MIXTAPE RELEASE: M-BOMB – A STORY NO ONE TOLD
In a sea of hip-hop artists chasing the latest trends, M-Bomb is a breath of fresh air. More concerned with storytelling than braggadocio, the 22-year-old emcee has always embraced and admired music’s ability to forge a deep connection with the listener. It should come as no surprise that among his biggest influences are Shad, Classified, and Common.
Originally from Waterloo, ON, M-Bomb (otherwise known as Martin Bauman) began rapping at the age of 15, after hearing Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s Black Star and Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” As a teenager, he honed his craft at talent shows and coffee houses, all while releasing a number of unofficial albums: 2009’s That’s Life and Baker’s Dozen, and 2011’s Revelation/Revolution. For the past three years, M-Bomb has been working towards his first official mixtape release, A Story No One Told.
A Story No One Told is a 10-track narrative originally inspired by Shad’s song of the same name and the idea that the greatest story never told is our own. “When asked about our lives and accomplishments, we’re often quick to downplay our experiences as commonplace and nothing special,” says M-Bomb. “The truth is, within each of us lies an incredible story waiting to be told. With this release, my aim is to tell my story, in the hope of inspiring others to take notice of their own.” A Story No One Told tells stories of hope, fear, love, regret, and optimism – often within the same breath.
Appropriately for such an introspective project, the mixtape is mostly feature-free, with the exception of an appearance by rising Oakville, ON emcee/producer A-Fos (who also mixed the project) on “Boom/Get Out The Way.” Production-wise, M-Bomb does double-duty on “How The Story Begins” and “While You Were Sleeping,” with the remainder of the mixtape sampling from a number of the most influential producers and artists in the Waterloo emcee’s lifetime.
Along with the release, M-Bomb has teamed up with a number of talented visual artist friends to create exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces of art for each song. The ten pieces will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Unity Charity.
Artist Name/Group: M-Bomb