Admittedly, I don't know much about the Creole dialect besides that it is spoken in New Orleans like Patois is popular in a place like the Caribbean. Still, Creole makes me think of New Orleans Jazz music like Ishmael's "Creole" does too. It's a short song, but this young man outta New York does his thing as the beat goes on. There aren't many things better than the sound of a smooth jazzy boom-bap with resounding lyrics trying to: "shift the mind state of a young man / let 'em know his voice can do more than a [gun] can." Expect a debut project from Ishmael sometime soon.
ps. for an added bonus, check out Ishmael's video for "Birthday."
If you've been following the movement that is Soulection, you've probably heard about Jay Prince before. If you haven't, hopefully you check this out. The British rapper released this EP back in January and it's been in rotation ever since. It's kind of like new wave Golden Era hip-hop in the sense that it's just so smooth. Hopefully that's no discredit to his project because it's a very fresh sound. Think of him as the British Kendrick Lamar or something. Additionally, most of the EP is self-produced with some extra help from IAMNOBODI, Jordan James, and Mozaic.
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Yo, it's 2015---and I've got to say: Jazz Cartier (aka Jacuzzi La Fleur) has gotta be the coolest rapper heading into the new year. La Fleur is one of the most energetic (Set Fire), aggressive (Switch/Downtown), and suave (Count On Me) motherf**kers out in Toronto right now. Like, dude even has a song called "Rose Quartz / Like, Crazy" that's inspired by Toro y Moi's song and Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence's film. The cohesiveness of the song itself is pretty much perfect with the transition between "Rose Quartz" to "Like, Crazy". The only thing that hypes me up even more is the transition in "Switch / The Downtown Cliche." The second half of that song goes. That's the first video up top. The second video is "Count On Me" and that's why I said he's a suave motherfucker (no asterisks this time). And finally, the third video down low is "Set Fire" and it's basically on that "we're the shit" type of vibe. Last thing, I'm pretty sure he has a project coming out soon called "Marauding in Paradise" and he's a part of this crew/collective called Get Home Safe (Derek Wise, Drew Howard+others)... More on all of that later.