Bay Area legend E-40 is responsible for some of the most outlandish music in hip-hop history. Connected and Respected, a new album created with his cousin B-Legit, is worthy of his legacy. The project’s funk is so elastic that the gangster theme on tracks including “Meet the Dealers” and “Boy” seem like harmless fun. E-40’s hyperbolic flow and the gruff raps of B-Legit act as a relentless lyrical tag team on the compelling glorification of nefarious street life.
I write weekly concert previews for The Kansas City Star.
The Kansas City Jazz Calendar continues to evolve.
Randy Scruggs has died.
Lakecia Benjamin’s Rise Up is so gratifying that I don’t even object to the rendition of the Babyface/Eric Clapton hit “Change the World.” A invigorating blend of smooth jazz, gospel, soul-jazz, hip-hop and R&B, Rise Up is my idea of a good time.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)