Before he was the man, Aloe Blacc was the best kept secret in the Los Angeles underground scene. In 2004/2005 he recorded a spanish version of John Legend’s “Ordinary People”, complete with an ode to Stevie Wonder, which is what caught my attention then. I’ve only heard it a couple of times and both times it was digitally. Well fast forward to last Wednesday and while attending a local Vinyl Record night, DJ Sandpaper pulled the vinyl out and proceeded to knock me out my seat. It’s a great version, and a must have for everyone.
Before Aloe Blacc was “The Man” he was one of the men in the hip-hop duo Emanon. Together with producer Exile since the mid-90s, they created some great music and continued to work on each others projects when on hiatus. They were residing in the Los Angeles underground scene much like the A-Team. You couldn’t attend a hip-hop show without coming in contact with Aloe. He was everywhere. Check out their ode to Gangstarr’s “Love Sick” from the album The Waiting Room.
If you don’t own Aloe’s Good Things, you need to run over and cop that. It’s available anywhere you shop for music and if it isn’t you should stop shopping there……
Reppin’ the OX, MED drops a new video featuring Aloe Blacc, “Where I’m From”. Production handled by Oh No
Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers/Mission fame has a new album For What You’ve Lost out now on Trade Vibe Records. The album features, Stro the 89th Key, Noelle Scaggs, Aloe Blacc, Gift Of Gab, Count Bass D and more. I suggest you pick this up if you are a fan of good eclectic music. Below is a little video from a record release party………Good music is alive and well my friends.
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Aloe Blacc cover’s the Velvet Underground song “Femme Fatale”, which can be found on his new album Good Things which can be purchased here. Also below you can check out the original version as well.