Ebo Taylor: “Love and Death” + MP3

At 74 years old, Ebo Taylor is stronger than ever.  Hailing from Ghana, Ebo has been at the forefront of the highlife genre (characterized by jazz horns and guitars) and has committed his life to Afrobeat music.  This past October, Ebo released his first international studio album, Love and Death.  The title track, “Love and Death” displays his “achingly honest” voice and is chock full of sage-like wisdom.

Ebo Taylor- Love and Death [MP3]

 

Official Album Site | Strut Records

Purchase on iTunes | Amazon

Jay Electronica Added To Jay Z’s Label + MP3

This past Friday, at a NYC club, Jay-Z announced that the New Orleans rapper, Jay Electronica, has been signed to his label, Roc Nation.  Jay-Z explained this move by saying that his “whole goal is to reintroduce the magic to hip hop.”  Jay Electronica has been making his name in the underground scene for several years with hit singles like “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit C”.  The two also created a collaborative song, “Shiny Suit Theory”, which features The-Dream and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Jay Electronica- Shiny Suit Theory feat. Jay-Z, The-Dream, & Charlotte Gainsbourg [MP3]

 

Chrisette Michele: Let Freedom Reign + MP3

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This native New Yorker with a gorgeous, soulful voice is back with a new album dropping November 30th.  “I’m A Star” is a single straight off of Chrisette Michele‘s third album, Let Freedom Reign.  Leading up to this release, Chrisette has created her first mixtape, Love Thy Brother, which is a collaboration with her brother, Lem Payne.

Chrisette Michele feat. Lem Payne- 90210 Marilyn Monroe [MP3]

 

Download Love Thy Brother for free at Datpiff.com.

Lady Daisey on BBE Records + MP3

“Soul Strut” is the second single to be released from Lady Daisey‘s debut album produced by Batsauce. It dives into the traditions of funky soul to create a modern day classic. This was the last track written and recorded for the album and has proven to be an instant hit. The message is a reminder to take time out of the daily struggle, enjoy life and rock your inner you.

Lady Daisey’s debut, In My Pocket, will be released November 15th on BBE Records. Check out the EPK here.

Lady Daisey – “Soul Strut” [MP3]
 

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The Beast & Nnenna Freelon Present Freedom Suite, Hosted by 9th Wonder + MP3

The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer’s new jazz site.

The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.

Check out the first single “Freedom Part 2″ from their Bandcamp site below.