July 29th, Jean Grae was the musical guest on Comedy Central’s “Why with Hannibal Buress“. She performed “Before The Summer Broke” live in front of the studio audience, backed by DJ Flying Lotus, along Ndidi O & Terrace Martin! The show also featured a segment where Buress asked people in Beverly Hills if they knew who Drake and Meek Mill were. Hilarity ensues.
Our favorite friendly neighborhood superhero Jean Grae is usually known for blazing lyrics or satirical, humorous videos, but this time she gets serious at MADIBA restaurant on Dekalb Ave in Ft Greene/Clinton Hill, talking about her background, her parents and the importance of learning from South Africa’s struggles and Nelson Mandela’s legacy and message. Don’t know what I’m talking about? “Go online, Google it,” as Jean tells us. Happy 95th Mandela! Can’t wait for more music from Jean Grae, who is looking “Pretty In Ink“, to quote my man PH, in the video.
Connect with Jean Grae at jeangrae.com
Look, we all knowÂ Jean GraeÂ raps (I mean likeÂ really,Â rapittyÂ rap,Â she’s f*ckin’ lyrical), but … this is not about that.Â You might not know thatÂ Jean can really sing, it’s all her singing on this project, but … it’s not really about that either.
Well then, how to explain? … I’ll just take Jean’s own words off of Facebook:
Jean Grae gifts us on Christmas again this year. Jamming all the fuckery into a tiny project, like she’s got her hand up a chickens butt.Â You know the routine. Some of your favorite songs get a once over and a reach around.Â It’s “Ho X 3″. There’s kids, rohypnol and a bass solo from Jerome.
GODDAMN Jean Grae is dope! One of the best MC’s I know AND an amazing producer ta boot, awhile back under the pseudonym RunRun Shaw Ms.Grae was really into her production but in recent years she has kinda step away from it…with this self produced track lets hope she’s also back on the beats.
Here is an excerpt of her interview with MTVhive:
You produced the song yourself. What sort of vibe were you going for?
Something eerie [and] sparse that allowed for a lot of room for wordplay; a lot of room to breathe on the track. I look at beats like a canvas: Sometimes you want a lush, full landscaped background, other times it deserves to be something more minimalistic. I wanted to paint on a minimal canvas.
The EOW (End Of the Weak) and Battle rap beast Iron Solomon dropped his Debut album today with Appearances By Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Jean Grae, Novel, DMC of Run DMC, Cassidy & More. Peep the video for the 1st song on the album below and pick up the album on iTunes. Iron Solomon is a muthaf@k!n’ MONSTER!