Here are 2 soul singer projects that have some hip-hop heavy hitters affiliated.
First is a song from Nikki Jean which features verses from Lupe Fiasco and Black Thought.
Next up is the full album from Ayah, an incredible singer who has been working with Jazzy Jeff and his camp for a few years. I’ve been a fan ever since Jeff played several of her tracks for me a year and a half ago. Listen to the whole album and download it below.
Here’s the scoop on the album:
” DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with contributions from well-known producers James Poyser, Pete Kuzma and Démien DeSandies, has created an experience that music lovers have long awaited. Yet, those not as well versed in the genre will appreciate these soulful treats just the same. We are already familiar with the success of Jeff’s past work with heavy-hitters Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and Floetry. And his work with the Toronto songbird, Ayah, will be no exception.
Ayah, who is a success in her own right, has already garnered a grass roots fan base of her own with the release of her last two projects, Problem Woman and 4:15. And her most recent release of the When it Comes to You single and short film is continuing to make headway. Having worked with respected MCs like Freeway, Mac Miller, Elzhi and Skyzoo, Ayah is no stranger to hip-hop either. This makes Jeff’s jazzy production and classic hip-hop sound the perfect compliment for Ayah’s full and melodic vocals.
With Back for More, fans should expect nothing less than greatness from soul music’s hottest new collaborators. Notable tracks on the project include the soulful tune, Make It Last and title track, Back for More, with its feel good party vibe. Listeners will also witness Ayah’s versatility in the already popular single, Notorious. Ayah unveils her inner b-girl and lyrical flair in this hip-hop banger. Back for More also features appearances from Sugar Tongue Slim (STS) and Toronto’s own Tona.”