... and just bringing that side of it, the knowledge side. That's what made me want to contribute to Hip-Hop.

What's the Hip-Hop album you can't live without?
Wu-Tang Forever... I never heard a double Hip-Hop album that was... I mean... I could listen to that album... both CDs... straight through... and it impacted me. I remember when it came out. It's hard for me to listen to a double CD, especially Hip-Hop, straight through, and I could listen to that straight through.

How do you think Philly or aspects of Philly show up in your music?
Philly has had a great impact on me musically. You have so many legends. Of course, you have the Sound of Philadelphia. You have Gamble and Huff, but you also have so many recognized Jazz, Blues, Gospel artists... you have so many artists that have come here... You have the House of John Coltrane on 33rd Street right by Strawberry Mansion. Philadelphia has influenced me, not only musically, but aesthetically. It still has that mid-90s feel to it where things are very grimy, very rough, but at the same time, it's artistic. It's very culturally affluent.

Have any of Philly's emcees influenced you?
Schooly D, Bahamadia, of course, Black Thought, Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk.

So what obstacles do you think Philly emcees are facing?
They have to find their voice. I think that a lot of people are trying to follow other regions. There's no way that Philly should be sounding like Louisiana or New Orleans. Not saying you can't be influenced by them, but Philly always had its own sound that is distinct. People might say we already have our own sound but a lot of emcees copy whoever is popular so their music might not come out sounding like it's influenced by Philly. I think that's the biggest issue with the younger emcees.

Also, Philly has this mentality that we can only look at one person at a time. Where if you look at movements, there are bands of people, and when one rises, it gives recognition to another person that you might not have heard about. It's the cliché of "Rising Tide Rises All Boats," so if you heard about one person then you'll hear about the next person. In Philly it's like "I can't show that person love because I don't know him." It's a lot of politics but at the end of the day, no one is making any real noise.

What was the point of your albums? What were you trying to get across? My point was to bring back lyricism and content. I want to bring back the lyrics because people say that lyrics are not important anymore. It's more about the beat and catchy hook. So I want to show that you can be versatile. You can have lyrics, content, beat and hook. I basically wanted to bring back lyrics but also to tell my story. I feel like in popular media, the story is very stereotypical. It's not real. It's very easy to digest.

Read more: http://www.power99.com/pages/movement-blog.html?article=8921436#ixzz1iMmQvfJ3
- Power99 FM


Philly representative, Aquil recently dropped his first official project, “The Ascendant”, which you can cop HERE. Produced by Kuddie Fresh, peep the visuals for Aq’s “Much Greater” above. Also, you’ll find productions from fellow Philly cohorts Writtenhouse and Y?Arcka on “The Ascendent”. - Bloggerhouse


Peter has a bagful of quality music including new tracks from J Live, Tall Black Guy, Ras G, Paul White and Teedra Moses. Plus to mark 20 years since it’s release Peter drops a classic from the Tribe’s album ‘The Low End Theory’! - The Block



Fresh off his debut release "On The Ascendant Ep" Aquil is releasing a new project titled Land Of Synth with a leading single for the project titled 40° N which is produced by Astronote. Aquil's thoughtful lyrics over this soulful Astronote production is nice. Hope this team will drop more stuff together. Maybe more on the new project. - Rapohnelizenz



The lead single off his album "Land Of Synth" features the socially conscious and determined approach of Aquil as he introduces himself and gives his view on the world around him. It seems he has a lot on his mind about life and manages to project many images within a short track time for a overall message and groove which is memorable. Astronote provides raw sounds on the board in his simple approach of using a dirty drum break, horns and some touches of synths to give the track a traditional Hip Hop feel. Be on the look out for more from this Philadelphia MC who has already worked with the likes of 9th Wonder and Kuddie Fresh. - Crates of Jr


Meet Aquil. He has released his EP entitled “On The Ascendant” in March 2011 and is currently recording his LP, “Traveling Light” but for all purposes, this landed our way. Enjoy. - Not Quite Millionaires


