What comes first? What comes last? What comes best? Now for the real question: what comes worse? James Klynn ponders the issue but comes up with the realization: “He Worst?..” He deals with it and comes up with a healthy dialogue.
The description for this tracks goes a little something like “Yeek produced this track that blends together sounds that create this open mental space to just chill in. As your vibing to the music, James Klynn comes in and hits you with this delivery of mingled thoughts and intricate feelings. Short and sweet..” Sure, but does it work? I love the ethereal feel of the intro before the drums kick in at 0:48 and the vocals at 2:08. Yes, it takes the song going half way through before you hear its first word, but that works for me. This is thinking man’s hip-hop with the kind of production that is thought provoking, or at least you expect to hear something but you thirst for its grooves within the void, and realize there was never a void to begin with. Excellent song.
The Freedom Hall collective have offered a choice track with a massive sound that is too big to be ignored. They call it “Gangsta Lean”, which brings together Maleiva Kem and James Klynn in a song that may come in time for winter in the northern hemisphere, but has just enough mmmph to keep you warm until the spring sunshine comes back again. The vibe of the video is the opposite of the third verse in the video for Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”
, but is definitely as satisfying in its own way.
When an artist creates great music, I eagerly await what they do next. I’m a sucker for good concepts and themes in songs, EP’s, and albums, so when someone I like does something that I also enjoy, I’m wanting to eat that up like a box of malasadas. The Freedom Hall collective have done this once again, as James Klynn & Family create V, an album that is based on the film V for Vendetta. While you may see that visually, you’ll have to take a listen to hear how Klynn, Spudd Brown, Passion Ward, and Maleiva Kem put things together, and let me just say that I wouldn’t be posting it here if I wasn’t in favor of the end result.
The album is being made available as a free download, so stream and listen, and then take the experience with you for repeat listens.
The Freedom Hall collective offers up a bright new track, and this time Maleiva Kem teams up with James Klynn to offer “Cold Path” with a nice blend of soul and hip-hop, done in a manner that will be favorable for everyone.
If you are a fan of the Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar or the film that was based on it, The Last Airbender, you’ll know that the storyline is child-friendly but goes beyond child’s play. It’s about a young child with incredible wisdom to move things with the power that he has, but those who feel they know about that power want to control him so they can control it. They want someone else’s power instead of their own. Within the storyline is the realization that the kid may have an old soul, and where does that old soul come from? That has always been the subject of cultural significance, if something that defines a people can truly be passed on from generation to generation and if so, is it always in us? If not part of our DNA, how do we learn it, how much to we learn when we know it has to be learned, and do we shape it to benefit us or is it more about bringing everyone from the past towards whatever the future has in store? I know this because my nephew was a huge fan of the cartoon series, and with it being true to a number of Asian philosophies and cultural beliefs through metaphors, I loved what it said and wanted to teach to its viewers.
That concept has been put into music with James Klynn and his musical family, and together as Freedom Hall, they have showed the power of good, friendship and unity and how that fight for it is perhaps the one thing that unifies us across the world. Some don’t see it that way, but the fight is to show why that thought process is worthy of that fight. That is what makes up the 5-song album known as The Avatar, a set of music that shows hints of the future with flashes of the past, in order to provide guidance on what we need to do today. Balancing hip-hop and soul in a manner that is respectable to both, it’s songs that help to define and redefine Freedom Hall’s mission, which in turn questions why not many are doing the same thing. It moves you to think of the music and your own stance on life, where you are, and maybe where you should be. Music is best when it makes an investment in the mind, and when the mind invests in the music. The Avatar sinks in because it knows it belongs there, bringing out what may be in your consciousness, or what your consciousness has already been longing for
Freedom Hall have created a soul album that speaks out on/about the injustices of the world we live in, and it is very much about the exposure amongst us, in that “we” represents all and not just for specific target audiences of perceived fame and shame. United Shates Of Injustice takes a look at various forms of injustice from times when people stole gold, jewels, and property up to the present day when stealing human life is no more than a notch on the bed for some. The music is funky and when it gets into hip-hop mode, it drops knowledge hard, but that dropping of knowledge is very much a part of this album’s essence. This could be equal to the best political works of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and John Lennon. On the surface, the music and production, the vocals, and the raps sound great and they are meant to motivate you to groove, dance, or be romantic, but it’s also music that is meant to make you think. It points the finger at African culture and its transformation from the motherland into uncertain human distribution around the world, but it tries to link pain and suffering throughout the generations, one that many cultures around the world can relate to. In other words, this is very much “a black thing” but the messages expressed here has touch so many of many colors and persuasions, which allows us to realize we are a lot more unified in our suffering than we tend to believe.
Within the sound of pain and suffering is just motivational music that will hopefully not provoke you do prioritize, but perhaps live a better life so that the next generation can see things a bit clearer. In other words, their name is a metaphor for a place where everyone should feel comfortable to be themselves, life is merely a journey towards eternal change, even if freedom may not be obtainable from us. United States Of Injustice is a punch in the face for those who still feel everyone in this country is unified, but through music, there’s still a way to open minds if people wish to be open. In sound, freedom is only a volume button away.
James Klynn has two new projects to share with everyone. Both feature Spudd Brown, with the James/Brown project being one of those laid back songs with a bit of inspirational motivation, while Freedom Hall brings them together with C Miner and Passion and will be appealing for fans of true soul music.
You can listen and stream, or download them for free (as 320kbps MP3’s or lossless files) with the players below, or click to this link via Bandcamp at Freedom Hall.