Arrow Of God is an album by Preach Jacobs and Dose that sounds like it would have been released between 1991-1993 and managed to have a massive following in a few regions, making them cherished songs that would become classics for a generation or two. Performing together as Analog, Preach and Jacobs and Dose make music that sounds classic due to the samples within the production and rhyming flows that are strong but not egotistical. Preach tells stories with a beginning and end, and what you want to hold on to is the essence of what is in the middle. It reminds me of the kind of music you might expect from people like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Rakaa, Soup, and early Black Eyed Peas, back when will.i.am was more about lyricism and less about winning a Grammy. In fact, what I like about this album is that it sounds like it is of another time, not quite fitting of the now and yet it needs to be heard during this struggling musical time. If people don’t get this in a modern context, there will be an audience in twenty years who will say “I can’t believe Preach Jacobs and Dose existed back then, considering the other junk that was getting a free pass.” If this is the kind of music meant to, as the lyrics say in “Black Radio”, stay underground, may the underground continue you to rock well.
Now this is a very cool project: Preach Jacobs doing a track with Marc Mac of 4Hero. It’s a collaboration that may or may not be properly released, so consider this a chance to hear the work they did together.
The song is a part of a “Long Hot Summer” series, where Sound Familiar Records will upload a new track within the label family every Friday. Find out more by clicking the poster below.
If you’ve been waiting for new music from the Preach Jacobs and Dose collabrative project known as Analog, wait no more. “Bet You Didn’t Know That” is from their forthcoming album Arrow of God, which will be released on 12/12/12. That means of course you have to wait to hear it in full, but you can listen to one song immediately. As in now. Go ahead. I highly look forward to hearing the rest of it.
Preach Jacobs and Dose are working together as Analog, and on top of the new year they are offering a sliver of what’s to come in 2012. It’s a track called “Baptized”, and after hearing this you may feel healed as well. I really like what’s going on here, and I welcome new music that’s this good. You can download the song for free by clicking the player below. If the player is not being shown, you can click here or here as well.
I’m a huge fan of these guys, and it seems that I have not heard anything new from them. Either that or I’ve just been overwhelmed by other things, which usually is not the case. All of a sudden I see this and I think in a Michael Rapaport/Zebrahead manner by saying Preach Jacobs and Katrah-Quey: togetha? Yes, together, and I’m loving what they did here.
Preach Jacobs has been creating music for a few years, touring across the U.S. and making it to Japan on a recent trip. He now has an online magazine he is developing called Mo’ Betta Soul, featuring hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, and any of Jacobs’ personal interests (a photo essay is linked to on the front page). Browse through and enjoy.
Preach Jacobs has been traveling quite a bit since his last release, including a successful trip to Japan. His time abroad has moved him to reflect and get lyrically deeper. This, from a guy who is easily one of the more gifted MC’s out today, and it’s basically another way of saying he continues to show the strength and power of his last album, while showing the progress of someone with a lot of promise as an artist.
Maple St. Sessions (R2) is an EP that brings Preach together with producer Denz to create music that doesn’t only represent hip-hop, it is hip-hop, looking at all of the different characters, personas, and real people that he acknowledges in a track like “Thank You”. He even works out a club-type track called “Cool Out”, but it’s not a song that you want to end up suffocating in stale air, it’s a plea for people to relax and just chill, whatever the situation. In “Forest Whitaker” he’ll deliver with a quick verse, only for Denz to flip the beat as if it’s making a temporary pit stop, only for him to rev it up back to its normal speed. Both of them are people you want to listen to, as they help you get caught up in their formulas so you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about (and yes, Denz is talking, in a musical sense). A 7-song EP may seem short, but if EP’s are the way of releasing music in 2009, I want more EP’s. Those who still put faith in MC’s to drop their own level of science, you can now put on a lab coat because class is in session.
(Maple St. Sessions will be released on October 27th, and you can pre-order it from UndergroundHipHop.com.)