The Audible Doctor has produced records for 50 Cent, Smoke DZA, Joell Ortiz (Slaughterhouse), Consequence & John Legend, Onyx, Astro, Fredro Starr, Bumpy Knuckles, Sadat X & A.G., EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Stricklin), REKS, Tragedy Khadafi, Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest), Neek The Exotic, Homeboy Sandman, Blacastan, J-Live & many more. This CD (produced entirely by The Audible Doctor) features Astro, Hassaan Mackey, Consequence, Bumpy Knuckles, Guilty Simpson & John Robinson and included the instrumentals (exclusively available on the CD).
Can you move the crowd? You either can, or you can’t… No gimmicks, no glamour and no glitz, no kickstarters--just “Shut Up And Rap”! That’s exactly what Termanology is doing on his upcoming new album; letting his music do the talking. A lot has changed since Term initially cut his teeth with several highly acclaimed 12" singles and a debut album, Politics As Usual (2008), that included a Mt. Rushmore like array of producers (DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Havoc, Alchemist, Hi-Tek, Buckwild & Nottz) which garnered tons of praise landing him in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" and XXL's "Show and Prove" columns. Since, he has released a collaborative effort with M.O.P.’s Lil Fame (Fizzyology) and two-projects under the moniker 1982 with his brother from another mother Statik Selektah. Term has been included on BET and MTV, and spent a ton of time in 2014 touring, promoting the albums 'GOYA' and 'MAS GOYA', in over twenty European countries on the Rap Mayhem Tour which featured Step Brothers Madchild, and DJ Revolution, and recent dates in Japan with DJ Tony Touch. However, the one constant throughout has always been Term’s ability to spit. Shut Up And Rap boasts sixteen-tracks and features guest appearances from the legendary INS Deck, M.O.P.’s Lil Fame, Skyzoo, Torae, Slaine, Willie The Kid, DJ Doo Wop and REKS. Billy Loman supplies the majority of the soundscape for Shut Up And Rap, but Term continues to show his diversity and flexes his production muscle for one track and Alchemist and Statik Selektah join forces to co-produce the super-banger “El Wave.” Term says: "A big part of this album is breaking new talent... a lot of times in the past I was focused on getting the biggest names on my albums, but this one was less about status and more about dudes who can just plain spit, regardless of their fame..."
Classic Boom Bap sound with great lyrical emcees
Includes 6 bonus remixes available for the first time in physical form. Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from SUNY Purchase’s Music Conservatory, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid. A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP. Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Everything Is Everything" captures the carefree nature of young summers in stark contrast to the inevitable maturity and subservience to life's rat race in "Keep On Running". Those thick grooves give way to slinky, bittersweet ballads and psychotropic-addled burners in "Naeja" and "Me Alone", the latter decorated with tongue-in-cheek lyricism. The CD edition features new artwork and includes remixes by Lord Raja (Ghostly), Archie Pelago, Brendon Moeller (Prologue), Baebro, Gut Nose, Patrick Russell (Interdimensional Transmissions).
The 5th volume in the HIT+RUN Presents "ROAD KILL" compilation series. "ROAD KILL Vol. 5" contains 27 exclusive & unreleased songs from the HIT+RUN global family representing musicians and producers from Los Angeles, New York, London, San Diego, Long Beach, Chicago, Adelaide & Tucson including the IZWID, BLACK JUNGLE SQUAD, ONE HANDED MUSIC, BRAINFEEDER, A1R, NINJA TUNE, DRUMETRICS, BUTTER MADE, ALPHA PUP, MY HOLLOW DRUM, 92 POINTS, MACHINA MUERTE, LEAVING RECORDS, FACES and CREV LABS Crews. Available on a limited-edition slimline digipak CD.
Warner Bros. Records has signed a global recording contract with legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. The group's first release on the label will be the highly-anticipated 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which will be available December 2nd. This will be the 1st release from the legendary group in 7 years.
