This new one by Maleiva Kem & James Klynn is a new extension of the Freedom Hall movement, it’s a bit more than a casual music video but more of a “short film” with a brief story involved. It’s a bit more freeform but very much what they’re about as artists and creators, and I like what they’ve done here. I look forward to seeing and hearing more.
The Freedom Hall collective offer a very nice track in early June, this one by James Klynn & Maleiva Kem and produced by Jazzo and Melodiesinfonie, where things start off in a soulful manner before the rhymes drop. According to Klynn, “this is a Record I wrote in dedication to my Freedom Hall Family, Everything I Do Is For You, I’ve never been surrounded by this many talented people at one time in my life! You all inspire me to work harder as an artist.. The cover may bring back thoughts of psychedelia or humbleness and love, but whatever mind game works for you, let it lead to the appreciation of “Everything I Do”.
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