As a long fan and appreciator of Naledge as a lyrical emcee from Chicago, (he and Double-0 were our first interview in the Chicago scene actually in 2008) I’m glad to see and hear some new music from him — his first mixtape since early 2014.
Longtime collaborators Omen and Vic Spencer make appearances on the 10-track opus, Naledge is Power. Listen/download below for some
Nikki Jean’s Champagne Water EP arrives in full today — for free stream/download below!
Previews, like her collab with Ab-Soul, have surfaced in recent weeks and now we get the full 6-track opus that also contains contributions from Jake One, her consistent partner-in-crime Double-0, and Chance’s Social Experiment collective. It’s somethin’ fresh and different for longtime fans of Nikki with the same gripping vocals that made me a fan since her breakout days with Lupe. This only continues the strong week of new EP releases in the R&B realm, don’t overlook this one!
Rivers runnin’ down my face..
Nikki Jean’s hook will surely get stuck in your head after just one listen to her new track and collaboration with the hometown’s Social Experiment collective. Donnie Trumpet, namely, provides the horns and Nikki’s now consistent producer, Double-0 (where’s my Kidz In The Hall fans at??), provides the catchy overall production. To bring it complete, Nikki sounds wonderful with the vocals throughout, as Hypetrak says is sung with a “TC Helicon voice live touch.” Needless to say, this new preview off the upcoming Champagne Water EP is a nice add to your rotation.
ICYMI: Nikki Jean f/ Ab-Soul “Champagne Water” | Lupe Fiasco f/ Nikki Jean “Haile Selassie”
NEW Nikki Jean is always a pleasant add to the rotation and for her new title track to her forthcoming EP, she gets an assist from a familiar recent collaborator: TDE’s Ab-Soul. The sound, produced by Nikki herself and Double-0, plays out a little unusually if you’re familiar with their recent work, but the twist is fresh and a great compliment for Ab-Soul’s guest verse. Listen below and expect more from the EP before 2014 is out.
Nikki Jean is back at it for her upcoming EP, due out later this Fall after her guest spot on Ab-Soul’s album alongside Lupe Fiasco. Consider “Summertime Girl” a soothing summer addition to the project as Double-0 sets the tone with a chill, yet not exactly upbeat production that you may expect from a “summer single”. That’s not the aim here with a song titled “Summertime Girl”. You’ll see as you follow the story, with my favorite part sonically coming in the latter third of the track. As such, stay tuned all the way through, for more previews of the EP this summer, and her appearance(s) on the upcoming Lupe Fiasco album, Tetsuo & Youth.