The Deluxe Edition of Fear of a Black Planet includes the original album, produced by the Bomb Squad and featuring the hit singles, 'Fight the Power,' 'Welcome to the Terrordome' and Flavor Flav's '911 Is a Joke.' The second disc includes 18 rare bonus mixes, among them, the almost 10 minute-long 'Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley),' three separate remixes of 'Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man!;' an uncensored and extended version of 'Anti-Ni***r Machine'; instrumental takes on '911 Is a Joke,' 'Power to the People,' 'Revolutionary Generation' and 'War at 33 1/3,' in addition to three separate mixes of 'Fight the Power,' including the 'Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee' take, featuring Branford Marsalis on sax. Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' and was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, 'Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.'
2014 2CD/DVD Deluxe edition reissue which includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin, & produced by Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D.), better known as the Bomb Squad. It features the classic tracks, "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," "Louder Than a Bomb" and "Rebel Without a Pause." The second disc includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original "No Noise" version of "Bring the Noise," instrumental versions of "Rebel Without a Pause," "Night of the Living Baseheads" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," as well as the soundtrack version of "Fight the Power" from Spike Lee's groundbreaking Do the Right Thing movie. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power.. Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. It includes the original videos for "Fight the Power," "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" and "Night of the Living Baseheads" along with several live performances.
After teaming up with The Other Guys on their hit summer single “Blow My Mind”, Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan) enlists the DMV duo to produce his latest solo album, To:You. Laced with the soulful, smooth production of The Other Guys, To:You is a gift from Von Pea to... you. Speaking directly to the fans, Von’s raps are some of his best in recent Tanya Morgan history. Features on the album include Substantial, Kooley High, and the whole Lessondary crew on the posse cut “Connect Four aka Lessondary >>>”.
J-Live’s 10th release and 6th full length album, “Around The Sun” marks yet another growth spurt for the indie hip hop veteran. Around The Sun features a smooth yet gritty OG boom bap New York sound. It’s a cohesive work of art, but still an eclectic listen with a wide range of production by Oddisee, Korede, DJ Spinna, DJ Numark of Jurassic 5, The Audible Doctor, Illastrate and J-Live. “Around the Sun also features Homeboy Sandman, Tanya Morgan, Boog Brown, Ekundayo and Rome Supreme.
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When it comes to making great music, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Today’s 140-character absorbed music lover may not be used to the experience of sitting through an entire album, but that is about to change. The first full-length collaboration from Royce Da 5’9” and DJ Premier will be celebrated for its true Hip-Hop makeup and its overall purpose. This is one of the reasons they started making music in the first place, and this is why they formed the group PRhyme. Individually, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9” have long been established in hip-hop culture. PRhyme is the first full-length record from the duo and is comprised of nine tracks featuring the likes of today’s most prolific artists in the industry, including Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Dwele. Sprinkled with classic hip-hop elements, the album is refreshingly contemporary, featuring the slick spitting of Royce Da 5’9 and vivid cuts and scratched hooks that have long been DJ Premier’s calling card. With the entire album composed of samples courtesy of psychedelic soul composer and producer Adrian Younge (Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah), the record stands apart, sounding like nothing else in the hip hop market today. With PRhyme, Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier raise the bar and present an unprecedented work of art, reminding listeners what hip-hop is supposed to sound like.
Two of the biggest pillars in the Detroit Hip-Hop community have come together to bring out a brand new LP for lovers of the culture across the world! DJ Butter & The World Famous DJ Dez Andres have released their joint album entitled “A Piece Of The Action” featuring guest appearances from artist such as Kool G. Rap, Elzhi, Pacewon, Guilty Simpson, Kurupt, Hell Rell, Phat Kat, Kokane, Boldy James, Fuzz Scoota, BO$$, Big Rube, Street Lord Juan, Syruz Grizm & Lady Syruz, Mu, Dogmatic, Wesley Valentine, Big Tone, Seven The General, Loe Louis, VStylez, Supa Emcee, Strike & Journalist 103 (Mountain Climbaz), KonPhlict over Dj Butter & Dj Dez productions.
