On Tuesday August 12th 2014, released the Iowa edition of their 50 States Project titled “12 Iowa Bands You Should Listen To Now”. The only artist/band mentioned from Cedar Rapids is iMPERFEKT sitting at #5, followed shortly by our good friends Maxilla Blue from Des Moines at #7. iMP and Maxilla were also the only 2 Hip Hop acts mentioned on the whole list. Click on the pic below to peep the whole list and make sure you click on the links and check out all the goodness Iowa has to offer. Oh, and hit the Facebook share link when you’re in there looking around. More people should know about this.




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In the spirit of Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series game winning homer in the bottom of the 9th,comes Opt Rhyme’s new effort, the Joe Carter LP. Opt’s newest effort relentlessly projects that mid-90′s hip hop feel with an impeccable guest appearance list that will leave you begging for more. From its inception on track one, Break it, listeners get a reminiscent vibe of A tribe called Qwest meets Brother Ali. Increasingly aggressive, Opt Rhyme’s delivery comes straight at you, yet remains smooth throughout the album.-”Cracking the bone in two and drinking all the marrow/Birds of prey, you know we’re always feasting on the sparrow.” Emotions get tested on tracks like Jump and Ancient History,(featuring Chicago’s Matlock) where you can feel the pain pouring from Mr. Brennan’s pen. If you’re looking for energetic gimmicks, you’ll be at a loss with the Joe Carter LP. Straight up hip hop beats and rhymes are in abundance from the Mic Hand veteran emcee, Rockford Illinois own Opt Rhyme….it might be, it could be, it IS…a home run!



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Sorry for the delay folks!  We’ve been very busy creating and booking events for the summer touring months and haven’t been able to update the website.  We’ve got a lot to tell you, so here we go!

THE BEFORE SWAG TOUR w/ RAS KASS & THE OTHER ELEMENTS:  First and foremost we need to fill you in on this tour we’ve lined up!  Starting in Iowa and progressing around the Midwest and beyond, imperfekt & Colorless aka The Other Elements will be joined by the legendary Ras Kass.  Peep the official tour poster below to see where they will be!
And stay tuned to our EVENT PAGE for tour updates and specific info for each show.


NEW TRACKS BY iMPERFEKT & COLORLESS:  iMP & Colorless have both released new tracks on their respective SoundCloud pages.  Click on the links below to listen, follow and connect with them on SoundCloud.

NEW MUSIC AND NAME TO GET TO KNOW:  Fooch the MC has teamed up with an incredible producer by the name of Coryayo to form a very organic sound as well as a group called S.O.N. or Strangers of Necessity.  Peep the vid featuring Cosmic Lloyd, and watch for the debut S.O.N. release on Mic Hand Recordings coming this fall.

SUPER FRESH CULTURE FEST 3:  If you attended or were a part of it in any way, we really can’t thank you enough.  We were very pleased with the event and very well accepted by the venue which means we will most likely be doing there again next year; bigger and better.  If you missed it for whatever reason, we can only hope you attend next year to share the good vibes with us.  Below is a recap video by Finger&Thumb Films as well as a link to a recently created YouTube playlist featuring every video of SFCF we could find.  Check it out to see what you’ve been missing, or to reminisce on 3 great years:
>> Super Fresh Culture Fest Playlist <<

As always, thanks for supporting your local Hip Hop.  There is no Hip Hop scene without you. #RESPECT


Opt RhymeOpt Rhyme is still plugging away on “The Joe Carter LP” and it will definitely be worth the wait.  In the meantime he has been posting some of the finished tracks on his Soundcloud page.  Peep the newest upload “Prohibition – ft. imperfekt”  produced by GoodWill.  And make sure to sift through the rest of his musical goodies.  He is a great Emcee and we are very proud to have him on the roster at Mic Hand Recordings.  Stay tuned for more new music and links for the full album coming this spring.  Listen below!


Grow Your Flow is an Entertainment Website that “Provides an outlet for the independent music community, focusing on Rap/Hip Hop. Providing exclusive interviews, music video releases, & mixtapes/albums.”
Here’s a quote and the link to the full interview:

“Something that I find really cool on “Beats & Raps” is that you decided to add a little background information for each track. I feel with so much music being released digitally these days, it’s sort of a rarity. What made you decide to do that?

That kind of spawned from being an overly honest person, some people cringe at my honesty (ha), but I put out this album and I’m promoting it and I want people to get it and I don’t want them to assume its brand new and since some of the songs are so old I just want to put the background story on them. I like the thought of paying homage or giving the credits to the albums when I can remember and I’m not in that mad scientist mode. I like giving credits to the records I might have sampled drums from or whatever. I include the different types of equipment that I use, I always think that’s cool. I’m kind of a music nerd, and I enjoy reading, and the people I’m a fan of, I like to know their equipment that they use and their process in the studio. It’s just something that doesn’t come with music anymore. You used to be able to open a CD and have the whole experience; you know the new CD smell, looking at the book, the cover art, all that stuff. It’s something I’ve gotten some personal messages about thanking me for doing this. I’ve printed it out and put it on my website, giving a little more detail about each individual track.”

Head over to for the Full Interview and more!