MP3 Clever Jeff - Street Therapy
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14 MP3 Songs
HIP HOP/RAP: Rap, HIP HOP/RAP: East Coast
CLEVER JEFF'S "STREET THERAPY " MOVES THE FEET, SOOTHES THE SOUL, and INSPIRES THE MIND
Celebrating his tenth year in hip hop, the multi-talented and musically-diverse Bay Area artist Clever Jeff, infamous for creating hip hop's 'jazz-hop-soul' sub-genre when he began his career a decade ago, continues to be one of hip hop's most consistently relevant voices, ever pushing the envelope. His brand new, instantly engaging, fourteen track CD, "Street Therapy" (Fatius Walker), is one of those rare rap albums that is not just banging musically but also lyrically." As always Clever Jeff has a lot to say on the state of the world and this he does in a way that will appeal to music fans from all backgrounds. The richly diverse "Street Therapy" boasts songs like the title track which has a KBLX sound while "I'm Not A Gangsta" (the new album's lead single) is more of a KMEL track. "Music should be like life - different moods and vibes," said the Oakland based emcee/singer/musician/producer who doesn't want to just put out albums. "With the Street Therapy project I am trying to soothe the souls of the people and open some minds to the truth," said Jeff.
"It is sending a message and the fact he has such a rhythmatic and melodic tune to it makes it captivating," offered Executive Producer Mike Steadman. "And we are getting back to a point in music where it has to be saying something." Positive, powerful songs like "I'm Not A Gangsta" and "First Black President" offer that very type of optimism. "I come from the town where the panthers put it down. But now we look around. There ain't none to be found" raps Jeff in "First Black President" referring to his hometown whose murder rate has spiralled way out of control in recent years. "I feel that pain. We all feel that pain with the murders out here," said Jeff. "Maybe this song will make one person go out there and do something positive. There ain't no representation like before with the Panthers. We need that type of community again."
"...Sorta like Farrakhan, Let me explain, My spirit is free/The media don't control me, I say what I see" - raps Jeff on "I'm Not A Gangsta." Other standout tracks the title track "Street Therapy," "Dope Music," "Filmo Slim," "Stay Fly," "Motivated If You Don't Mind," and "Can't Tell Ya What Cha Do." The album is produced entirely by the multi talented Clever Jeff who also plays all the instruments (including bass, keyboards, and guitar). Jeff also does background vocals under his Lloyd Jones alias. Guests who contribute include Greg "G-Money" Bell on vocals and Angelo Luster on saxaphone. "Bass-line driven, old-school funk" - is Jeff's description of "Street Therapy."
As a child Clever Jeff grew up in a household rich with music listening to a steady diet of Roy Ayers, Ohio Players and George Clinton. His mother was a singer. His uncles were musicians. At age ten Jeff was joining in and playing in the jam sessions they would have in the family living room. In college he got distracted from music by basketball but soon came back to his first love: music. In 1993 he caught the attention of Quincy Jones who signed him to his Reprise/Warner Brothers imprint, Qwest Records. 1994's "Jazz Hop Soul" on Qwest/Reprise spawned several regional hits and much critical acclaim. Jeff followed up the album with "God Quality" on OM in 1997. In 2000 he further expanded his sound and under the R&B moniker Lloyd Jones recorded an album of more mature, soul leaning, songs on his own indie label, utilizing the then new MP3 route of successfully distributing his music.
In 2001 he teamed up with Superstar Quamallah to form Two Man Band and recorded an album. One of the tracks, "North Pole" also appeared on "Just Payin The Rent: Amoeba Music Compilation." 2004's "Street Therapy" marks another giant step for this Bay Area talent who continues to think outside the rap box.
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