From their youthful mixtapes ‘Sealed For Freshness‘ & ‘Church League Champions‘ to their breakout mixtape ‘Mania!‘ and two studio albums ‘The DiV‘ & ‘G.M.B.‘, the trend-setting California trio Pac Div (brothers LIKE & Mibbs and friend 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 & 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, & 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, I’m 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” featuring Phonte (with LIKE dropping a verse as well) to Anderson. Paak’s “Room In Here” featuring The Game & Sonya Elise from Paak’s runaway smash album ‘Malibu‘ have catapulted LIKE & his eclectic sound to new heights.
Never one to be relegated to just one creative medium, LIKE’s new instrumental album,’Emeralds‘, is inspired by his travels abroad to Africa & Brazil and artists such as J Dilla, DJ Premier, Madlib, Blu, & Radiohead.