From their youthful mixtapes Sealed For Freshness, Church League Champions to their breakout mixtape Mania! and two studio albums The Div and G.M.B., the trend-setting California trio Pac Div (brothers LIKE & Mibbs and BeYoung) have always been a little ahead of the curve.
Since the group has been on a hiatus, they have released a few loosies here and there, but have been more focused on their respective musical directions as solo artists. Over the past few years, LIKE’s sonic evolution has come full-circle, as he has officially stepped to the forefront and has been quickly establishing himself as a multi-faceted renaissance man; solo-artist, producer and DJ.
Like secretly honed his skills behind the boards for years before making his presence as a producer known to the world; and that presence has definitely been felt. From Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me, Dying Of Thirst” from Kendrick’s breakout Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, album (which earned LIKE a Grammy nomination) to Ab-Soul’s “Just Have Fun” which continued to build on his synergy with the TDE camp, Curren$y’s “Cruizin,” Med Blu/Madlib’s “Finer Things” f/ Phonte (with LIKE dropping a verse as well) to Anderson. Paak’s “Room In Here” f/ The Game & Sonya Elise from Paak’s runaway smash album Malibu have catapulted LIKE and his eclectic sound to new heights.
Never one to be relegated to just one creative medium, in March 2015 LIKE released an instrumental album entitled Emeralds, a 14-track journey filled with musical gems which was inspired by the likes of Dilla, DJ Premier, Madlib, Blu, Radiohead and others and his travels abroad to Africa and Brazil.
Now, LIKE is back with his new debut full-length album, Songs Made While High, and after premiering the first visual, “Vice,” from his debut project with Hotnewhiphop last week, LIKE is back with his Anderson .Paak assisted track “Mission Road,” which was premiered today by Hypetrak. “There is a seriousness to the track, its gritty—the drums, the loop; it feels vintage like industrial downtown LA” LIKE relayed to Hypetrak. “When I played this for Anderson he loved it and hopped on it immediately.”