Hot Shot: Janelle Monáe ft Erykah Badu

Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. (ft Erykah Badu)
(Janelle Monáe)
Directed by Alan Ferguson
>  The Electric Lady (Bad Boy Records)

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ChesnuTT has landed

44 year old musician Cody “ChesnuTT” Chesnutt from Atlanta, Georgia, is no stranger to those who know what’s happening on the Hip-Hop scene. Chesnutt’s music fuses elements of Hip-Hop, Funk, and Blues, with a touch of Soul. He recently released a second full length album Landing On A Hundred.
After moving to Los Angeles, Chesnutt did some writing and producing for Death Row records and played in his (former) band, The Crosswalk. A first solo effort entitled The Headphone Masterpiece was released in 2002. Though not breaking the charts, the album was critically acclaimed all round. Chesnutt made the album available through his website and subsequently toured with Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, and The Roots to promote his music. The latter reworked track 7 from the album, The Seed, under the title The Seed (2.0), on their album Phrenology that same year, featuring  Chesnutt on guitar and vocals. Chesnutt also appeared in the music documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. In 2010 he released an EP Black Skin No Value. A Live album entitled The Live Release remains unreleased as yet.
His second long player Landing On A Hundred was released in October of this year, garnering rave reviews, and the deserved press attention. A few weeks ago Chesnutt performed some tracks off his latest release on the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. Watch a rooftop acoustic session of the current single That’s Still Mama, and a clip from the phenomenal BBC performance. If you are into (Michael) Kiwanuka or older ChesnuTT work, you will dig these sounds.

Coely brings something new

18 year old Antwerp based Hip Hop star Coely is having the time of her life right now. Having been influenced by Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, Coely brings danceable Rap music M.I.A.-style. Manchester City-player Vincent Kompany and none other than De La Soul have already praised the up-n-coming talent. Ain’t Chasing Pavements, Coely’s debut single is getting extensive airplay in her home country, and views on YouTube of the video are counting. Catch her infectious groove right here.

Re:generated

The first new Doors track of the 21st century may turn out to be an odd combination. The remaining members recorded a new song with popular DJ/producer Skrillex (Sonny Moore). The recording session and its music are part of a new documentary film, RE:GENERATION. The project brings together  five popular DJs/producers to work with artists from five different genres of music. Pretty Lights teamed up with country stars Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley, The Crystal Method worked with Soul sensation Martha Reeves, DJ Premier produced a song for Nas and the Berklee School of Music Orchestra, and members of the Dap Kings got together with Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu and Trombone Shorty on a jazz song. Catch a glimpse of the results in the world premiere of the trailer.

Out of Mind

For the latest video off New Amerykah Pt2 Erykah Badu steps out of the light and into the dark. She performs a contemporary dance routine, dressed merely in a white gown. Given the title, Out my Mind, Just in Time, and the atmosphere the song and its lyrics provoke, the setting fits quite well. Also off the hands of Creative Control, this new vid is not as controversial as the previous Window Seat, but still talk-worthy.