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Spocka Summa Continues ‘Progression’ with New Project, Comic Book

Coupled with the release of a new comic, Spocka Summa gives fans The Progression 001 EP, a succinct project leaving listeners with a desire for more music.

Cover of Spocka Summa's comic book. Click to read
Cover of Spocka Summa’s comic book, “The Live Wire.” Click to read

With this project, Summa took a similar¬†route comparative to that of Lupe Fiasco‘s 2006 and 2007 albums¬†Food & Liquor¬†and¬†The Cool. On those albums, Fiasco used a song, “The Cool” from¬†Food & Liquor¬†and branched it into its own album,¬†The Cool.¬†For Summa, he took a cut, “The Progression” from his 2015 mixtape,¬†3000 Volts,¬†and created¬†a new project utilizing the song as an overarching theme.

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“What is life without progression?”

Benny Peguero‚Äďbetter known by his professional name LastChildMusik‚Äďexecutively produced¬†all of the tracks¬†on the six-song EP. LastChild, who totes¬†production credit for artists such as Sheek Louch, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and more,¬†worked alongside Summa to curate the backbone of the EP.

The Progression begins with “Winter,” a track laced with neatly placed instrumentation under a pitched chorus and lyrics painting a story of maintaining a low profile during the winter months in order to succeed throughout the summer months. The lead single of the project, “Used to Be,” featuring B08 Studio‘s co-owner¬†Enytime, is¬†easily the standout track on the album. The chorus and beat tie in together well while Summa switches delivery to keep the track alive from beginning to end. The¬†EP is¬†short, but it’s what Summa said his intentions were for it. He wanted fans to hope for more, but also be content with what they heard.

Spocka Summa performing at a 2016 concert. | Photo by: Hensley Carrasco
Spocka Summa performing at a 2016 concert. | Photo by: Hensley Carrasco

The artwork on¬†The Progression 001¬†features Summa trapped in a bed of green wires with monitors around him.¬†Summa simultaneously released the comic book with the project in order to supplement the project. Summa wants fans to listen to¬†Progression in its entirety prior to reading the comic as they tie together to supplement one another in the narrative that is “The Progression.” A theme that touches on the¬†use of technology and the way it affects¬†society today.

In addition to¬†pushing the release of his latest EP, Summa is preparing for his first headlining concert at The Met¬†in Pawtucket, R.I. The concert‚Äďbeing held by¬†Summa’s company Summer 88, is on April 6 and will feature¬†LastChildMusik, Scribe, Bloomingfield, Sooper Vega,¬†Big Frank,¬†PBD, D. Valor and Summa. Regular and VIP tickets will be available for purchase from Summa directly or through E Tix.

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Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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