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.