Under the pleading of Elijah, who requested the next BTBS post contain good music lest we lose the respect of our readerbase (the three out of the eight that aren't personal friends anyway), I racked my brain for quite some time as to what could be posted to follow up Whistle Week.
Mojoe, a duo repping San Antonio, Texas, seemed like a logical choice. Consisting of Easy Lee and Tre, they describe themselves as "The Roots meet Outkast over dinner with Marvin Gaye at D'Angelo's house," a line-up of hip-hop and R&B that, if true, I couldn't be mad at. Of course, their debut classic.soul.ghetto is not the promised musical medley. I'm sure if they were I would've have found out about them based off the strength of something more respectable than the cool colors of some online banner.
But they are damn good to listen to.
The appropriately titled "Gumbo Groove" is the kind of effortless funk Mojoe was meant to do, four minutes of smooth guitars, 70's bass, porn bongos, sung hooks and fun raps. Though neither Lee nor Tre are the best rappers, singers or lyricists they put all of what they've got together to create something that most artists today lack- style. classic.soul.ghetto is front-to-back cool-as-hell jams. Good to vibe to, good to get down to.
Mojoe-"3rd Coast Anthem"
What's most surprising about Mojoe is how unSouthern the group sounds, particularly considering the success it has received recently. In fact, "3rd Coast Anthem" 's buzzing bassline, piano keys and slighly Parliamentish chorus sound more akin to the left. The shit's still crazy dope though.
Whatever sound they're behind though, their drawls still keep the affair below the Mason-Dixon. And the content often reveals their down home roots. "Funky Lac" finds Mojoe trading lines about their whip of choice, "Gold Tooth Diva" and "Voodoo Coochie" (goddamn I love that title) talk about those southern ladies, and "True Jewels" reminisces about lost legends like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and DJ Screw.
There you go. No sarcasm. No rapper bashing. Just good music y'all should peep.