West coast hip-hop/funk pioneer Declaime links up with Blu to give us his thought provoking and cerebral new single, “Internally Yours”, from his forthcoming album, Young Spirit.
The song features the two Cali lyrical geniuses spitting some introspective bars about worldly topics from greed and the human spirit to the ongoing police brutality and corruption in Los Angeles. They flawlessly make wordplay magic over a smooth, mellow neosoul driven soundscape provided by Georgia Anne Muldrow. Declaime explains the meaning behind “Internnally Yours” and who the song is speaking to:
“‘Internally Yours’ is about inner truth. I’m talking about all the cats running this world to see that they are just like us. Their heart beats just like us,” said Declaime. He also explains the concept behind the album and everything he and Blu are addressing. “The whole album is about how the media and government…food messing with the kid’s heads and their young spirits. Blu’s speaking on some truths he had locked inside of him.”
Biggie died March 9th, I was born March 10th, you do the math,” announces Ayun Bassa on his 2014 track “Yellow.”
Such boasts would be blaspheme to Hip Hop heads if not backed up by the dizzying display of lyricism, harmony and conceptual complexity that makes his debut “HUGs+SLAPs” reminiscent of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready To Die.”
Born Ayun Bassa to Liberian emigrants, and known as Dashawn Cassell to the United States government, the 6’3 280-pound gentle giant has more in common with the late Biggie Smalls than just his size and shade.
Both introduced themselves to the game with autobiographical debuts that draw on the joy and pain of being a Black man in modern America. But while Ayun’s psyche proves to be less pessimistic than B.I.G.’s, whose doubt was colored by the chaos of the crack era, things haven’t changed much since back in the days when Biggie was rapping about Cazal shades and cornbraids.
Sounds like Kan Kick and Declaime have been in the kitchen cookin’ up some goodies that’ll definitely give you a sweet tooth… Cake boss goes straight for the gut but without all the high fructose corn syrup…
Produced by the man Kan Kick, also known as Kan Zulu…Kan The Man, and many other fonk aliases..but one thing’s for sure: there is only one Kan Kick…and this joint here kicks like a whole afternoon of kungfu…might need a little foot surgery after this one…and to add to it…we have Dr.Stokley the Fonk Monk also known in some of the last true hip hop circles as Declaime the Poet…
Declaime always has something serious to say…and man…does he say it!!…all I have to say is these two together are a combination unmatched…
I heard through the grapevine that a full Kan Kick & Dudley Perkins album is in the works. ..no rap…all singing…that should be very funky as well as very interesting…keeping fingers crossed!
Following the release of his recent album,T.G.I.F.(Thank God It’s Funky), legendary Lootpack member and SomeothaShip artist Wildchild teams up with California soul superstar Aloe Blacc for “Soldier Story”, a powerful anthem of fatherhood and dedication to his son Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown and to the next generation of young black men.
As well as Aloe Blacc, T.G.I.F.(Thank God It’s Funky) features J-Ro (Alkaholiks), Medusa, Jamie Lidell, Steve Arrington, Chalice and is mainly produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow and DJ Shashu.
To all those out there trying to raise sons…keep your head up and your heart wide.