While he’s no stranger to the game, Atlanta-raised artist ELHAE seems to slip under the radar from time-to-time.
Now, Atlantic Records‘ pride and joy returns with a low-key R&B gem Troublein Paradise, which sees an unsurpassed blend of rap, soul and gospel, all while taking a turn from the dejected ELHAE you thought you once knew following his breakthrough single “Needs” in 2016.
Born Jamaal Jones, ELHAE is doubtlessly, an upcoming talent you need to watch, resonating the likes of Yotrane, Eric Bellinger and Arin Ray, to name a few, though hard-hitting with his unique spin on the genre; revealing a personal sound just as sultry as it is stark.
Trouble in Paradise, the more upbeat and fresh successive chapter to Aura II (2017), not only sees ELHAE set the mood with his amorous vocals and deep-diving lyrics, but also takes us through both the perils and joys of having an on-and-off relationship (“Hennessy“), finding faith (“Help Me Believe“), giving praise (“Sanctuary“) and all else in-between.
If you’ve been looking for artists to add to your late night drive playlist for when you’re cruising close to midnight with the windows rolled down, the speakers turned up and it’s just you, your deep thoughts and the music – well, ELHAE is sure to top the list.
The alternative R&B album features Wale, Big K.R.I.T., O.T. Genasis, and Sevyn Streeter.
As far as spitters go, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.Thold it down for the south. They do especially well together as you may recall from K.R.I.T’s “Moon and Stars (Remix)” or Wiz Khalifa’s “Glass House”. So, you can only imagine what we’ll get from a complete collaborative project from the two.
As a matter of fact, if the two artists stick to their word, we won’t have to settle for imagining it. We’ll actually get the chance to smoke out in our Lacs and Chevys to their project dedicated to just that.
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As of right now, Lacs N Chevys has no release date, but with Curren$y dropping at least one project a month for the past 12 months (2 in April 2016 – Revolver and Bourbon Street Secrets) we may be able to expect it as soon as February. On the other hand, Big K.R.I.T is typically more selective about when, how, and how often he drops his music. Nonetheless, both have an insane work ethic and the ability to quickly produce quality music. With all things considered, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but likely not for long.
Despite threatening to exit the rap game last year, Lupe Fiasco’s 6th studio album, DROGAS Light, is set to be released on February 10th by his label, 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers. With this project being the label’s first release, Lupe surely intends on shaking up the industry – something we can speculate simply by looking at the track list he released back in December. Now “Tranquilo”, a certified banger featuring Ricky Rozay and Young Krizzle, has been dropped to hold us over for the album.
As Fiasco fans know, we can always expect to be hit with some real lyrical content – especially when he’s preparing for an album. “Tranquilo” is no different as the three spitters painted a vivid picture of their visions of more peaceful days. Some of those peaceful days already exist in the artists’ memories while others, such as being able to fearlessly be Black in a hoodie, are still a dream. Nonetheless, this track is one to bump on the morning drive as Lupe uses the hook to serenade you over the hypnotic Floss & Flame production.