In 2013, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent linked up with Detroit's Apollo Brown and Red Pill to form the blue collar group Ugly Heroes.
Something about the album ushered in a new era for Kent who turned a page in his career.
That fall the trio toured Europe and polished their sound.
In the spring of 2014, Verbal linked up with Soul Council producer Khrysis for a full length solo album Sound Of The Weapon. The project continued the march of Verbal Kent's lyricism towards a more refelctive (without losing the tongue twisting wordplay) and personal chamber of thought.
By the fall of 2014, Ugly Heroes had put together a new EP and was on the way to even more notoriety.
2015 sees the return of Verbal Kent as a solo artist with his most personal album to date. The new record Anesthesia grapples with the ways in which we self-medicate in order to deal with the daily lives put before us.
Verbal still has the agressive wordplay, still has the over the top braggadocio, but he's added heavier thoughts to the overall canvas - the grain of his real life shining through.
The new album features Freddie Gibbs, Skyzoo, Torae, and Red Pill, along with production from Apollo Brown, Varan, Kaz-1, J.O.D., Marco Polo, and Oh No.
The new album "Anesthesia" will be available September 11th digitally, on CD digipak, and on limited black and white splatter edition Vinyl.