In Your Presence
Songwriter/Producer/singer Mychal Simonz a.k.a. "88" was half of the record production duo "The 88/X Unit". Together they helped pioneer gangsta rap as they wrote and produced for major rap recording artists' such as Ice Cube, Mack 10, Da Lench Mob and many other R&B artists' including working with the legendary "Prince" on his Emancipation triple CD. "The 88/X Unit" continued to produce gold and platinum records through most of the 90's, and after being hailed "The Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of Hip-Hop" in "Rap Pages" publication, Mychal gave his life back to Christ and gave up gangster rap to record gospel music and pursue opportunities to score Christian films. His film credits include B.A.P.S., Set if off and The Core to name a few. After regaining a passion for gospel music, he is currently working on his premier solo CD entitled "In Your Presence" where he features a plethora of musical styles through an array of colors that showcase his wide range of influences from old school recording artists i.e. Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway. Quote: "Hey man, I just love doing real music." Mychal says, "I love artist like Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond, They are really tight. I wanted to do songs like this years ago but the gospel community wasn't ready for it then. Now that's all changed! It's a great time to explore gospel music a whole new way."