Black Violin ‘Stereotypes’ (Album Stream)

Here’s the new album from this month you should have in rotation.

Hip hop violin duo Black Violin has released Stereotypes today featuring the likes of Melanie Fiona & Black Thought on the same song, Pharoahe Monch, and Robert Glasper.

I was impressed with Black Violin since first seeing them at SXSW 2013 and diving into the album today reminded me why. They fuse not only hip hop but R&B, soul, and jazz in their predominant violin sound. And I just love strings to begin with.

Of the big-name collabs, I enjoyed the Robert Glasper and Kandace Springs “Stay Clear” the most. The latter can really sing and the fusion there in general is perfect. I also believe the strongest stretch of the album starts with that song through “Runnin” — an early favorite for my go-to track of Stereotypes. The balance overall between vocals and the time the instrumentals shine is perfect, and steers towards the duo’s side and strengths. Listen to it all above: a great blend from beginning to end.

*Tibs Fav.