Party Supplies are a one-of-a-kind New York duo. They mash Stratocaster riffs over vaporized drum machine beats to write love songs you’d think were beamed straight from classic rock radio, then lend that same denim jacket soulfulness to collaborations with Action Bronson, Danny Brown and other new school rap heroes. On their debut album Tough Love, PS showcased their knack for postmodern pop songcraft under a haze of lo-fi samples and distortion, but these new remixes go full 1080p HD courtesy of club masters The Knocks and Lazerdisk. “Going Back To New York” gets the fist-pump treatment it deserves, while “Beautiful Girl” is reinvented as a poolside nu-disco stomper. Turn up the hi-fi and zone out...
The first installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group – to be followed by compilations of the Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. It marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. One-derful! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie orchestrated soul classics from McKinley Mitchell and Betty Everett, raucous mid-1960s R&B dancers from the Five Du-Tones which shake every bone, superb deep soul ballads from Otis Clay, and extraordinary group harmony sides from The Sharpees and The Admirations, plus 12 tracks that have never been issued! Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+ 45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring, and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard recordings and history.
Ras Kass is a producer’s wet-dream & a rapper’s worst nightmare! He’s worked with the greats: Dr Dre to DJ Premier, The RZA to Kanye West; from Apollo Brown to Jack Splash! Born in Watts, CA on September 26 as John R. Austin IV. In 1996 he had twin sons (Ras and Taj) with R&B and soul singer-songwriter Teedra Moses. BMF Entertainment artist Barima “Bleu DaVinci” McKnight is his cousin. Ras Kass sent waves through the hip-hop world with his debut independent single release “Remain Anonymous,” earning him a Hip-Hop Quotable in The Source Magazine. Before his signing with Priority/EMI Records, his first album, Soul on Ice, was released in 1996. Taking its name from a book by Eldridge Cleaver, Ras addressed racial relations in the same manner, most notably on the Diamond D produced “Soul On Ice” remix, and “Nature of the Threat.” The album was released on Priority Records, as was the follow-up, Rasassination. Most recently, Barmageddon 2.0, which was just released and includes features from Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chains, YukMouth, Bishop Lamont, Ice T, Too Short, and Talib Kweli.
The Red Gold & Green Machine are a North American hip-hop group with a sound that skips effortlessly between genres and appeals to lovers of all styles! Its core members are Canadian songstress and MC Tonye “Magic T” Aganaba and Los Angeles lyrical legend, dr.Oop of the bLackloveR88rs, as well as unofficial third member/ collaborator – MC Nucleus. The trio met and subsequently formed RG&GM in the summer of 2010 after meeting at Shambhala Musical Festival. What transpired on that fateful day sparked a journey, both literally and figuratively as they crossed borders to meet, create and hone their long-awaited debut album Planet Africa. The chemistry between The Red Gold & Green Machine is undeniable with their unique style building upon foundations laid by The Fugees and Black Eyed Peas. As solo artists, Magic T and dr.Oop have found their own success, but by joining forces, they have stepped on to another plane and harnessed a profound creative energy that is reflected in their sophomore release. Their combination of dulcet tones and velvet vocals with crisp flows, conscious content and witty lyricism equals the future of roots and culture. In short, The Red Gold & Green Machine is the new black!
With two full-length albums already under their belts that garnered them buzz in the underground (""Lasting Impressions"" & ""The Revisited""), New Jersey originated emcee uMaNg, reunites with Swedish producer B.B.Z. Darney (""The Boom Bappin' Zombie""), to complete their trilogy of albums with their label debut on Ill Adrenaline Records entitled, "The Black Rose Certificate." Shortly after inking a deal with the label, the next eight months would find uMaNg & B.B.Z. embarking on a musical journey that would result in their most personal & brutally honest record to date. The title ""The Black Rose Certificate"", while a representation of many a symbolism, reflects the duo's state of mind, the hand they've been dealt as typecasts in society. Since being impossible to produce a ""black rose"" also stands for purest devotion. A kind of devotion that uMaNg & B.B.Z. put forth in their respected crafts. Over the course of 14 tracks, the duo sonically stick to their traditional ""boom-bap"" roots, whilst also bringing sounds that range from ""darker"" to ""aggressive"", to even more ""melancholic"". The production B.B.Z. Darney showcases is heavier, more conceptual than previous releases. uMaNg has been notable throughout his career for being a clever & witty, punchline heavy emcee. While staying true to his stylings on the mic, he gets deeper & more transparent than past albums have suggested. For every braggadocious track, there is another where the Jersey emcee bares his soul through the pen, opening up about past discretions, family HIStory, amongst other topics on the emcee's mind. Also unlike ""Lasting Impressions"" & ""The Revisited"", that found the duo being the lone contributors to their works alongside the legendary DJ Grazzhoppa, they now bring along with them close collaborators as well as in-label artists. The album features tracks from the likes of Brick City veteran and close Artifacts affiliate Beneficence, Purpose of the Tragic Allies camp, close friends HexOne & Tek-nition of the critically acclaimed duo Epidemic, and Hashfinger to lend their talents and further enhance the album's disposition."
Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks come together to bring you Dawn, an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat. Dawn takes some cues from the burgeoning soul revival, but it’s a far looser interpretation than many releases in the style. This is no attempt at reviving a bygone era. There’s no horn section. There’s more rock in there. There’s more country in there. There’s more, in Emma’s words, “blackfella music” in there. The songwriting is more akin to classic Aboriginal bands like Coloured Stone than it is to Sharon Jones. The sentiment is personal, for both Emma and the band, and forward looking, rather than revivalist. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but all different. Dawn is it’s own thing, indigenous Australian soul. From the ferocious opening salvo of “Black Woman” to the sweet and gentle comedown of Over Under Away, Dawn is above all a journey through Emma’s life written in song.
An interplanetary space/love odyssey featuring Melvin Van Peebles (Brer Soul, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song). Following Heliocentrics' Out There and 13 Degrees of Reality albums. 2 CD – Instrumentals included on bonus second disc. Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and the trilogy of Brer Soul albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. The Last Transmission comes nearly ten years after Van Peebles' appearance as the third member of Quasimoto on Stones Throw Records' 2005 release The Further Adventure of Lord Quas. For the Heliocentrics, The Last Transmission represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and 13 Degrees of Reality in 2013. Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics' ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe's knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra's interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia's spiritual expanse. The Last Transmission, presented as a vocal album and an expanded instrumental selection on a bonus disc, can be taken as both the band's interpretation of Van Peebles' poem and a musical voyage inspired by Van Peebles' vivid imagery. The band considers it their defining work, the result of more than a decade of playing and recording together. They've found a voice as a band, one that meshes with Van Peebles,' as he weaves an intergalactic "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In between producer/drummer Malcolm Catto's thunderous syncopation and producer/bassist Jake Ferguson's bellowing bass lines, amidst the analog electronics and atmospheric interference naturally accorded by their organic analogue process, Van Peebles' voice floats in and out, spectral in its tone, complete in its conviction in the unfathomable sense that life's eruption in the cosmic expanse made, and in love's ability to transform and transcend death.
10 years ago, Truth & Soul released it's first full length record, Sounding Out The City. It was also Leon Michels' first full length record under the moniker El Michels Affair. At the time, the budding retro soul scene consisted of mostly organ quartets a la The Meters and of course, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings were in the early days of their ascent to world domination. Leon Michels, who was 18 when recording Sounding Out The City began, had just released Thunder Chicken, the first record by his high school band The Mighty Imperials. At the time of SOTC, Michels was just discovering early rocksteady, afrobeat, and 60's garage rock, which inevitably crept its way into the songwriting. He purchased a Tascam 388, an 80's 1/4" reel to reel 8 track intended for home recordings, and began recording music in a 10x10 box with no windows that also doubled as his childhood bedroom. Along with fellow Mighty Imperials Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and Sean Solomon, and Michael Leonhart, Thomas Brenneck, and some of the musicians from The Dap Kings, Michels recorded the LP over a two-year period. Upon it's release, it received some rave reviews and the small deep funk community ate it up, but due to the lackluster promotion and distribution the rest of the world was slow to catch on to the instrumental gems featured on SOTC, which Michels appropriately labeled as "cinematic soul". However, in 2005 it found its way into the hands of the people who were organizing a series of concerts for Scion that paired bands with MC's. El Michels Affair was contacted about playing one show with Raekwon The Chef of Wu Tang Clan fame. The show was such a success it led to a tour, and then to another set of concerts that featured multiple members of the Wu-Tang Clan. This eventually led to the release of El Michels Affair's second record, "Enter the 37th Chamber" which introduced them to a much larger audience and has been their most successful release to date. This deluxe reissue features the original Sounding Out The City album remastered as well as some alternate remixes and previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same period as SOTC on the second disc Loose Change. Michels has since gone on to produce and co-produce many of the Truth & Soul releases including the new Lee Fields record, Emma Jean. He shares songwriting credits with Adele, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and has played on records by Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys and Dr. John. Loose Change is a glimpse into the early, early days of El Michels Affair.
