In the aftermath of an emergency spine surgery that radically altered his perspective and body, the underground emcee and poet known as B. Dolan emerges after a four year hiatus from touring and releasing LPs with a new collection of songs, a new stage show, and a harrowing new stories to tell.
Written during COVID lockdown and his quarantined procedure and recovery, "The Wound is Not The Body" finds Dolan's bold and confessional lyrics winding through 9 new rap songs littered with strange characters, autobiographical thoughts on hip hop, living and aging, and a newly sharpened resolve.
Production from Ant, HEBL, Small Professor, Widowmaker and Dolan himself provide soulful and mostly minimal sample-based beats, while B. Dolan gets some of the most carefully crafted bars of his life across in an unhurried, confident fashion.
Aside from impeccable guest vocalist Nya Trysha who adds sung vocals to two songs, and Yah-Ra of Planet Asia who lends some spoken bars, the album is notably devoid of features. The emcee vocalist is front and center for this one, and the songs feel like self-contained films about moments, impressions and memories.
"The Wound is Not The Body" features a narrator writing alone in recovery, sounding like he and his work have been torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.
The album is mixed by DS3K and mastered by Daddy Kev. Available direct from B. Dolan or via Symphonic Distro (US) and Speech Development Records and The Orchard (EU)