In 2002, hip-hop artist Imperfekt founded his own label, Mic Hand Recordings, based out of Cedar Rapids. Mic Hand Recordings currently boasts nine artists collectively termed the Mic Hand Crew. Examining Imperfekt’s “Streetwalk-Somethin Outa Nothin” from the Imperfekt EP goes a long way in explaining the Mic Hand Crew’s sound and goals.
Imperfekt and company separate themselves from the current rap stars by sticking to the basics. They don’t have the arrogance of the Yeezys and Weezys out there claiming rap supremacy, nor do they attempt to prove their worth by filling 16 bars with rhymes about their money, possessions and female conquests.
Instead “Streetwalk-Somethin Outa Nothin” begins with Imperfekt and fellow MHC member Colorless trading off verses describing how Imperfekt took Colorless into his home when he was broke. Such relatable real-world issues predominate the content of these rappers’ lyrics. Their seamless transitions are reminiscent of old-school songs like “Check the Rhime” by A Tribe Called Quest.
In addition to bringing back the raw hip-hop sounds of yesteryear, the Mic Hand Crew is concerned with how they can help Cedar Rapids. The Mic Hand Crew often performs locally, including a monthly show at Pub Mitchell in Cedar Rapids.
Information on the Crew’s upcoming shows can be found at http://michandrecordings.com