Released On: Sep 12, 2006
Released By: Music World Music
Mojoe members Easy Lee and Tre have often described Mojoe as "The Roots meet OutKast over dinner with Marvin Gaye at D'Angelo's house." That's a party that anyone in their right mind would want to attend and Mojoe channels that spirit on classic.ghetto.soul., a timeless showcase of its sumptuous blend of worldwide poetry, sweet soul melodies and harmonies, reverent blues and jazz and dirty south hip-hop.
The album incorporates an enticing hodgepodge of styles on songs like the laid-back "Yesterday" that sets the vibe with flawless musicianship and sentimental lyrics about the perils of infatuation, "The Blues," and "A Cool Poem," where Easy Lee illuminates the foundations of rap with the spoken word style he first honed on the open-mic poetry scene. Other highlights include "True Jewel," a jazzy ode to the "screwed & chopped" hip-hop culture invented by the late DJ Screw and the low-key, funky "3rd Coast Anthem." Also known for their improvised shows, the band built a reputation for themselves throughout the South over the years and were voted the Best Hip-Hop Group for four years running by the readers of The San Antonio Current. On classic.ghetto.soul. the like minded duo have released an underground classic in the vein of The Roots, Black Star and Digable Planets that needs to be heard coast to coast.