Monday, June 18, 2012

Real Jay - 'RAELBLZ'

Real Jay is someone you want to know. Not only in the "He's on this blog so know his music" sense but also the "I went shopping with him 2 days ago" sense. Dude is just cool like the cousin that would come to visit sometimes during the summer, when you were a kid, and you'd hate it when he/she left. That coolness is the first thing that cuts through in his music. Listeners are immediately engaged by his tone, delivery and wit.

The self-proclaimed Jahfather of Soul is back with a new release titled 'RAELBLZ'. Don't bother asking me what that means because I have no idea. It sounds good though, and I'm cool with that. Whatever it means, it (the project) sounds amazing! (Though I do assume it means Real x Blu ... the producer) 'RAELBLZ' is another carefully crafted body of work with soulful lo-fi sounds draped with dope wordplay and stories. Topics that range from social commentary to lesbianism. It's all perfectly marked by Jay's ability to give you straight talk and then punctuate it with a bit of humor. He's a truly skilled MC.

Real Jay and Blu laced this project from start to finish. He takes the listener through a range of emotions and landscapes that leaves one clicking on the loop album icon. It's signature San Diego underground but distinctly Real Jay. It reminds me of the old Invisibl Skratch Piklz videos I used to watch as a teenager. I get images of a small dark club full of broken Heineken bottles and graffiti and 300 heads nodding to the beat.

This is definitely one to throw in the mp3 player ASAP. Free stream below but cash and carry for the download.

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