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.
It’s the end of an era with Def Jam and the beginning of something new for Alsina – freedom. Finally “free“, Alsina now debuts as an independent artist in the all-new single “Like You Love Me“, making major steam with a sultry music video to suit, while proving he’s all set to Shake the World – the name of his very own record label.
If you vibe to alternative R&B, feeling the sounds of Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, Jacquees, and Jeremih, to name a few, then your ears are yet to experience the pure passion and poise that Alsina delivers – one well-oiled single at a time.
Whether or not Alsina releases his next album anytime soon, one thing’s certain – “Like You Love Me” is sure to affix to your love-making playlist.
Aiming for your nugget everytime, Strange Music artist Joey Cool is an emcee with effortless flows that transcends his moniker each time he touches the microphone.
KCMO’s Rap King Delivers w/ “Joey Cool” LP
A staple in the Kansas City hip-hop scene, Joey’s new self-titled release is bound to hit massively in the Midwest. We’re here to ensure that the our audience is dully noted as well. Understand up front that the “Joey Cool” LP is densely dope. Showcasing pure versatility and promise, Joey Cool heats up verse after verse with a variety of topics.
“Joey Cool” Album Review
“Under Pressure” featuring Suli4Qdelivers a mid-tempo, jazzy vibe blending Joey’s laid back approach with a crisp, energetic cadence. Suli4Q’s hook sits perfectly in the pocket amidst the horns and percussion laced within the production that he also birthed. The “Young Swanky Frank Sinatra” aka Joey Cool knows this one will be a fan favorite. As many artists face pressure from both internal and external sources, being able to maintain balance and emerge victorious is essential. This is a life lesson.
On “Hard“, both instrumentation and Joey’s craft are nearly polar opposites of the aforementioned “Under Pressure“. The Bay Area wave produced by Burna features fellow DIBKIS affiliate JL. He and Joey Cool weave throughout this hot new record with bodacious bars and relentless energy. Many of my West Coast homies will adore this joint. Chemistry between both Joey Cool and JL are evident as this track serves for a good change of tempo on the self-titled new “Joey Cool” LP.
“Stranger Things” finds Joey Cool touching topics touching like Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Puerto Rico’s recent disaster, war, healthcare, police brutality, the standoff in Standing Rock and more. With lyrics stapled to a mid-tempo, eerie and abstract beat, Joey Cool takes time to connect to listeners with his most meaningful offering being found here. Despite the lives lost to Police, despite the conflict of interests found in for-profit healthcare, despite the hate that Donald Trump exudes throughout the world, Stranger Things have happened – or not..
I’d love to hear Joey Cool on a track with Royce Da 5’9. Their lyrical energy and Midwest styles would compliment each other well. Joey Cool claims that he’s on the pursuit to make America great again [….I’ll just stay on topic here…], his new self titled album “Joey Cool” surely sounds outstanding. It’s pretty refreshing to hear music not drowned with auto tune. “Joey Cool” sticks true to being a mostly lighthearted collection of quality music from Strange Music’s new rap artist. Storytelling and meaningful messages are delivered on “Family”, and “Stranger Things”. The production from each track works together well. Songs like “I’m The Plug” and “Under Pressure” both add tons of flavor. Joey’s beat selection is naturally fitting for the purposed aesthetic. I’d replay this project without much hesitation and I highly suggest that you do the same! Keep the trill shit alive and spin the complete album below via Spotify.