Versis is Back and Boxless, Grooving in His Element

One for the heads and a banger to boot
By    March 5, 2015


at least Torii MacAdams name isn’t Michael Bolton

Versis jokingly refers to himself as “Black Dilbert.” There’s plenty of daydreamers in cubicles who harbor (or harbored) dreams of a rap career, but few worked with high-caliber producers like Exile and Dibiase before they turned 20. Versis’ only full length, 2010’s iLLCANDESCENT, never received the critical attention it deserved, the type of small margins slight that leads a young musician to buy Dockers and a red Swingline stapler.

The intervening four-plus years have yielded little work, but, in the past three weeks, Versis has emerged from behind the Xerox machine and uploaded two free downloads to his SoundCloud account. “Sage Smoke’s” maladroit synths fit surprisingly well with a slowed down a cappella from JT Money’s “Who Dat.” “???????,” produced by BMB, has Versis rapping over a sample of Franco Micalizzi’s “Robert’s Theme” and nostalgic/nonsensical DJ Clue drops. As Versis says on “???????.” he’s back in his element—rap music, not the day job.

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