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There are certain things you need to know. One of those is to allow Black Spade to take you on a glide-by of the future paths of your soul. The buzzing new EP Loves Right Here is a premonition of the soul-rebel's full-length To Serve with Love, slated to drop in February.
There is a sensation one feels around the presence of this universe's unseen energies. Some of us, including Spade, exist and interact as man through music. Hence Black Spade is a musician as naturally as most of us breathe. The sound of his breathing is theraputic – transporting its listener through realms of pensive self-exploration and cozy nostalgic reassurance.
You may have already experienced glimpses of Black Spade's gift on Garth Trinidad's Chocolate City. For those of you who have not, I'll give you the nutshell breakdown. Think vintage 2027 – clean but dusty electro funk and honest tales of profound life experiences. The music bubbles like black gold or a sulphuric hot spring. A mystic's dialogue slides like eggnog over ice expressing the forthright perspective of an old soul, injecting wit and comedy. The mushroom-soul voices give rise to the dead; fly like doves over a s�ance. Sit on that for a second.
Now that I've turned you on to the future, I'll get down to the matter at hand. Loves Right Here departs with the title track and lead single, an elastic, futuristic twist on a timeless theme – love and hate. Spade sums it up best: "Is it love when the president react late? Vacationin' when lives steady at stake. How could you possibly love when you love hate?"
"The Ship has Sailed" is a cry to "bring out ya' dead," leaving a trail of wrecked emcees in it's wake. Here Spade trades verses with LA-based, St. Louis-raised rapper Wafeek, who gets at ya' tough with a fistful of deadly shanks. The two cutthroat banditos cross you up with blade-sharp wordplay over a colossally macabre break, laced with haunting Gregorian chants.
"Not for the Bullshit," featuring the incomparable Coultrain, looks you dead in the eye while mashing down the muddy Mississippi. Ironically, it's that same mighty thoroughfare that once linked St. Louis (Spade's estranged hometown) to the Crescent City. "Ya'll waitin' for a change, like FEMA never came; New Orleans I feel your pain," Spade profoundly speaks.
The fourth and final cut, "Say So," (exclusive to the EP) is reminiscent of "Change Clothes" on syrup. It sinks in deep through layers of nostalgia with cracking pool-hall percussion, blessing us with the much-needed reminder of why we love music. Vocalist Phillipe adds even more fresh aire to the sound of music, taking us higher. The honest and forthright theme of the EP stays present to the end as Spade confides, "Sometimes I think I slept with the daughter of Satan. My friends sayin' to me, �dog you way too patient.'What you want me to do lock her up in tha basement?! Damn, they don't understand, but need to know – if she don't want to be with me, then she need to say so."
In sum, this four-song set succeeds in preparing travelers for the full length, To Serve with Love, sure to procure a space in our psyche. Trust when I say so, Black Spade is a crusader who you need to know. But don't take my word for fact. Enhance your experience here:
Pick up the EP Loves Right Here (immediately) and To Serve with Love (in February) at:
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In 1939, legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday transformed a poem written by a Jewish school teacher from the Bronx into the harrowing anthem of the anti-lynching movement in the South (Watch Video). Nearly 70 years later, three MCs from Waco, Texas have adopted the title of that song into the name of their hip-hop trio, and are paying homage to Ms. Holiday and the legacy of the black struggle in America with their new-school brand of musical commentary.
Symbolyc One (S1), Myth and My-One (pronounced “my own”) are The Strange Fruit Project.
“We wanted to use our music to uplift and bring something positive,” says Myth, “Music is a powerful tool that can be used to help people overcome negative energy. That name represents what we want to get across.”
Defying all stereotypes of today’s southern rap music scene, SFP laces their music with soulful and uplifting lyrics layered over jazz- and blues-tinged hip hop beats. Heavily influenced by classic soul artists like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, their music acknowledges a deep respect for artists who stand up for what they believe in. And this is precisely what they’re striving to do.
“I think there’s a lack of creativity right now, a lack of substance,” says S1, who also produces the majority of the group's tracks, “There’s a lack of leaders also. You get lot of people just trying to duplicate something that’s already been done. Trying to deliver certain subjects or concepts that everyone else is going with right now.”
