MC-producer duo — Megz Kelli and Dougie Do aka Magna Carda deliver their new single “Ghetto Gospel” and it’s nothing but freshness. They flip a classic sample into some mellow, vintage soundscape and layer it with nothing but vivid bars sans gimmicky hooks.
Read Magna Carda’s mission statement below
“We wanted to go back to where we started – for us that meant getting in the studio with samples, putting our twist on old school sounds – letting the soul in the music lead us. That’s where Magna started and it’s just good to take it back to the roots, back to the dorm room days crate digging for random samples. Then, aside from all that, we wanted to just create a chill vibe and spit some real.”
“Ghetto Gospel” is off their EP. Check out the tracklisting below.
1. Ghetto Gospel
3. Brand New
4. ‘Bout It
From their humble beginnings on a college campus four years ago, Magna Carda has steadily risen to the top of the Austin music scene as the premiere hip hop act. Described by Mashable as “Austin’s answer to The Roots,” Magna Carda is led by the city’s most dynamic MC-producer duo — Megz Kelli and Dougie Do — whose work pairs like a fine wine with the meat-and-potatoes backbone of the group’s signature live instrumentation. With their genre-defying blend of rap-meets-jazz-meets-R&B-meets-electronic, the band has quickly captured the imagination of listeners and the attention of critics alike in Texas and beyond.
After forming as a rapper/producer duo on the campus of St. Edward’s University in 2012, Megz Kelli and Dougie Do set their sights on developing a new sound that would make use of both live musicianship and studio production. Since then, the band has been at the forefront of Austin’s burgeoning hip hop scene, and has shared the stage with hip hop’s biggest names from The Pharcyde to Joey Bada$$ and from Chali 2na to Oddisee. Magna Carda’s unique sound has attracted the attention of NPR among other regional and national press.
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