Last we heard from Jersey producer/emcee Yahzilla, he gave us the first single from his next solo project, Yahzilla Vs The World, via that dark dark love story. Today, he switches gears and teams up with Philly emcee Aquil for this 9th Wonder produced jawn “Re-Introduction,” off Yah and Aquil’s upcoming collabo EP, The Bright Lady Sessions (produced by The Soul Council). The EP gets its’ name from the studio it was recorded in (9th Wonder’s Bright Lady Studios in NC). Video directed by Yahzilla Films. - Okayplayer


Not too often do I come across a rap artist who is separate from the typical, “sellings drugs and disrespecting women,” type of rapper. Aquil, a Philadelphia native, thinks beyond the average everyday thoughts of many rappers today. He is a lyrical genius and he incorporates his extensive educational background in his words which leaves his listeners in deep, analytical thought. Interviewing Aquil left me in complete amazement because I was intrigued by the thought process involved in his songs.

Here is a part of the interview I did with Aquil…

BR: Why did you decide to be a part of the music industry?

Aquil: I never had intentions on it. Me and my friends played around with songs, recorded them and people liked what we did. Thats when it got serious

BR: Ok, so why rap? What drew you towards rap music?

Aquil: It was second nature to me. I grew up listening to it. My older brothers, cousins, aunts…etc played it. I was surrounded by it

BR: What genre of music influenced you and why?

Aquil: Diffferent types influenced me. For example, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Foreign music because Hip Hop samples all of these. I can become familiar with where the beat comes from. It allows me to appreciate the original

BR: Thats very true, I never thought about it that way.

So I see you’re a Temple grad, what did you major in?

Aquil: Well, I have a Bachelors in African American Studies and Criminal Justice

BR: Very impressive! Its great to know that you are so well rounded. That’s an amazing quality. What made you change your plans in terms of shifting from being a scholar to a rapper?

Aquil: Im actually thinking about going back. People tell me that Im a good artist. That motivates me. I enjoy it. The process of putting songs together is an enjoyable experience

BR: Cool! Well, I am honored to have interviewed you. I think that you have alot of potential and Im excited to see what’s next in your future

Aquil: Thanks, I appreciate it!

Be sure to Follow Aquil on Twitter (@Aquil84) , Visit his website (ageofaquil.com) and Listen to his music on (aquil.bandcamp.com) - Hip Hop Since 1987


We got their 9th Wonder produced first single back in September, now Jersey/Philly duo Yahzilla and Aquil return with their next jawn, “Yahzilla Meets Metatron.” The E. Jones produced song will appear on the duos upcoming EP, The Bright Lady Sessions (entirely produced by the Soul Council). Video directed by Yahya Ismail and Aquil X. - Okayplayer


"I want to introduce you guys to Aquil(Facebook) a Philly rapper who's working hard on creating fluid and meaningful hip hop. He mixes genres from Blues to Jazz to Funk into real smooth tracks. After releasing his first mixtape, Blues People in '08 he put together a solid new mixtape, Darkroom (of my mind) as a prelude to his upcoming EP On The Ascendent. When he sent over 'Much Greater' from Darkroom (of my mind) and 'Children' from the upcoming EP I enjoyed them both greatly, so please do the same. " - Fab4music


"Travs Take: The problem with getting 50-100 emails on a daily basis, is often Ill hear or see a name, and may even listen to their music and actually like it, but for whatever reason, it doesnt stick in my memory. Im pretty sure thats the case of Aquil. I know Ive seen the name and I want to say I liked his music, but I cant seem to find what I think it was that I thought I heard. None the less, after hearing and seeing Aquils video for his single Much Greater, I decided to check out more about him. I see that he is associated with another Philly name that has appeared on these pages in the form of former WYDU Spotlight Artist, Y?Arcka. So maybe thats where Ive heard the name, regardless I gave his latest project, Darkroom (Of My Mind) a listen and must say this cat has some talent. Well worth a listen." - Trav


Let infinite set the limits”

Savannah Boogie artist, Aquil, has his eyes set on “Much Greater”. Following his notable mixtape, Blues People, the Temple University graduate nears the release of his next EP, The Ascendant and subsequent prequel, Darkroom (Of My Mind).

