Atlanta rapper Daye Jack’s First Glitch debut album came out today and you can stream it at Spotify or download it at his site. Jack released his first mixtape, Hello World last year and gave it away on Soundcloud. He’s a computer programming student at NYU but his left field hip-hop might become his primary career. You can watch his video for “Easy” here.
Daily Archives: June 29, 2015
Seattle R&B couple Malice and Mario Sweet have added singer Shelby Poole to the fold and together the three of them are SMS. “Superstar” is a Tall Black Guy-produced single from their forthcoming (July 1) self-titled 7-song EP.
E-Reece’s music is the kind of hip-hop that’s usually classified as a throwback to a time when conscious rappers received major label support. His current single, “Success (Keep On Rising)” with Jimetta Rose is an anthem for the go-getter. He’s worked with Oddisee, Mayer Hawthorne, DJ Rhettmatic and Kev Brown. His music has appeared in TV show’s like MTV’s The Real World, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, 2K Sports’ College Basketball ’08, and Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. Los Angeles is his current home base but he grew-up outside Maryland soaking up jazz, R&B and hip-hop. He talked to Kick Mag about his creative work, Rachel Dolezal and the reception to his music.
“It’s important for the youth to know the importance of getting an education and being respectful to their elders”
What’s your take on the Rachel Dolezal situation?
I honestly don’t understand why she got all of this attention. There are much more important issues going on right now and stuff like this is just a distraction. She obviously has a lot of issues and self-hatred. She doesn’t know what it’s like at all to be black and it’s kind of a slap in the face, especially to black women. For anyone to be dishonest and deceptive about their identity shows that they’ve got some deep-rooted problems. She says she strongly identified with black people, but she seems a bit confused – a lot, rather. Her civil rights work is to be applauded, but she can still contribute to our community while being white.
Do you prefer rapping over sample-based beats or live instrumentation? Why?
If I had the choice it would be live instrumentation. There’s just a certain feeling that you get when live instruments are involved. Since I grew up playing jazz saxophone, the vibe of a band is something that I’m used to. It’s hard to explain, but there’s just a feeling that comes over me when I’m rocking with a band. I formed my former band back in 2007 and released a couple of projects with them. I just love the entire process of coming together to form an idea with other musicians. There’s a lot more freedom with live instruments and more creative options of things you can do.
Lyrically which rappers do you gain the most inspiration from and why?
It depends. I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of different rappers who have diverse styles. I guess it all depends on the music and how that rapper is fitting in with it, their style and what they’re saying and how they say it. I like artists who are a bit more lyrical and have distinct wordplay and delivery. People think that since my music tends to be more positive and “conscious” that that’s what I prefer to listen to, but I like a lot more hardcore material as well. It’s just the feeling of the music. If it triggers something in me, then I tend to draw inspiration from it.
How do you think the average listener reacts to your music, keeping in mind that most of the music they listen to these days is not as positive?
Most people tend to appreciate the music that I make and can feel the authenticity and truth in it. I hear often that it’s a breath of fresh air and that I should keep doing what I do. People tend to get inspired from the messages within my music and feel that I should be gaining just as much commercial success as the popular rappers out there today. I just make music that feels good to me and most of the time people are feeling good right with me.
What’s your favorite song in your catalog apart from “Success” and why?
If I had to pick I would say that it’s a track from my ’07 LP A New Breed entitled “B U.” I wrote that track in one sitting and it kind of just flowed through me. It speaks to the youth particularly and, really, to everyone. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Be happy with who you are. At the time, I was hardcore against commercial hip hop and the images that are portrayed. Kids really look up to these rappers and tend to be blind to the things that really matter in life. I still believe that this is true, but am less judgmental with that sentiment these days. It’s important for the youth to know the importance of getting an education and being respectful to their elders and to just be good people in this world who do the right things for the right reasons.
Maysa Leak’s soothing yet lush alto has been one of the core voices of traditional R&B since her emergence with UK jazz/ funk band Incognito in the early ‘90’s. Her solo career began a few years after being with Incognito and she has recorded 12 albums including 2013’s Blue Velvet Soul, which garnered her first Grammy nomination. In her 20-plus years in the music business she has endured through trends, industry beauty norms and the marginalizing of non-commercial R&B to establish a following that keeps her touring most of the year. The Baltimore native just released Back 2 Love, which she calls her summer album. In the following interview she talks about Back 2 Love, Baltimore and how music is much more than just a profession for her.
“I see myself as a musical servant”
You say it’s your summer album and I noticed you open it with the uptempo “Back 2 Love” how were you feeling when you recorded this album?
Just happy, you know not being in love or falling out of love I was just happy with myself. This is how I feel in general I’m happy with myself. I have problems like everyone else but I just want to make more money to pay my bills. Everything else I’m extremely happy. Part of me wants to meet someone part of me doesn’t care. I think I’m content and I want to make some changes in my life.
Last year was a big year for you with Blue Velvet Soul which you got the nomination for, what did it feel like to get that recognition?
It was surreal. When people say Grammy-nominated and they say my name I burst out laughing because it took so long. I know my mother had something to do with it because it happened right after she died. I know in my heart. She told me because I remember when I got to the first round and I didn’t get to the second round with the last I did, Motions Of Love and she said “Damn, that damn thing I’ll just get some damn gold and melt it down and make my own Grammy.” That’s how she was and she would make me laugh and forget the pain. My mother was amazing because she helped me do 20 years of my career because I was really struggling a lot and she would just say things when people would treat me terribly even when I was small, when I was real little they would tell me I was too big and they would tell me my boobs were too big. I was a size 12 and I was like wow. They told me I wasn’t light-skinned enough and I wasn’t this there was so much of that going on in the early ‘90’s. I don’ t want to throw people under the bus but they never did a video for “Deep Waters” because they didn’t think I was the video type-looking singer.
That’s always been the weird part of the industry because I don’t know that people are really supporting people strictly because of what they look like.
You know the industry part of it is weird that was back in the ‘90’s. When that came out it was during the time of the C&C Music Factory thing. Everybody had to be a model and have a belly button ring. On my first album cover they wanted me to do this nose ring and if you look at my first album cover I was so evil they made me put a nose ring in I look like a bull! But that was the style and thank god the camera is small you can barely see the nose ring. Even in my first pictures I was really small I remember my mother and my cousin went with me to this video shoot for “What About Our Love.” If I can only tell you how they were acting they had me feeling so self-conscious. They covered me up and I was crying.