Making his debut in 2013, Michael “Intellect” Dowd is a talented hip-hop artist, songwriter, actor, and US military soldier from Pensacola, FL. Shortly after his debut, Intellect decided to release music that was only a raw and unapologetic representation of himself.
“Soul Electric” is another hip-hop smash from Intellect, fusing high energy, multi-layered beats, with a heavy bass-line and a quickly confident, easy-going subject matter and performance. It’s is an easy anthem for contemporary hip hop fans. Intellect and E. Smitty drive with a simple lust for life including catchy hooks, laid-back concepts, professionalism, and style.
This release is far from the exception and offers yet another track that further cements Intellect’s sound and approach as an artist. The lyrics are raw and Intellect and E. Smitty truly layout their individual journeys and experiences. “Soul Electric” not only showcases Intellect’s skill as a rapper and lyricist, but he gives us high energy and catchy delivery to each hook that will have any listener shouting along with him. The multi-talented artist shows his versatility through this release. “Soul Electric” is a song that connects a little more strongly with every few moments that pass by, and with each new revisit. That intensity and swagger drive things along in an appealing way, reminding you there’s a musical connection at the heart of Intellect’s work and his reasons for making pure bangers.
Listen to “Soul Electric” here and read more with Intellect below!
Welcome to the BuzzMusic community! Congratulations on the success of your track “Soul Electric”. How did the overall creation process go for this song?
This song was an opportunity presented by Sound Alive Records to expand my overall sound. I write my best music when I travel, there is just something about being on a plane that calms the soul for me to write my best work. Once I received the beat from E. Smitty I was able to immediately speak on my journey of becoming a hip hop innovator, it all starts with the community I come from.
We're so excited to be featuring your track “Soul Electric”. Where do you find your inspiration to curate tracks with such originality?
I have an amazing work family, so I never enter a project all alone,I have an amazing team in front of me and behind me. The songwriting has always been a gift of mine which I honed in on over the past few years but I am proud to say that it takes a village to curate some of the amazing tracks I have written with DJ CFC, Brian Leotaud, Nico Laget, E. Smitty and Kyle "Kay Flow" Watkins. I have studied hip hop and I have an idea of the formula that makes an addictive song.
What would you say is the most impactful takeaway message from your music? Do you feel like you're able to connect with your listeners on that deeper level?
Yes, in fact, my upcoming album called "Depth" is meant to connect at a deeper level with new and existing fans. I feel its time to open up more for people to explore what makes me Intellect. I want fans to understand the message I am voicing to explore the deep connection with my military brethren.
How would you describe the music scene for your particular genre in your hometown? Do you believe that you can fully develop your sound in your current city?
I am from Pensacola, Fl and while there is some great music there I connected more with my second home which is New York. So my connection to the people and the city draws me into a more 3-dimensional state within hip hop. I reside in the Washington DC Metro area and I am looking to connect with various artists as if I were in NYC. DC is filled with a variety of musical talents and my overall sound is jazzy, raw, lo-fi-hip hop.
Thank you so much for talking with us! Is there anything exciting happening for you within the next few months?! Any upcoming shows you can share with the BuzzMusic community?
Thank you for having me as a guest, so I have a pending show in Washington, DC at The Velvet Lounge on October 30th at 9 pm, I hope you can come by and hear my skills. I definitely want to perform at another show in New York so to find out more visit my website at www.therealintellect.com. I just finished filming a movie called CHAAW in Philadelphia with the amazing and talented director Eric Orr, I appreciate him selecting me for the role I played alongside hip hop legends Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie.