MC Imprint has kept grinding since the day he won the first POWER 106 "Who's Next" contest! He came by POWER 106 to show love to J. Cruz and the crew and let them know when his LP "Sobriety Date" is dropping. #SobrietyDateLP
Praise God! PRAISE GOD!!! I never thought I'd see it to this day... Today I celebrate 5 years of sobriety. That's 5 years clean and sober from all drugs and alcohol, and I give all the glory to God. I wouldn't have been able to have done it without him. On this special day, I would like to announce the name of my next project. This summer I will be releasing my 2nd LP titled "SOBRIETY DATE". I want to say thank you to all my friends and fans who have supported me along the way of this journey. You all are truly amazing people. Please spread the word about the project, and stay tuned! Love ya'll! Yeeeeee!
Please download all these tracks for FREE, and please share them with all your friends. Would appreciate it if you asked them to do the same. Thank you! MC IMPRINT - "Bring It Back" Prod by: The Optimist
MC IMPRINT- "Good Look" Prod by: The Optimist
"MC Imprint performed a new song, and current radio single "Hopscotch" to an amp'd crowd in the Honda Center parking lot for the Powerhouse Pre Party. Power 106 DJ - Yesi Ortiz, hosted the party, and introduced the "Who's Next?" winner/upcoming hip hop artist. Upon stepping on stage, Imprint immediately tossed cd's and shirts out to the kids. Check the coverage below."
"I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the very talented MC Imprint this week. The up and coming rapper visited us in the studio to talk about his debut album “The First Impression,” how he got started in the music business, and what it’s like to be living his dream after a long history of dark times during his adolescent years. MC Imprint won Power 106′s “Who’s Next” contest a few months ago and was awarded by opening for J. Cole at the SXSW show in Austin, Texas. Imprint’s next appearance will be this Saturday, June 23 on the New at 2 stage at the sold out Power House show at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Best of luck to Mr. Imprint!"
"My first impression of this track is what led me to write this review…what do you guys think of it? <3 AK"
"My First Impression of The First Impression
Having introduced his album almost 1 year ago MC Imprint has been on his grind to formally inject himself into the veins of the rap game with his Freshman LP The First Impression.This project provides a narration of his experiences through the depths of depression and is most visibly exposed on the tracks “Dancing in the Shadows” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” He is able to balance braggadocio and girl problems while shining a discerning light on the seriousness of substance abuse. Rather than relapsing, Imprint has conjured up a cocktail of self reflection and positive progression. His internal battles are externalized through lyrical confessions.
“I know pain and I know sufferin’// I know feinding for a fix// and having to steal somethin’…sky’s get grey and times get bad// I remember at nights I cried// wishin’ I had a dad…”
The vulnerability with which his verses magnify his past mistakes reveals an optimism for the future. The listener witnesses a gradual transformation from the rapper who embodies hope and determination.
“There’s a fine line// between waitin’ for what’s right// and procrastinating// till your dream passes you by// so I gotta keep movin’ with my eyes on the prize// and hustle hard every day// and constantly edify.”
It’s no coincidence that most of the beats sound eerily optimistic in comparison to their content. The refreshing optimism that stabilizes Imprint’s cool confidence can be credited to long time homie and producer The Optimist. Having produced, mixed and mastered the entire project, The Optimist and MC Imprint’s chemistry acts as an amphetamine through all 12 tracks.
Grading The First Impression off my initial reaction to the album quality I give it a C+. The commentary during some of the songs gets a bit annoying and I’m not thrilled with all the song choices but overall his storytelling capabilities, lyrical creativity and relevance prove him a worthy competitor.
His perseverance to get where he is today by replacing addiction with dedication is a commendable trait and is given an A+++. While some things can be practiced and perfected over time (like flow and delivery) the will to recover after hitting rock bottom takes more than repetition. Overall: GPA “Game Placement Average” I give it a B-.
To quote another West Coast rapper “You ain’t gotta get drunk to have fun…you ain’t gotta get drunk to have fun….” (Kendrick Lamar)
MC Imprint is sure to leave an Optimistic first impression but will it be a lasting impression? To see for yourself check out his live performance December 23rd in Seal Beach at O’ Malley’s on Main St. and/or peep the music video for his debut single “Sidelines” on YouTube. <3 AK"