“Darkroom (Of My Mind) comes from the literal darkroom where photos are developed. The photos I develop are songs which come from the ideas we all get in our minds. It also comes from discussions [I have with friends] about the current state of Hip Hop and how music ties into memories. Also, the idea came to me [while] listening to Kool G Rap “Men At Work” where he says “Developing pictures in ya brain like a darkroom”"

“The song, “Much Greater”, is of a sentiment that we succumb to odds and doubts of ourselves and others but we are much greater than popular media perceptions. We could be so much more and we have history to prove that and that is why I started with ‘Let infinite set the limits’” - Brooklyn Bodega


http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/20090320_Live_music___more__tonight_through_Thursday.html?page=2&c=y

Ultrasound Release Party: Duo ((Stereo))type celebrates the release of their latest work, "Ultrasound," in Northern Liberties with a few of their friends: Brandon Tyler, Y?Arcka, Aquil, Brandon Tyler, Ipso Facto, C-Smooth, Dialectics, Geovanni and DJ Femstar on the 1s and 2s. Sure to be a good time. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $5, 267-671-9298, www.iourecords.com/thefire. - Philadelphia Daily News


http://thehypemagazine.blogspot.com/2009/08/brooklyn-bodega-announces-august-show.html - The Hype Magazine


http://www.urb.com/promotions/next1000/profiles/1536-Aquil.php - Urb magazine


http://www.platform8470.com/reviews/reviews_selectedlp.asp?id=440

Although issued as a mixtape, the CD listens more like an album. With used beats as well as self-made productions, Aquil showcases in the first place his lyrical skills. Reminiscent of Nas, he flows with ease whether it's a Madlib, heavily jazz- (Fela Kuti) and funk- (The Sylvers) infested, old school ('86 Demotape') or boombap (the Nas homage 'World Is Yours') beat.

Nas-alike, he flows with accurate precision and a finesse with the English language, touching economy themes ('1929'), the history of music ('Blues People', where he celebrates musicians from Pati LaBelle to Bob Marley over Ahmad Jamal and a whooole lot more) or police brutality ('No Justice No Peace' with a nice Ice Cube sample).

This album breathes music history (there's skits from The Last Poets and Howling Wolf) and a piece of mind, introducing us to a well-skilled rapper whose debut album we're eagerly waiting.


- Platform 8470 Magazine


http://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/music/2009/10/14/digable-planets-writtenhouse-aquil-tonight-at-941-theater/ - Philadelphia Weekly


http://www.jrmusicexec.com/BizExclusives_Spring2009.pdf

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- JR. MUSIC EXECUTIVES


Aquil

“Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. Aquil is a lifelong admirer of music and has honed his skills unafraid to mix genres such as the Blues, Jazz, Afro Beat, and Funk into a Hip Hop interpretation. His live shows are remarkable leaving the crowd captivated, inspired and shouting for more. As a graduate of Temple University Aquil choose music because he wants to help return the feeling of inspiration hope and creativity. Many have alluded to similarities in his style with Rakim Nas Tupac The Roots, KRS-ONE, Common Mos Def and Talib Kweli. With lines that are unapologetic such as “I entered into a drought of musical doubts but open my mouth and eloquent notes just flow out” and “This platform for the stories that’s untold I’m like Dubois with a flow kick the souls of black folk” Aquil gets his points across with passion and technical grace. He gives you his thoughts and feelings along with historical analysis and social political commentary.”
- Phawker


[Brooklyn, NY, June 14, 2010] Brooklyn Bodega, producer of the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF), is proud to announce Those Chosen and Aquil will perform on the 2010 BHF stage.

