Exclusive Track by The Beast: “Come Up, Come Down” + MP3

The Beast & Nnenna Freelon released their jazz-hip-hop hybrid, Freedom Suite, for free download on Okayplayer’s new jazz-inspired channel, The Revivalist, in October. Since then, extra goodies have been released to supplement the Freedom Suite album: the “Freedom Pt 2″ music video, a Phonte freestyle and the non-album track, “Black Fantastic.”

This song “Come Up, Come Down” is more complete than a freestyle, but not quite polished enough to be a final studio track. Not included anywhere on the album, this song showcases the unique composition of The Beast. This full album is available for free on Bandcamp.

The Beast – “Come Up, Come Down” [MP3]
 

GPWW 11/10/10 Worldwide Family Mixtape: Gotan Project

Gilles Peterson is back with another classic World Wide mix with The Gotan Project in Paris, France. Gilles brings in some new music from Cassandra Wilson, The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon, Prommer & Barck, Isoul8 & Mark de Clive Lowe and plenty more. Enter Gotan sometime in hour 2: the Tango trio takes some time off from their massive world tour (find dates) to pick their favorite tracks.

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Freedom Suite Release Party in NYC – Nov 11

The second annual Nublu Jazz Fest is going on now in NYC, and this Thursday (11/11) they’re having a record release party for Freedom Suite by The Beast & Nnenna Freelon. The Beast is joining Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, Marcus Baylor and more for a night of live music presented by Revivalist.

If you haven’t heard it yet, get the full jazz/hip-hop mixture Freedom Suite from Bandcamp or Revivalist now.

The Beast & Nnenna Freelon’s “Freedom Part 2″ Video off New Album Freedom Suite

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Here is the first video from Freedom Suite, the new project by Nnenna Freelon and The Beast hosted by 9th Wonder, to be posted for free download soon on Okayplayer‘s new jazz-inspired channel The Revivalist. Featured artists on this project of music & words include Phonte, YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Kooley High, Geechi SuedeBranford Marsalis, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.

Directed by Napoleon Wright II, the “Freedom Part 2″ video is a documentary-style short film, which follows The Beast as they volunteer and perform at a Durham-based non profit organization called SEEDS. All proceeds from the performance were donated to SEEDS, an organization which teaches inner-city youth how to plant, grow, harvest and sell crops in their own communities. Learn more about SEEDS here: seedsnc.org

Thanks to our friends at The Couch Sessions for the premiere of this community-spirited video. Keep an eye out for the launch of Okayplayer‘s new site, The Revivalist on October 26th.

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.