To an outsider, Baltimore’s hip-hop reputation has been one clouded by its lack of record deals and mainstream success. And while that perception is just that – clouded – it has nonetheless created a stigma in the scene and with it, I came to quickly realize, misunderstanding.

Gift plans to release three albums under his electronic/hip-hop name, Wendel Patrick. The first entitled “Passage,” is an album built upon the concept of starting a song off a particular note that a previous song ended on. The second album is entitled, “Travel,” consisting of songs that are all named after the cities they were about or created in.