Kokayi “Summery” Ft. Substantial & Tamara WellonsDOWNLOAD
Peace World. The weekend is here, it’s nice outside and it’s only right to have some music to go with all that awesomeness. Check out this track from my Big Bro, Kokayi, which features me and Tamara Wells. If you haven’t picked up his amazing, critically acclaimed album, Robots & Dinosaurs, click the link and make that happen. You won’t be disappointed.
There is no feeling like the first summery day after a long, arduous winter, and Kokayi’s latest single “Summery“, is the anthem for that feeling. The Grammy-nominated Washington D.C. native has been shining brightly as a multi-faceted musician since he debuted in 2007 with Mass Instructions, with side projects ranging from recording tracks for ESPN with Stalley to becoming an in-house producer for QN5 Music. His last album, Robots & Dinosaurs, released late last year, was highly acclaimed across the board, and his video for “RoxTar” recently garnered a mtvU.com Freshman Five win.
Now, as Kokayi preps a remix EP for Robots & Dinosaurs, he’s releasing for the first time a song that had previously online seen release on vinyl, “Summery.” The track starts off with a “WOO!” which is the appropriate reaction to stepping outside on a warm day. “I wanted to try and capture that sunny feeling; I wanted people to pump this as they drove with the big 18’s in the trunk, so the bass knocks,” says Kokayi, citing The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff’s “Summertime” and the general feeling of the coming season as main inspirations for the song. Kokayi also brought on Baltimore MC and fellow QN5 label mate Substantial and soulful songstress Tamara Wellons to complete the funky, carefree production. “Substantial is the homie; his perspective and voice always mesh well with the sonic creations I come up with,” explains Kokayi. “Tamara was a no-brainer. She is a good friend and I love the tone of her voice, it just oozes sunshine.”
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Where: Club Reality
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Where: Club Reality
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Peace World. So over the last few days I’ve had several tributes to Jun sent to my inbox and I’ve decided to post to a few of them here to share with you all if you haven’t seen them already.
1st: Nujabes Medley (Piano Cover) by Nicholas Cheung, who also provided Marcus D with the sheet music of Still Think Different for our emotional Nujabes Tribute Performance. This is a nice mash up of Nick covering various classics by Jun.
2nd: Nujabes Tribute (Illustration) by SasF624 (Youtube UN)
This is a pretty cool video of a B&W charcoal illustration of Jun. Shout out to djChuckDee12 for sending this my way.
And 3rd: Tribute to Nujabes by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze
This is definitely my favorite of the art tributes I’ve come across of Jun. In fact, I was so impressed that I was compelled to contact him to get permission to use it for the Peaceland Event flier. I’m such a fan of his work that he’s also designing the cover art for my 3rd solo album. Stay tuned.
So, I hope you enjoy these awesome tributes and continue to keep Jun’s/Nujabes’ memory alive. Be good and always…
Peace World. So I’ve been waiting anxiously for this to drop since Ace of Gods’Illa let me know last week that this would be the next leak from the upcoming project The CPR Blendtape. Everybody, produced by Joe.D, also features myself, and fellow DMV artist, Kingpen Slim. To sum up how I felt when Ace first let me hear the track and me to jump on the song I’ll simply quote a segment of his verse…
“…I figure I’d get in it, get comfortable, kick my feet up/So I’m up in the studi’ with my feet up on the speaker/Got the gasface like “Joe.D turn the beat up/And open up the window ’cause we got another heater!”
Late last year i was approached by the homie Substantialwho i have been a fan of since hearing his distinctive vocals on some of my favorite Nujabes (R.I.P.) records from the last decade. Stan, who i found out lived further up I-95 in Baltimore asked me to remix a track off he & Marcus D‘s Bop Alloy project- which is DOPE BTW! Naturally, i selected “Tokyo Twilight” which i loved the vibe and definitely felt i could put my “Neosonic” touch on! Shouts to Marcus D for laying the ill outro piano part…
Taken from “Vans OTW Collection” website. Shout out to Abe Spiegel for the footage of Bop Alloy’s performance from February’s “Peaceland” Nujabes Tribute Event.
Earlier this month we showed the the mini trailer for “An Eternal Soul”, the documentary about the life and music of underground hip hop producer Nujabes. The film was screened at SXSW and the director, Abe Spiegel, has allowed us to debut this 15 minute clip from his movie.