It is tentatively titled B.A.D. (Build And Destroy Gang) and I think would be a fresh project for Kweli’s catalogue, especially given his recent run of independent releases. Hopefully, he’ll also be collabing with 9th’s JAMLA label so we can see BK & Chicago in the form of Kweli and Add-2. Wishful (and reasonable) thinking on my end…
This time last week, the previews for the Jamla Is The Squad compilation album were super heavy. “No Competition” & “15 Minutes of Fame” were my favorites and those collabs set the tone for the full project that dropped today. 9th Wonder‘s label pulled out all the stops for the 25 (!) new tracks with production primarily helmed by Khrysis and the boss man himself. Jamla artists Rapsody, GQ, Heather Victoria, the newest signee, Chicago’s Add-2, and more all appear on the album, with big-name features from Talib Kweli, Phonte, Blu, Pete Rock, Lecrae, and BJ The Chicago Kid also appearing. Hosted by Statik Selektah. Stream and purchase below via the good friends at DJ Booth.
Another day, another gem off the upcoming Jamla Records compilation Jamla Is The Squad. This one is a Chicago affair as R&B and hip hop mix with BJ The Chicago Kid & Add-2 rhyming over a smooth 9th Wonder production. “15 Minutes of Fame” first features an introspective BJ carrying the first half of the track upset at the lady who left him and that he’s moved on. Great vocal performance by him on this. Add-2 concluded the record with a great guest verse, addressing the lady with references that tie in to each other a few lines after another. For example, keep your ears perked for his Neo from The Matrix reference.
All in all, “15 Minutes Of Fame” feels like one of those smooth hip hop/R&B hybrids from like 10 years ago. I loved that vibe and love this one too. Instant *Tibs Fav. with the full project dropping January 28th. Listen below, along with the previous previews.