Monday, January 16, 2012

Exclusive: Real J. Wallace - 'The J∆hFather of So(u)l Cal'

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." – Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Freeway from Joe Black on Vimeo.

Talk about a strong concept! Real J. Wallace's 'The JahFather of So(u)l Cal' is one of the dopest, most well thought out and executed concepts for an album I've seen/heard in a long time. Watching the video above will explain it all. I'll reiterate that the album was crafted to compliment the 94 West (MLK) Freeway in San Diego. The album plays to match the length of the artist's frequent drives on the freeway to various events in the heart of the city. Brilliant!

Now, that's cool and all but does the music work? Absolutely! As the album title implies, it's a treasure trove of largely unaffected soul samples backing Real J's super sharp Cali swag lyricism. As "Regular Joe" as Real is, there's nothing regular about his rhyme style and delivery. It's intelligent without being pretentious and playful without being lightweight. I had issue with some of the engineer's mixing choices but this is otherwise a great start for the newcomer.

I had a couple of tracks from this project several months ago and hearing the growth from then to now is awesome. Dude is working! So. Cal (and everywhere else) needs to be on alert. The Jahfather of Soul Cal is coming to a speaker near you.

Check the full stream/download below and remember where you heard it first!

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