Here's my latest review for the IODA Marketing Blog on Crown City Rockers frontman Raashan Ahmad's new solo record:
By: Elijah Carroll
Artist: Raashan Ahmad
Title: Soul Power
Label: B Sides
Genre: Hip-Hop : Soul
Release Date: 8/25/09
Since the late 1990's Raashan Ahmad has provided the smooth melodic lyrics for the Bay Area via Boston hip hop group Crown City Rockers. Originally formed in 1997 under the name Mission. Crown City have become a model for those who believe live instruments and hip hop can still be a successful combination. Over ten years later Raashan continues grace our ears with his seamless flows and musical stylings. Last year Raashan branched out with his first solo effort the critically acclaimed Push (Om Music). Now he's back with Soul Power a record that is sure to keep him at the top of the indie hip hop game. With guest appearances from Aceyalone, Ragen Fykes and Alex Newman from Giant Panda this album is a well crafted tour-de-force that allows the listener a chance to really feel Raashan's soul.
"Thirteen original songs mostly recorded in early 2009. After touring the United States to promote my first solo album THE PUSH, I discovered that I wanted to add more bangin’ songs to my live set as well as speak on some more topics that I have been dealing with.
SOUL POWER is the result. When I say “soul power,” I’m talking about about what gives my soul, my spirit power- which is music! This project was especially born out of all that I learned being on the road as well as teaming up with new friends I’ve met along the way which led to some dope collaborations!" -Raashan Ahmad
From the driving upbeat "Move (feat. Aceyalone)" to the layed back old school soul on "Soul Train (feat. Wafeek & Ragen Fykes)" Raashan takes us on a ride through his reality. Soul Power is a true album in this age of MP3's and one track downloads. The music combines old soul sounds with newer electronic production all deftly narrated by Ahmad. His honesty and self awareness make him easily relateable while his smooth intelligent style soothes the ears. Despite having multiple beat makers for the record the tracks flow together beautifully while Raashan takes the listener on a soulful ride you won't want to miss. With his second solo record in as many years and a Crown City album due out this fall Raashan has clearly hit his stride.
Check out this video for the lead track "Mobstar Life":
And here's a track off Crown City's Earthtones:
Crown City Rockers
"Another Day Rhyme Writing" (mp3)
from "Another Day (Rhyme Writing)"
(Insiduous Urban Records, Inc.)
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