An artist like Oddisee comes once every generation. The sincerity, intelligence, integrity, and musical inclination is an incredibly rare combination Oddisee possesses. Respected by Hip Hop's top rappers, it's interesting to see who he cosigns or connects with. Raised in South Germany, JuJu Rogers is the son of a American G.I and German Austrian Mother. Signed to Jakarta Records, Rogers has yet to release a project, but made quite an impact on Oddisee while meeting at the label's president's home in 2013. Also from Germany, producer Jusoul provides an inspiring instrumental for the two talented rappers to lay their knowledge on. Beginning with soulful strings, Jusoul chops it up and adds a heavy groove of acoustic drums and bass. Vocally the two rappers gel as well, with Juju having a higher voice in contrast to Oddisee's deep and gritty vocals, the combination creates a very natural flow to the arrangement. And of course the content is worth paying attention to as the emcees trade verses of the trial and tribulations of the come up, but give passionate answers to keep prevailing no matter the circumstance. A multi dimensional track featuring an underground legend is a impressive introduction. With his debut project From The Life Of a Good-For-Nothing arriving July 3rd, Juju Rogers is projected to have a thriving career here and overseas. Also, if you haven't already checked it out listen to Oddisee's new release The Good Fight which is now available on Bandcamp.
Our brother Jukebox Verbal is back with his latest single, "Dreams," produced by the homie Madhattr. Jukebox takes us back in time on this latest record; back to the days when he was just coming up. Before there was a Freeway Show, before singles were dropping everywhere, before Black Room Entertainment even existed...Juke was hustling to turn his dreams into a reality. Our boy is doing it big right now! The story behind "Dreams" is essentially all about the grind; which is a narrative that all aspiring emcees can relate to. Be sure to check out Jukes latest single, and share your thoughts below.
Perfeck Strangers (Promise & Dan-e-o) recently released the visuals to "Dreams", off their debut album Series Premiere - which is a free release, by the way, so you should definitely give it a download. On "Dreams", the Toronto-based duo re-imagine the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as if they never happened. Brooklyn emcee Wordsworth joins them on a verse, and Yonatan Watts lends his soulful vocals to the chorus. Watch the Andre Rehal-directed visuals below.
"The block got hot/ Right before I thought he woulda got shot, he dodged it/ Guess God wanted him to keep talkin'/ He said, 'I had a dream, but it wasn't for me, Promise/ When I leave all this, I'm gonna need unique artists/ To grab the mic, and speak knowledge.'" - Promise