After working behind the scenes, more or less, as a straight-up producer for the likes of Kanye West and Notorious B.I.G., Nottz is looking to get some much deserved shine later this month. In less than two weeks, his solo debut, You Need This Music, will be released. And while it boasts a number of features, as you can hear on "The Cycle" with Joell Ortiz, this album is about displaying Nottz's abilities as both a producer and an MC. While Ortiz might be the more charismatic of the two on here, Nottz holds his own with a tight, in-the-pocket flow akin to many of the better producer-rappers of our time.
You can stream the soulful piano-laced "The Cycle" here. You Need This Music drops Oct. 26.