The duo of yU and Slimkat are back as The 1978ers and drop some visuals from their album People Of Today. “Without A Clue” is a more smooth than some room temperature Crown over the rocks. SlimKat produces some soulful and colorful jazz infused goodness while yU rides the beat like smooth sailing.
Man, I could zone out to this for a minute, pair this with that King Fantastic , “Surf’s Up” joint and it’s a wrap. I’m not getting out this chair for a minute. yU, from DMV, puts the mic down and let’s us all just vibe out, with the help of Danedra Rowell on the vocals. Beautifully melodic and extremely catchy. Download this and thank me tomorrow. Well done MMG
The A-side of the next installment in Mello Music Group’s 7” Series comes from Diamond District/1978er producer/emcee yU. The gruff DMV MC is known for philosophical street rap but “Dreams” takes a different route – the result a hauntingly beautiful track likely to end up on repeat.
Enlisting Danedra Rowell on vocals, yU eschews the new age boom-bap that got him noticed for something closer to all of our heartstrings. Featuring no rapped bars, “Dreams” is a bittersweet ballad that is less literal than emotive. It captures that late-night, pensive feeling us music heads are very familiar with. yU is able to craft a sound that is universal and hyper-local, breaking new ground for himself musically. The drums sound like they could be on any Diamond District-related project but the melody and chords don’t sound too far from something that could find its way onto radio.
Peeling back yet another layer of sound from his extensive pallet, yU is proving his versatility as a musician. “Dreams” along with the b-side “Prior Days” officially comes out on limited edition (300 copies only) vinyl 7” this Tuesday – though it is shipping early from MMG now!
yU released The Earn last year on Mello Music Group, the album was well received and yU has been rising quickly in the Hip-Hop ranks. Oddisee brings us back to the album with his remix to “I Believe” from the album. He changes up the chorus and repackages the track. The result is a really clean remix, which does what a remix is supposed to do, create a new version of a previous work.
Mello Music Group continues to grow and drop new and dope music on the masses. This is no difference as the collective links Black Opera with yU on the beats.
The Black Superstar has always been a paradox in American Culture. African-Americans, and many racialized ‘others’, have for a long time held this odd allure as naturally cool, while at the same time suffering the effects of a body that is instantly criminalized. This is a dangerous duality that can serve as simultaneous impetus and hindrance. This polarization drives an ill collaboration between yU and the mysterious Black Opera, hosted by Mello Music Group.
yU of Diamond District fame drops his MLK inspired track, “I Believe”.
“Today’s a special day in remembrance of a man that resembled the spirit of a leader at a time where many just followed suit & went with the tide. Another example of how powerful the spoken word can be, changing the lives of many by something as simple as a thought; amplified by the tone of his voice. When iIm onstage, sometimes I think of Martin & Malcolm. I think of how they fueled their supporters with inspiration to push forward. I wrote “I Believe” at a time when I myself was going thru a lot, and was trying to fine tune my focus. Somehow after talking to my creator, & Charlie Ross (who lived in Okinawa, Japan at the time), I was given the music & this is what came from it.” – yU