In Case I Don't Make It
Hailing straight from the city of brotherly love, the Philadelphia emcee/producer started his early journey as a slow burn. The first big break for Has-Lo was entering the 2007 MTVU Best Music on Campus contest. Full of talented artists, Has' was a finalist for the grand prize and finished in the top 5. Riding that momentum, he released his first solo project, "F*ck Has Day". It was here that Has' showcased his rhyming and production skills with classic tracks such as "The Usual Way," "Unsigned Emcees," and the humorous title track. It was truly an early indicator of how his career would go. Has-Lo's dark RZA influenced beats and tales of loss and despair stand in stark contrast to his other side: acute humor and delivery of funny lines over bouncy upbeats tracks. It was this versatility that endears legions of fans.
Has-Lo's hustle continued and soon he dropped another EP titled "Small Metal Objects", which despite being made during a quick trip up north (upstate New York to visit friends, fools) showcased some of his deepest and nastiest production. The deep rumbling bass found on "Ain't Got It In Ya" was enough to be heard miles away. The EP also includes one of the most well received tracks of Has-Lo's career, "The Quiet Things", which was an ode to the broken hearted. It was also this song that produced Has' first video, a "do-it-yourself" production shot with his cell phone camera that soon became a viral hit. From there Has-Lo took a turn flexing his production muscles and dropped "You Can Live Thru Anything if Magic Made It" where he remixed classic tracks. In 2009, Has-Lo had a lot on his plate, working with Kevin Nottingham's HipNOTT label, and making songs with Icon The Mic King and Paten Locke. For Has', it seemed the future was all his for the taking. That's when the influential Bloggerhouse introduced Has-Lo to Mello Music Group.
In the Fall of 2010, Has-Lo signed with up and coming indie label Mello Music Group (Diamond District "In The Ruff", The Left "Gas Mask") for his much talked about concept album "In Case I Don't Make It". The project is Has-Lo's first official commercial release. The new album a dark journey though a mind at the tipping point. Filled with jarring imagery and moody production, the album has a cohesive sound that pulls the listener into a web of psychoanalytical and melancholy musings, lyrical exercises, and storytelling. "In Case I Don't Make It" is introspective without losing that raw edge. When acclaimed producer Oddisee listened to the project he commented that the album was "a beautiful new and dark twist on what we all know and love."
Has-Lo released the critically acclaimed "In Case I Don't Make It" and full length remixes "Conversation B" in 2011.
Written by: T. Glave & Michael Tolle