This may be why most of the music we hear on the radio sounds like a remix of the song that just played before it. And being from Texas, SFP recognizes that the grills and the bling may have their place in the music industry, it’s just not natural for them to express themselves in that way.
“We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with that,” says S1. “That stuff has it’s place, but that’s all there is right now. All the industry is really showcasing. All the audience is consuming.”
”A lot of people try to paint hip hop in a negative [way],” says Myth. “People don’t realize that there’s a whole ‘nother aspect to hip hop, and that’s what we represent. And this side isn’t really being showcased, it’s just one-sided right now.”
The group is currently in the studio working on their fourth full-length project. Their latest studio release from Om Records, titled, The Healing, was released in 2006. The inspiration for the album was a combination of spiritual awakening and observation of the state of pop culture.
“We wanted to put an album out to motivate people to overcome whatever obstacles they’re going through,” says S1, “Everybody’s dealing with some type of sickness. And we wanted to bring some refreshing music to hip hop, and to the industry as a whole, and show them that there is something out there that is healing. Something other than “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” you know?”
The album is jam packed with spiritually and socially conscious tracks that wrestle with issues like truth, love and the everyday experiences of life. Songs like “God Is,” “Liberation” and “Get Live” (the second single featuring hip hop soulstress Erykah Badu) declare the need for a new way of seeing ourselves in relation to each other and our creator: “Surprising how we be callin’ His name when there’s a problem/but whenever God will solve them/ instead of praisin’ His name we tend to hide Him in the back of our lives.”
“We’re not perfect, we’re not saying that,” says Myth, “We make mistakes too, but we try to learn from them. That’s how you grow.”
It’s not often that you hear lyrics like “God is beautiful” and “walking with Christ” in secular hip hop music. But it’s not lip service. A diverse group of fans quickly catapulted the group’s success and continue to flock to live performances around the world.
“It’s amazing sometimes. It’s very interesting,” says Myth, “When we went overseas to the UK we got to really see how diverse the fans are. It’s good to see, it’s part of what keeps us motivated.”
During their Spring 2007 tour, the group released a compilation of one-off projects titled “The Lost Documents,” hoping to keep the fans quenched until the release of their next full-length.
And with every record they make, the group keeps their listeners in mind. They want to affect people. They want to affect change, honoring the past while creating music that will positively influence the future.
“I would hope our music could help to change the way we interact with each other,” says Myth, “Stop being so disrespectful. Stop calling women [names] and all that. Sometimes it seems like we’re so negative. We need to show more love to one another, and not just in our communities, but all over the world.”
“I would like to see more people lean and depend on God,” says S1, “Just giving their lives to Christ and letting Him be the overseer of their lives. That’s my main purpose in everything I do.”
SFP Official Website
1. Keelay & Zaire – Alright with Me feat. Phonte & Dminor
2. Pete Rock – Till I Retire
3. Nas – Surviving the Times
4. Wu Tang Clan – Take it Back
5. Bro.Dvoaa feat. mc enod – Travelelin
6. Guru feat. Slum Village – Cuz I’m Jazzy
7. Stacy Epps – Floatin
8. TM Juke feat. Alice Russell – Playground Games
9. Mark Ronson feat. Lily Allen – Oh My God
10. Morgan Heritage – Love You Right
11. Mr Vegas – Hot Wuk Soca Remix
12. Nicolay & Kay – Tight Eyes feat. Oh No & The Love Bugs
13. Erykah Badu – Honey
14. Vaugh Anthony – Listen Up
15. Damiano Digglerelli – b d
16. Bilal & 88 Keys – MILF
17. DJ Vadim – Got to Rock RMX
18. Kid Sister – Pro Nails RMX feat. Kanye West
19. Kafani feat. Keak the Sneak – Fast Like a Nascar
20. Tone Loc/Peaches – Wild Thing RMX
Check out these videos i found last night. Raekwon sheds some light on the new Wu Tang record and some internal drama that’s going down between RZA and the rest of the clan; Hiding money and unsatistfied production on the new record. This really breaks my heart….