After 3 years in remission, Hail Mary Mallon has returned, iller than ever. Comprised of two of the most verbose MC's in Hip-Hop today– Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic– Hail Mary Mallon prepares to unleash their second full-length release, Bestiary. Individually, these two lyricists are well known for wordy expressions eliciting oft-despondent themes. Together, however, they appear to push one another to the limits of humorously witty wordplay, while simultaneously crafting complex rhyme patterns. The very title of the album, Bestiary, was inspired by the fact that they both went into beast mode, here. The group's hunger comes across in more than just the lyrics, though. With both Aesop & Rob sharing production duties, the album is laden with hypnotic beats ranging from dense & murky to melodic & twisting, all complemented by the cutting precision of turntablist DJ Big Wiz. As if all that wasn't enough, there's the artwork– a masterpiece taxidermy gallery of outlandish beasts, conceived and illustrated by the talented Coro. For a limited time, this album artwork will be available with 3 different covers to choose from, each depicting a different beast head, on CD and picture-disc vinyl.
Music is an exchange of ideas. This album is something for those exhausted with the shuck and jive of pop culture, who believe in the purification rituals offered by hard snares, funky drum kicks, soul-coughing bass, and deeply rooted vibrations. Steadfastly infusing their songs with spirituality and positivity, yU and Slimkat are everymen with preternatural talent. Over the years, they’ve tirelessly built a rep in the DMV, collaborating on yU’s The Earn and Before Taxes, which OkayPlayer called “one of the best hip-hop albums released in the last few years.” In 2009, yU released In the Ruff as the philosophical heart of super-group Diamond District, a record hailed by MTV as “arguably the best hip-hop ever released in D.C.” Slimkat supplies the beats that make the blood rush to your head. Named one of the best producers of 2010 by KevinNottingham.com, he’s dished countless production dimes to the likes of Muhsinah, Eric Roberson, Diamond District, and more. The People of Today is a seamless and head-spinning record. It’s hard-boiled beats and raps laced with wisdom and virtue. The sort of record that you can sit with today and tomorrow, and any time you need to be reminded that we’re all in this together.
Theme Music LP is the soundtrack to a street guy from the neighborhood named AF. In the early 1980’s, AF was well known for hustling, women and having local enemies. The music J. Rocc and MED provide on Theme Music sonically captures the emotions and attitude of AF. reflected dealing with the ups and downs of the streets. Based on a true story.
Moniquea's Yes No Maybe is an album that is steeped in the synthesizer-heavy aesthetics of 1980's R&B funk (often referred to as "boogie") but is modern enough to move past the "retro" label into something that builds a fresh sound upon the blueprints created by seminal 80's acts such as Prince, Midnight Star, or Evelyn "Champagne" King. It is Moniquea's vision to set herself apart by "bringing back" a more standardized song structure to the burgeoning modern funk genre, an ideal which can be considered a commodity in what has largely branded itself as an avant-garde musical movement. Yes No Maybe's production, provided by XL Middleton & Eddy Funkster, is the springboard for the main focus of the album, Moniquea's vocals, delivered in a sassy, yet silky tone which shows that she has done her homework in studying her predecessors, while turning it into something modern, and uniquely her own.