GPWW this week is a double bill with two featured guest artists: an interview with The Roots and John Legend and a Worldwide Family Mixtape out of Nottingham, UK, from an artist called Lone.
More picks include the latest single from Brooklyn's own heart throb Jesse Boykins III, "Before the Night is Through," along with Bilal, Jay Electronica, and of course, some lesser-known acts like Takeyo Moriyama and a South African vocalist by the name of Kheti.
Marsha Ambrosius (of Floetryfame) has released this video for "Far Away," a single off her upcoming album on J Records. Soak in this message from the artist:
Every year over 1 million people commit suicide. Some were bullied because of their sexuality. I lost a friend to suicide, and I’m asking all of you to support alternative lifestyles. Don’t put up with or join in with bullying. It’s time we become more aware in this world. Take responsibility to make a difference. So if my music can save one life, I’ve done my job.
New video from the amazing Raphael Saadiq, whose upcoming album Stone Rollin takes him in a new direction. The single "Radio" features a similar style of retro-update to his last album, The Way I See It, but he went back further this time - past funk and soul, to rock n roll and swing dancing era. Look out for Stone Rollin, due to be released on March 22nd.
Jamie XX, whose remix of Gil Scott-Heron's "New York is Killing Me" quickly became a GPWW favorite, continues to make waves. His remix of Adele's beautiful single "Rolling In the Deep" is truly out there. It's stripped and distorted, but somehow doesn't lose any momentum.