“Hey mister, please mister DJ / tell me if you hear me / turn the music up” What we’re listening to this week…
“That’s shallow, but every end of my pool ain’t deep / that’s cool if that’s not how you think / But to find myself, gotta be honest with me / and balance & moderation, that’s really the key”
We are now entering the chapter in the culture where the new artists actually grew up on Kanye, Drake, and J.Cole. For this next group of rappers (especially for the Black male ones), being sensitive and vulnerable in their music is as normal as being turned up or gangsta. We are just beginning to the see product of the seeds planted in the culture 10-15 years ago.
We start this week with the reflective and introspective single, Love for You 2, from Ohio emcee Jerreau. The kind of music you can only really make on your way up the mountain. The song is featured on his debut album Never How You Plan.
It doesn’t seem like it yet, and in about a year or so there will be many people in culture saying that this Chicago wave came out of nowhere. But the city has been quietly picking up wins all year. This week we’re vibing out to Spread Love by southside Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins. The track is produced by Seattle virtuoso and Soulection team member Sango, and is featured on Mick’s new album, The Healing Component.
“I was broken / I was acting up / For good reason / Lost all of my love”
These words, a piano interlude, and the soft yet soul-filled voice of NYC-based singer/songwriter Amber Mark take us into her new single, Way Back. Then a snap comes in to keep time, and then around the 0:52 mark, the beat comes in and you will be up on your feet! Pick up the single here.
We wrap things up this week with Nothing Even Matters, from DMV singer Kevin Ross and Mississippi/Louisiana singer K I R B Y. The duo pull off a beautiful cover of the 1998 Lauryn Hill & D’Angelo classic.