'Yesterday' b/w '3rd Coast Anthem'
Released On: Jan 01, 1970
Released By: Music World Entertainment
San Antonio hip-hop duo Mojoe put their best foot forward on this 12-inch promo single, nurturing that crucial link between classic old school music and fresh new school style.
Easy Lee (Charles Peters) and Tre (Treson Scipio) are Mojoe, a duo that has often described itself 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: a free-form jam with only the tastiest beats, rhymes, and harmonies, not to mention words and emotions that truly echo the barometer of urban life. Mojoe channels that spirit with classic.ghetto.soul., a timeless showcase of its sumptuous blend of worldwise poetry, sweet soul melodies and harmonies, reverent blues and jazz, and Dirty South hip-hop. Originally released locally in 2003 and produced by Roger Blevins of the acclaimed Austin-based funk band Mingo Fishtrap, the newly remastered version of classic.ghetto.soul. is essentially unaltered - which is astonishing considering how fresh and different it sounds (some songs were recorded as early as 2001). Created in makeshift recording locations (from closets and bathrooms to bedroom studios), it is a testament to the non-essential nature of expensive studios and equipment when the music is grounded in the soul. The group has steadily built a reputation for its performances throughout the South and continue to be a local favorite. It's during these shows and through classic.ghetto.soul. that people can truly see and understand that for Mojoe, music is not just a business, but a craft to be honed, honored, and preserved for all times.
This 12-inch features two essential highlights from the album. The laid-back funk of "Yesterday" sets the vibe with flawless musicianship and sentimental lyrics about the perils of infatuation. Clever wordplay on the verses and stirring vocal harmonies on the choruses flow smoothly over soulful, organic instrumentation and thick beats. Picking up the pace on the B-Side, "3rd Coast Anthem" is geared for the dance floor yet stays true to Mojoe's low-key, funky aesthetic. Energetically representing their "coast" while eschewing the clichés of typical "dirty-south" club music, this sing-a-long anthem fuses crunk beats with elements of roots music to create a fresh image of what hip-hop below the Mason-Dixon line can really look like. Also including instrumental, a cappella, and radio mixes of each track, this 12-inch proves that Mojoe is worth much more than your average Joe.