So would some like to let me know what it is that they are putting in the water in the United Kingdom? All these soulful female singers are getting a little out of control. I’ll trade you 6 Lady Gagas and 48 Miley Cyruses for just one Alice Amelia, Emeli Sande, or Juliette Ashby. “11:11″ hosts a feature from Mr J. Medeiros of The Procussions, who’s self-titled album Alice appeared on in 2013. Click on the soundcloud link below and check out some more of her music. A special shout-out for the Great Dictator speech. Definitely anticipating her EP titled 11.
L’Orange’s album Orchid Days is infused with prohibition era samples and colorful melodies. The album is mostly instrumental with a couple well thought out vocal appearances. Homeboy Sandman drops vocals which enhance the scene. With a fresh fedora, low lights, thick cigarette smoke, and Homeboy on the mic at your local speakeasy.
Jose James has been making a name for himself for the past few years. From last years No Beginning No End to his stirring rendition of “Everybody (Loves Sunshine)” on Takuya Kuroda’s Rising Son album, which James also produced. The man just does not stop either, this summer he will release his second Blue Note offering, While You Were Sleeping. With the previous release being more soulful and jazz inspired, he promises this one will be more reflective of some of his other musical influences such as Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. Those two influences couldn’t be any more apparent than on the first single from the project, “EveryLittleThing”. Keep June 10th marked on your calendar, you’ll want to pick this album up and check it out.
Common + Preemo + Bilal? Lost my mind when the beat dropped on this the first time I heard it.
“If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. That don’t mean that I’m hatin’” & “I’m Morpheus in this hip-hop matrix exposing fake sh**” – words I live by
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs have easily dropped the hip-hop album of the year so far. Cocaine Pinata is stuffed with Gangsta Gibbs’ signature real life lyrics and Madlib’s classic production. The merger might not have seemed as harmonious at first to most people but like they say, the proof is in the pudding. “Thuggin’” is the perfect example of the chemistry these two have with their music. Never forced, it’s organic and meshes together in a way that classic Hip-Hop duos like Eric B and Rakim and Gang Starr have.
A 17 year old rapper who names Kool G Rap and Big L as two of his musical influences? Seems unfathomable right? Well meet Willam Rose, a 17 year old rapper from Baltimore, Maryland. “Keep it Real” is not what you would expect from a teenager in the rap game. This is the problem that Rose approaches on the song, calling for more honesty and building in music. More artists should take some detailed notes. If you desire to be more than a flash in the pan, develop yourself as an artist and state truthful with yourself. As for us? We’ll be anxiously awaiting some more music from William Rose and the likes.
The Liberation EP is the second in a three part installment from Oakland hip-hop duo Zion I. Following the boom bap of Masters Of Ceremony, with more of the same. Futuristic production from Amp Live which fits Zumbi’s lyrical styling like an Isotoner glove. The project was inspired by the sudden passing of one of Zumbi’s close friends. He pays his respects on “Lateef’s Song” which features 1-O.A.K. on the hook. Other outside contributions come from the likes of Mr Lif, Sadat X, Deuce Eclipse, and Opio to name a few. 6 songs seems like it is too short and the perfect length all at once. Zumbi said this about the project “To me, libation is when you honor someone by pouring out your brew before you sip, its a sort of prayer. On this EP, I poured out some liquor for my homie, as well as my family, and myself”