L.A.-based trio Those Chosen and Illadelph MC Aquil, both signed to Savannah Boogie, the digital imprint for Brooklyn Bodega, will hit the main stage for the 6th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

“We’re truly excited about the addition these great MCs and groups to the BHF 2010 Lineup. Those Chosen and Aquil are the first artists signed to our digital distribution imprint Savannah Boogie and they will each bring their own style and flavor to the festival. This year’s BHF is sure to leave a lasting impression with fans across regions and generations.” – Wes Jackson, Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

Those Chosen and Aquil join a BHF 2010 lineup loaded with some of Hip-Hop’s best: Black Milk, Masta Ace, DJ Rhettmatic, Money Making Jam Boys, Curren$y, Fashawn, Skyzoo, the Duck Down Records 15th Anniversary celebration featuring Buckshot, 5FT, Smif N Wessun and DJ Evil Dee, and the BHF 2010 headliner, the legendary De La Soul.

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About the Artists

Those Chosen – The trio from L.A., consisting of Foreshadow, Kornbread and Japetto, is the first group signed to the Brooklyn Bodega digital imprint Savannah Boogie and are mainstays on the West Coast indie hip hop scene. They’ve had production from Grammy award-winning producer IZ Avila, THX and Sha Money XL protégé Dual Output. Their latest project, the EP 5IVE, is available right now for download on iTunes. Visit myspace.com/thosechosen for more information.

Aquil – Also signed to Brooklyn Bodega’s Savannah Boogie imprint, Aquil shows his dedication and appreciation to Hip Hop music and with authenticity, honesty and lyrically fluid delivery. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. Aquil is a lifelong admirer of music and has honed his skills unafraid to mix genres such as the Blues, Jazz, Afro Beat, and Funk into his own unique blend of Hip Hop. His latest album, Blues People, is currently available for purchase online at last.fm/music/Aquil.
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For more information on the Festival week of events and to catch up on the latest BHF 2010 news check out the new site www.BKHipHopFestival.com.??

PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE 2010 BHF HERE
- Brooklyn Bodega


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Bio

About Aquil


Those with a keen ear for music definitely gravitate towards the lyrical skills of rapper Aquil, a Philadelphia native, born and raised, with a signature sound. With a poetic out pour in his verses, its easy for listeners to connect with and get lost in the rhymes of this deep-thinking artist. Being compared with Hip-Hop founding fathers such as Rakim, Nas, Tupac, Black Thought, KRS-ONE, Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Aquil takes their influences and elite comparisons in stride. As a lifelong admirer of music, he has honed his skills, unafraid to mix genres such as the Blues, Jazz, Afro Beat, and Funk into a Hip-Hop interpretation. His live shows reflect just that; creativity and a fearlessness that leaves the crowd captivated, inspired and shouting for more.


Aquil is currently working on his next project after releasing his debut LP Land of Synth in the Fall of 2012. Land of Synth becoming a fan favorite and has gained the attention of several websites and music industry A&Rs. Aquil Has worked Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder and his production team the Soul Council. Collaborating with Yahzilla, Aquil created a project titled The Bright Lady Sessions in 2012 which has received critical acclaim gaining international attention and radio play. Aquil has performed  on the Revolt TV local love tour,  POP Montreal  NXNEi in Toronto, and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Aquil was named the coldest MC in Philadelphia by DJ Drama and Ice Cube for the 2012 Search For the Coldest competition. Aquil reminiscent of classic Hip Hop, as well as a quite unique, never heard before sound.Previously releasing two mixtapes, Blues People (September 2008), and Darkroom of My Mind (October 2010) which sonically sounded more like albums, Aquil set the mark very high; exuding purpose and style while maintaining substance.

Aquil Has performed at



Theater or the Living Arts (TLA)

Electric Factory
The Trocadero
Power99 FM studio
Silk City
The Clef Club
The Khyber Bar
The Mar Bar
Irish Pole
The Arts Garage
Elenas' Soul Cafe
The Fire
The Rotunda
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
Temple University Fall Home Coming 2008
Odunde Festival 2009


Canada(International)

2013  POP Montreal

2012 NXNEi festival




Syracuse University
Utica music festival 2009
The Sputnik Bar
Public Assembly

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2010

2010 Spring Break Panama City
Jacksonville FL 2010

2010 Howard University Homecoming

Band Members