I cannot bring myself to post the D’Angelo “Sometimes it Snows in April” cover. Since that’s one of my favorite songs of all time and understanding the impact that Prince had on D, it hits me right in the feelings a little too hard. It is similar to when Stevie honored MJ with “It Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer”, I just cannot watch it again. Today I did feel like posting something Prince related and thought that Gregory Porter did an absolutely amazing job with his cover of “Purple Rain”. Porter has a new album coming on May 6th titled Take Me To The Alley. If the first two tracks from it are any indication, this will be yet another brilliant album.
Marcel P Black links up with St. Louis emcee Tef Poe for the latest release from Marcel’s forthcoming Cry Freedom album. Joe On The Track, who produced the entire project, samples the unforgettable Terrible Tom theme song from the 1975 film “Boss N*****” which starred Fred Williamson and D’Urville Martin.
For those familiar with the movie, they would know that the pairing of Marcel and Tef Poe works perfectly. If the first single from the album, “Where I Stay”, is Marcel’s declaration of where he comes from, “Boss” is the complementary track for where he’s headed and who he’s bringing with him. This track definitely has that throw back Dead Prez feel to it, so you know the nod and repeat factors here are on 10. Both emcees come from the front lines when it comes to fighting police brutality against black men and women and as Marcel points out they are willing to take the fight all the way to the white house. If you are like me and grew up a fan of Public Enemy, PRT, Paris, The Coup, etc then “Boss” is not up your alley, it is your alley. I am definitely looking forward to what else is in store when Cry Freedom drops this summer.
DJ Shadow has a new project coming out on Mass Appeal records in June. “The Mountain Will Fall” is the title track from the album which features instrumentals as well as guest spots from Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm (German producer), Matthew Halsall, and others. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t push the boundaries of experimental to the extreme levels that he has been in recent years.
Dee-1 calls upon the lyrical talents of Big K.R.I.T. and Lupe Fiasco for the remix to “Against Us” from 3’s Up. I wish all the good things to happen for Dee-1. He is equal parts talented and good human being. DJ Young Venom played me a mixtape of his several years back and I was a fan immediately. Here he finds himself not only holding his own against a pair of Hip-Hop vets, but shining next to them.
DOWNLOAD: DEE-1 – 3’S UP (iTunes)
Ibeyi’s self-titled debut album dropped to critical acclaim last year. Equipped with equally impressive videos the sister duo took the world by storm. “Stranger/Lover” was the fourth video they released from the album.
With the release of Book of Savvy 2 slated to drop later this month and rumors of The Bottom Line being completed, Savvy (Crown Me Entertainment) drops a loosie that he recorded for the Nat Turner Soundtrack. “Revolt” features a fiery call to arms from the Jacktown emcee in the form of a singular verse bookended by an iconic Malcolm X speech over bass heavy production by Mack XI. Get familiar with the name Savvy, if you aren’t already, this is gearing up to be his summer.