Styles1001 and the late Rasar Amani collaborate in the soulful, jazz-inspired album ‘The M9 Project’

"It taps into higher frequencies, it's long, it's deep, it's a triumph story, and impactful."
28 November 2022

Mostly known for his signature jazz-inspired, melodic, boom-bap style beats, Sacramento-based producer Styles1001, returns with The M9 Project with the late great Poet/Emcee Rasar Amani. Rasar’s smooth but deliberate flow hits with a punch while Styles delivers that jazzy, melodic, and boom-bap sound he’s known for. This album is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before so brace yourself for something fresh and unique.

The dynamic duo met in the studio for the first time in 2009 and worked together on Styles’ debut album The Solution. It came out in 2010.

In 2013, Rasar approached Styles about forming a duo called M9 and putting together an album called ‘The Mellow 9‘. The goal was to create a thought-provoking, jazz-inspired, and hip-hop album. Hence the name ‘Mellow’. The project eventually evolved into The M9 Project.

Check out our quickfire Q&A with the Sacramento-based producer:

From your debut album ‘The Solution’ In 2010, until your latest work ‘The M9 Project’, what has your musical journey been like so far?

My musical journey has evolved since The Solution. Now having a better idea of what instruments work well together and what frequencies blend.

Tell us everything we should know about ‘The M9 Project

The M9 Project is heartfelt, will require a few listenings, complex in the matter, taps into higher frequencies, it’s long, it’s deep, it’s a triumph story, and impactful.

Are Sacramento and the surrounding landscape that you live in heavily influence your music?

Not directly. What has influenced my music has been that I have traveled to different countries and experienced different genres of music.

If you had to describe your sound in three words (or more) what would they be?

Melodic, soulful, organic, signature sound

What do you want people to take away from listening to your music?

That this producer understands music and instrumentation.

What is the one song you wish that you had written yourself?

‘Reminisce’ by Pete Rock

What can we look forward to next from you?

Instrumental album with one or two songs that have lyrics

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