Today's kids don't grow up playing the trumpet or the xylophone (like yours truly). Thanks to a country-wide divestment in the arts in public schools, Fruity Loops or Garage Band are more likely to be a twenty-something's first forays into making music.
That's a terrible move overall, but it's forced a generation to be innovative. This is part of the reason you have a jillion beatmakers today. Many get lost in the sauce but out of every jillion, you get a few like Doc Illingsworth.
The Michigan champ has been cranking out feel-good heaters for a few years now. I first became aware of him through his work with fellow mitten resident and rapper extraordinaire SelfSays. Doc is branching out, though.
Teaming up with House Shoes, Doc is dropping his Worth The Wait debut LP through Street Corner Music. The first taste is "Ever Hard," a beautifully effervescent instrumental that will have you nodding long after you've finished snickering at the title because your humor is juvenile and crass.