From the independent label Stones Throw Records comes the groundbreaking new collaboration from Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne. Both of these two artists have climbed the indie ladder with precision without compromising their musical integrity over the past decade. Jake One, working with Rhymesayers Entertainment as well as getting countless producer credits on some very well known tracks (“Three Kings” with Dr. Dre, Rick Ross and Jay Z.) Mayer Hawthorne, going from DJ Haircut to becoming a soul singing juggernaut, breaking womens hearts all over the world with Stones Throw records.
Combined, these two are ready to set the world ablaze as Tuxedo and are ready to deliver their debut self-titled album on March 3rd. Today you can listen to the album before its shipped via NPR. Definitely take a listen and support by purchasing now at Stones Throw Records.
STREAM TUXEDO HERE
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!
The soulful, inspiring “Show Me The Way” gets some all-new, bright and clean L.A. visuals today as Dilated Peoples link with Aloe Blacc and directors Andrew Melby & Evidence. This one’s a strong cut for your rotation if you’ve slept on the Peoples’ Directors of Photography. Sign boyz in the background are tight, btw.
Dilated with Aloe Blacc on the hook?
I was signed up on paper alone and “Show Me The Way” delivered on first listen. The soulful Blacc laces a hook that’ll keep ya comin’ back and establishes the inspirational tone of the song carried out by the Peoples in the verses (2nd verse, my fave). Jake One produces, and this one will appear on the upcoming album, Directors of Photography, dropping August 12th.
Also do yourself and check out Evidence’s Instagram.
As expected, the audio release yesterday is followed up by the video today. Above, see how the Jake One-produced “Hustler” gets some appropriate black and white, classic gangster visuals to match.
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