"Basically, since Uncle Crimson and I hang out often, one day he walked in the door and I was chopping up a sample; he literally just started rapping a verse he had just started writing and it sounded so perfect, we decided to just put together a short project. Then, I put one of my simple drum breaks on that sample, which became "Book of David." The rest of the project fell together very naturally and we recorded all the verses in one Saturday afternoon. Looking forward, since our chemistry is so great, our future work will hopefully come together just as naturally, but with live instrumentation replacing the samples," Harry Metz, otherwise known as Philly-based producer Rolled Gold, wrote within a recent emailed statement. Metz was of course, talking about his recently released The Great Fallback EP recorded with fellow Philadelphian Dante D. Hill aka sharp-tongued emcee Uncle Crimson. Rolled Gold further describes The Great Fallback as "a 5-song EP that tells colorful short-stories over a soulful, Jazzy backdrop. With a balance between reality, spirituality, and comedy, [Uncle] Crimson’s lyricism works perfectly with Rolled [Gold]’s obscure selection of samples. For fans of DOOM, Ghostface [Killah], Roc Marciano & Earl Sweatshirt."
I have to say, while I do for sure catch notes of the aforementioned emcees, I would almost compare The Great Fallback EP to something slightly more along the lines of Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman's Lice EP or its recent follow-up, Lice 2: Still Buggin' EP. Rolled Gold tells me he's currently working on a wide array of projects including, but not limited to: cleverly-titled Extra Salty & Extremely Salty follow-ups to his SALTY EP, an upcoming Soul, Jazz & Gospel-influenced project to be recorded with live instrumentation, singers, and rappers, his Vol. 2-3 of his proposed Triple Truth Ruth instrumental series, and as Harry Metz himself puts it, "there's no telling what could happen... hopefully, orchestral movie soundtracks, Barbershop Quartet experimentation, and [Duke] Ellington & [Charles] Mingus-influenced Jazz compositions are a few things that I plan on doing at some point!" Rolled Gold & Uncle Crimson's The Great Fallback EP, as well as Metz's SALTY EP, are currently available for download and streaming from either Rolled Gold Beats or Uncle Crimson's Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages.