Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band return to Blue Note Records for the release of their album Landmarks on April 29th. The group was recently in France for the St. Emilion Jazz Festival and luckily for us, so were cameras. I can’t say anything other than just watch and enjoy this one. You’ll be glad you did, and then on April 29th, purchase the album. You can pre-order it at the links below.
PRE-ORDER: BRAIN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND – LANDMARKS (iTunes)
PRE-ORDER: BRAIN BLADE & THE FELLOWSHIP BAND – LANDMARKS (Amazon)
On May 19th, The Legendary Roots Crew will drop their 13th album & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. A satirical concept album, &TYSYC, is rumored to be a bit shorter and “more dense” than their last conceptual album Undun. If “When The People Cheer” is a fair representation, then that statement is very true. The bass line, the keys, the drums, the vocals, and everything else on the track seems to exist in their own space devoid of the rest, then come together to create the heavy end product. Sonically, this track is very much in the same vein as How I Got Over, if you ask me, and that’s a good thing. Lyrically, the Anti-Rap opera as the group is calling the album, is a pretty dope concept. Greg Porn and Black Thought each take on characters that shadow the general rap formulas used to sell records. The cliches lose their appeal though, something about the way these stereotypical verses are spit that expose the falsehoods of the rap game as opposed to glorifying them.
Low Leaf brings us “Rise Up” from the Fresh Selects offering AKASHAALAY which drops on April 29th. See what she has to say about the song she wrote, produced, and plays all the instruments on.
“‘Rise Up’ is a vibratory message of restoration and empowerment to the collective Filipino psyche. In an effort to de-colonize, cleanse, and heal the wounds of history & recent natural disasters – the time is ripe now, more than ever, for the Filipino spirit to be reborn in full form. As the divine generation, our ancestors that have lived and died for us to co-create our culture through music & art are speaking through us, and guiding our hearts to a new awakening. So, people of the world – how we gonna rise up?” – Low Leaf.
What happens when you turn 4 excellent lyricists loose on a bass heavy track? You get songs like “Turn Em On”. New York emcee Passport Gift brings together Skyzoo, Tito Lopez and Crooked I on a beat produced by Parks. Everyone goes bar for bar on it too. Saying “Hip-Hop is dead” is an insult to real rappers.
1-O.A.K. finally blesses us with some new material, enlisting the help of Richmond, CA’s P-Lo (The Heartbreak Gang) on the rappity raps and Hyperspace Music boom baps. 1-O.A.K. delivers on “Slide Thru”, touching on that time in every man’s life when he has to make the choice to get over their ex and get on with things. That’s the PC version, of course. That bass line is hella dope!
Mr Lawnge (Black Sheep) & Ras Kass (Golden State Warriors/4Horsemen) are kicking their group the White Crows into full gear. “Something Real” & “Far From Good” are the second and third tracks we’ve got from the duo. No word on when or if an actual album will drop. “Something Real” features a certain sample from a certain 80s group fronted by a certain boy named George. While this pairing seems odd to most of us, it definitely works. The sample on “Far From Good” is yours to discover and shouldn’t be difficult.
Top Dag Entertainment’s SZA will be dropping her album Z, tomorrow and the DJ Dahi produced “Babylon” is but one song on the stand out album. The song is a great representation of SZA’s potential, of course, a cameo from Kendrick Lamar never hurts anyone. SZA can certainly stand on her own two feet. She has the voice of a siren infused with this bass heavy beat which makes this an instant repeat track.
The Blast Master KRS-One spits over a track from DJ Jean Maron featuring a nicely worked Jimi sample. “True School” is from the same titled album dropping on April 29th, 2014. One thing is for sure, KRS is and will always be an emcee’s emcee.
On their Jamla release Between Heaven & Hell, Khrysis and Add-2 took to speaking on Add’s city of birth. Chicago has seen another duo/producer pair, Common and No I.D., speak up on the state of affairs in the city. Violence has erupted in the Windy City over the last several years. It’s good to see people start to address it, instead of celebrate it like some artists have been doing.
COP: ADD-2 & KHRYSIS – BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL (DELUXE EDITION)
Pharrell’s influence at Adidas is in high gear, from his bedazzled (Thanks Dart Adams) Stan Smiths worn on SNL this past weekend to this…….another Stan Smith being made available via Adidas…..and if anyone wants to argue that these are not influenced by the BBC/Ice Cream kicks, then well, whatever. Truth of the matter, they are very much in the vain of the original Ice Creams. I am not mad, I never got in to the Ice Cream kicks, but plenty of people did, although I liked the pager joints. From the 15 gallon hat (Also, thanks Dart Adams), to Happy being the song of the past year, things just keep looking up for
Skateboard P. Can we get a new N.E.R.D. album?