Columbus, Ohio’s MHz (a.k.a. MegaHertz) emerged in the late ’90s during the indie-rap boom with a couple of cherished 12-inch releases on the iconic Fondle ‘Em label but after releasing 2001′s Table Scraps, the group splintered. Camu Tao passed away in 2008 while RJD2 went on to court acclaim as a producer (and cooked up the theme song to Mad Men along the way). Now MCs Copywrite, Tage, Jakki Da Motamouth and beatsmith RJ have reconvened for a follow-up called MHZ Legacy, but their allegiance to the ’90s world hasn’t waned. “I chose to pay homage to De La Soul because they’re my favorite rap group of all time,” says Copywrite of his verse on the new MHz song “Satisfied.” The De La tribute comes towards the end of Copywrite’s verse as he interpolates part of the group’s “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey).” Before that, guest rapper Slug of Atmosphere sparks the song into life with a rhyme that RJD2 says taps into the track’s “late night driving motif.” Combining a low-slung funky beat and rugged raps, “Satisfied” successfully ushers in a fresh new chapter of the MHz story while still paying due deference to the group’s roots.
MHz Legacy is out October 30. Stream “Satisfied” below: