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 TheWaiting Room.
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.