Hello All. Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked! – MLH
There was talk recently about some tax woes Lauryn had got into, and it appears she’s being forced to alleviate them by providing her label with new music. Don’t let the circumstance fool you though: this is a sharp release that’s as good a track as I’ve heard in recent months. Lauryn’s flow is imperious throughout, with her rapid delivery tearing a path through the track, and though she’s accompanied by a very lively electronic-influenced production that would dominate another artist, she overpowers it with ease. The lyricism is as barbed as you’d hope for, as she takes aim at social issues, corporate dictatorship, religious decline and so on; there’s incredible intensity and depth in the lyricism that warrants several replays to catch it all, and undoubtedly it’s one many will find relatability with. Stream, or grab it on iTunes (US) here.
Isn’t it ironic that I forgot to post these?
To take the positives out of the situation, it does mean that the choices for this week’s episode sort of fall into my lap, based on old-school tracks I’ve found myself inexplicably listening to recently. The diversity you’ve come to expect (or at least did 2 months ago) from this series is still there, with 4 tracks in 4 different styles, and a nice mix of genres thrown in.
Head below for the latest instalment.
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A mashup album that pairs Drake with The Fugees’ classic The Score. This mashup marks 15 years since the original release of The Score, and on the project Alexei updates the original Fugees’ album with new verses from Drake, as well as Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, and Q-Tip.
“The Score is easily my favorite hip-hop album of all time and I still listen to it regularly, often before I sit down to work on my own music,” says Alexei. “To keep it exciting after 15 years, I decided to spice it up a bit. The Score has texture and soul that you don’t find much in today’s production. Put that and Drake together, and you have an incredibly fun listen.”
Should be very interesting listen. Inevitably, there will be those that are ‘outraged’ at ‘desecrating’ a classic but give it a chance first as Alexei is certainly a talented dude, and I’m sure he’ll retain the essence and brilliance of the original.
DJ Alexei Presents: Drizzy Settles The Score (Drake vs. The Fugees)
It’s always great to hear this Bob Marley classic, but when it’s performed by the brilliant but elusive Lauryn Hill, there’s a whole new experience to enjoy.
As you’d rightfully expect, Lauryn stamps her authority on the track with a great performance, making it sound as if it was written for her in the first place. Ably backed by The Roots, this is a performance that’s well worth watching.
19 tracks from 19 different artists this week tells you that this episode is stacked with variety. Mostly established names too (at least in the R&B Fridays series!), so this is definitely one to be getting involved with.
As per usual routine, let’s catch up with the R&B week gone by: the new Rihanna single, Ne-Yo’s latest video, hugely anticipated visuals for Bruno Mars’ debut single, the official tracklisting for Bruno’s debut album, much-delayed video from Auburn, and finally the latest collab from Taio Cruz and Tinchy Stryder.
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No idea whether this is new material or an unreleased track, but it’s always marvellous to hear something fresh from her. She really is the female Andre 3000, in that she’s immensely talented and yet hardly ever releases anything new these days. Judging by the quality of this track (it’s pretty good!) I’m guessing that this is unreleased from back when she was awesome (she’s too bonkers for me to believe she can come up with the goods now tbh).
Lauryn Hill – Repercussions