Intelligenz adds another booming-system classic to her growing musical catalog May 1, joining sharp-minded emcee Pharoahe Monch and new-era soul star Daniel “SkyHigh” McClain as guests on “Lessons,” which previews Justin Tyme’s album Tymeless, due this summer. “The song is both emotionally and lyrical inspirational, and needed at this one in Hip-Hop. It’s destined to become one of the most relevant collaborations of conscious minds seen in Hip-Hop recently.”
“Lessons” arrives one decade after Tyme helped define underground hip-hop with “Get Off The Ground.” That boom-bap track delivered vicious verses from lyrical legends Sean Price, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Snowgoons and Termanology. Its gritty clip racked up more than three million views on YouTube. “Lessons,” produced by Nottz, is a fitting hardcore follow-up, unleashing unbridled, unruly energy.
Intelligenz is a South Side Chicago born and raised emcee now living in Maryland by way of Las Vegas, NV. A survivor of the foster care system, a military veteran and an infatuation with protecting the authenticity of the genre as a writer, it seems only right to find her discussing the current state and culture of women in Hip-Hop, while dropping a few bars with “Sway in the Morning”.
Her name makes her accountable for her lyrics, flushed with dexterous flows and clever references. In 2012, after performing festivals and open-mic contests along the Vegas strip, Intelligenz entered MC Lyte’s, cypher-style, Next Top Female MC contest. Her convincing win led to an enviable mentorship with, arguably, the greatest female rapper of all time. She also tours (with the likes of Slick Rick), mix tapes (including Coast To Coast 226, hosted by Chrisette Michele) and hot singles (“I’m a Movement,” “Welcome To The Grind” & of course Round of Applause) followed. Today Intelligenz is well on her way to joining Lyte, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Lil Kim and Remy Ma in the pantheon of legendary “femcees” as she emerges in the new collabo.