(Photos By Qewl Miles)
Qewl Miles has been mentioned a few times on the site but readers haven’t gotten the chance to learn much about him. He was born and raised here in Milwaukee. His journey into Hip-Hop began with break dancing. From there he moved on to writing rhymes and taking part in battles. By 2002, he had gained a bit of a name for himself and created the stage moniker Yung Wize. Under the moniker he helped form the Fly Boy Music Group brand. The brand consists of a label and group and is currently known as Top Floor Music / Aura Squad. In 2007, he dropped his debut album Da Odyssey which moved some pretty healthy units. Additionally, he and his group got to share the stage with a few well known acts like Pretty Ricky and Rico Love. Following his initial success, the Milwaukee native put his solo career on hold and spent his time writing and working with other artists. In 2010, he returned to the game and renamed himself Qewl Miles. To date he has continued building his fan base and has a positive standing amongst his fellow artists. His style has been described as having an old school flavor with a modern twist. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, Qewl receives praise for his ability to take his deep intellectual thoughts and turn them into striking pictures/stories for his listeners. Qewl’s ultimate goal is to make timeless music that Hip-Hop fans from all walks of life can enjoy. His latest offering comes via his recently released mixtape, The Epitome. The tape consists of mostly original content and production from the likes of Johnny Juliano, Team Green, and more. There are also a few guest appearances from artists such as K-Major, D. Rose, etc. A look into a few tracks can be found after the jump.
The production here is on point. Sonically the track has a light jazzy feel to it. It contains a subtle bass line, a heavy instrumentation, and a chill vibe. There is no hook used. The lone verse is good. Qewl comes with a mid-tempo lively flow, crafty wordplay, and dope rhymes. He provides a shining example of his abilities while laying the foundation for the remainder of the mixtape. Check it as he spits: “About my paper and my patience is paper thin. Labels ain’t raping him. Yo I’m bout to rake it in. You, you seeing urinal cake. Me I piss on that money then I throw it away. Came back for the bread then I blazed it. Fragrant, smell him everywhere you go. The boy so amazing.” That was some slick lyrical work right there. Overall, this track is fresh and an easy going way to kick off the project.
“That’ll Get It”
The production here is hot. It features hard hitting elements and an intense street vibe. The hook is proper too. The delivery is aggressive. The lyrics are well structured and memorable. The verses are of high quality. Qewl continues his aggressive nature but laces his flow with just a hint of arrogance. His rhymes are premium. He paints a portrait of himself that is witty, stylish, and super confident. Noteworthy lines include: “Let them n—as hate. They just know they ain’t above you. So every time they see you all they wanna say is, f–k you! Clean as I wanna be. Followers and wanna-bes need not apply. From me, great is all you gonna see. Foundation in the building. Eye candy right in front of me. It would be a better sight, if she was right up under me.” Qewl went in on those lines. Actually, the word play for the entire second verse is pretty ill. In the end, this cut is a winner and belongs in heavy rotation.
The production here is solid. It consists of light musical elements and a free spirited vibe. The hook is first-rate. The delivery is full of personality and the lyrics are catchy. The verses are top notch. Qewl Miles brings a captivating flow, fine wordplay, and skillful rhymes. He expertly utilizes this track as another opportunity to exhibit his talents. The use of metaphors and references are brilliantly done. Which results in the verses leaving quite the impression on the listener. All in all, this is a decent cut worth giving a few spins.
“Beat Goes On”
The production here is tight. It takes on a slower pace and more mellow vibe than the previous tracks. The hook is up to par and different as well. The delivery contains a melodic style and the lyrics are deep. It provides a glimpse of the emotional side to Qewl Miles. The verses are satisfactory. Qewl has a calm clean flow and rich personal rhymes. He reflects on things like his hiatus, what inspires him, and more. It was nice to hear a more subdued Qewl Miles speaking from the heart. Also, Qewl opening up a bit makes it easier for the listener to connect or relate to the song. This was an intriguing number and a smart way to start winding down the tape.
**My Two Cents: This was my first time hearing a complete Qewl Miles project. I have to say I was impressed. I dig his style. He’s great with creating metaphors and unique references. The Epitome is a strong project. The production is proficient and the content ranks on a pretty high level too. As a whole, I feel like the tape is the blend of an East Coast style with Qewl’s own unique spin on it. I think that listeners of all tastes can find something to enjoy and take away from The Epitome. But the best way to find out for sure is to click that link and listen for yourselves. To get more from the mixtape, check out the visuals to the single “Don’t Call It A Comeback.” And check Qewl out on Twitter as well. -MinM