Kelis Bares Her Soul on ‘Food’

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By Chelsea Whitaker

I’ve been impressed by Kelis since I heard her sing the hook to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Got Your Money”. She was dripping in attitude, giving the track the vocal equivalent of a side-eye. Kelis moved on to find a distinct niche as top songstress of The Neptunes, who brought a unique playfulness to her hit songs “Milkshake” and “Caught Out There”.

It’s been 11 years since “Milkshake” permeated clubs and block parties. Kelis has released two albums since then, but neither of them truly recapture the magic of her debut album Kaleidoscope. By staying in the public eye throughout her divorce from Nas she was present but not musically relevant – and his song about her did not help. With the release of a new album, Kelis offers a departure from her past by embracing a vintage sound.

Kelis delivers a soul-drenched take on all types of nourishment on her sixth studio album, Food.  Kelis appears as a soulful kitchen goddess, and does so while keeping her sound toe-tappingly upbeat. This sound is a departure from her previous albums, and is deeply influenced by producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. The result is a blend of deep yet mellow tracks perfect for any cookout or dinner party. [Read more...]

K’Naan Announces Tour Dates

 

Spirited rapper and vocalist K’Naan has set the release date for his upcoming third album, Country, God or The Girl, for October 16.

The all-star list of collaborators on the album is definitely something to make a fuss about. Gear up for tracks with Bono, Will.i.Am, Nas and Keith Richards. Awesomeness.

K’Naan’s tour kicks off this weekend in NYC at The Global Poverty Project’s Global Festival. The show will be a free-ticketed concert on September 29 in Central Park, and will include other acts such as The Black Keys, Neil Young and Foo Fighters.

Tour Dates
9/29 New York, NY @ Global Fest 2012
10/21 St Louis, MO @ Rock n Roll St. Louis
10/23 Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/25 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
10/26 Austin, TX @ Beauty Ballroom
10/27 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
10/30 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs
11/1 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
11/3 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
11/4 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
11/7 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/8 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
11/10 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
11/13 Seattle , WA @ Neumos
11/14 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
11/16 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/18 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

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Interview: Gilles Peterson Talks With Nas On The Worldwide Show 7/26

 

The week’s edition of the Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson features New York’s hip hop originator Nas in conversation. He discusses his tenth album, Life Is Good, and the passing of fellow Beastie Boy’s MCA. Nas also clues us into one of his favorite lyricist, who is surprisingly someone outside of hip hop. You’ll have to listen to find out but we’ll give you a hint: their initials are BD.

Stream Gilles’ latest show and more below.

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Gilles’ most recent shows:

GPWW: 07/19/2012 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Toshio

GPWW: 07/12/2012 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Koreless

GPWW: 07/06/2012 Worldwide Family Mixtape w/ Alex Barck

 

New Release: Nas – ‘Life Is Good’

 

Today marks the release of Nas’ 10th studio album, Life Is Good. Anticipation has been buzzing about the internet for some time now with leaks and advances floating around, and the verdict has quite unanimously been that this album carries greatness. We agree.

Produced largely by No. I.D. and Salaam Remi, the music is solid and the lyrics are characteristically genuine with Nas speaking on a range of poignant issues per usual. Watch the video for “Daughters” below and let’s all tip our hats to Nas for yet another instant classic.

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New Release: Nas & Amy Winehouse – ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ Mixtape (by Terry Urban)

 

As the one year anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s passing approaches, Terry Urban released a pretty amazing mixtape mashing together the soul queen and Nas. Called Me & Mr. Jones, the hour long mix is an entrancing medley of old and new, and promises to keep your attention from end to end. Stream below and thank Okayplayer for the premiere!

Nas & Amy Winehouse – ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ Mixtape (by Terry Urban) [Download on Mediafire]

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