JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE!
In these days of high traffic downloading and music purchasing, it's very easy to overlook quality searching for quantity. Don't worry about it though, because your boy SoundNexx has you covered like a cheap bathroom rug. I mean that too! Today, I want to shine a little light on three albums that you may have overlooked that I have thoroughly enjoyed personally. That doesn't mean that you will enjoy them as much as I do, but you should still hear them atleast. First up is the musical sensation Emily King and her new joint is called "East Side Story." Her style of music is unique, so I can't really compare her sound to anyone elses. I will say this though, if you like artists like Natalie Williams and Ciara Hill then Emily King may be to your liking? The subject matter on Emily's album is very diverse, and it seems to center around who she is as a person for the most part. Call it her official introduction. She's obviously gone through a lot of personal issues growing up, and she has found a way to paint a musical collage to effectively share her story. Don't get it twisted though, because Emily is a true b-girl at heart, so she has a few joints that definitely have a old school hip-hop feel to them. Truthfully, I look at Ms. King as the whole package as an entertainer and maybe you will too. So, if you haven't heard Emily's album yet you should seriously think about giving it a listen. If Emily's not your bag of chips, then maybe this next kat is?
Next up is one of my favorite and most consistant soul artists in the game today, and his name is Rahsaan Patterson. Why this dude isn't more popular than what he is has me boggled. His music is always genuine and refreshing, and he seems to get better with each of his releases. I am a big fan of this kat, and I have mentioned his name on here several times in the past, so here it is again. Recently, Mr. Patterson released his fourth album entitled "Wines and Spirits" and this joint has been getting plenty of spins every since I got my hands on it! Rahsaan's music always seems to be uplifting, which makes the listening experience fun. Personally, I hate albums that just stay in depress and distress mode like *cough* Keisha Cole's joint *cough* *burp* *sneeze*...but that's just me though! If I want to feel distressed and depressed, all I have to do is turn on the evening news. Anyway, Rahsaan has a few spiritual (not gospel) tracks on this album as well, so it's a nice balance of soul all the way around. Since, this album got absolutely no publicity (other than a couple quality music sites around the web) I felt it was necessary to give it some myself. I realize that most of the regular SoundNexx visitors enjoy the more obscure and diverse artists, so here's another one to get familiar with if you haven't already.
Last on my list is the kat with the biggest afro in the game right now Kevin Michael. I did a Sound Spot segment on this guy back in July after hearing his "Kevin Michael's Yadig?" EP. I was thoroughly impressed by that project, so I was pretty eager to hear his upcoming self-titled album as well. Good news, the new album was finally released on October 2nd. Now, I was diggin' the EP for sure, but this album is even better! Honestly, I let this joint play from beginning to end without skipping one track, which is really rare for me. Now, I did go back and repeat a few tracks several times though. One of my favorite Kevin Michael tracks is the accoustic version of "Vicki's Secret" and it's definitely dope, but the original version is bananas! The album has a carefree feel to it, which is very refreshing. He has a few guest appearances on the album like Q-Tip, Lupe Fiasco and Wyclef, but other than that it's all Kevin, which is great! I hate albums with too many featured guests on it, because normally the actual artist gets smothered or out performed by the guests. This is definitely an impressive debut from Mr. Michael, and I hope that it gets the attention it deserves. You damn sure need to hear this one, and the other two joints I mentioned above as well!
Now, the choice is yours. You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...