Late last night, Cocaine 80s released their new EP, The Flower Of Life and I'd be remiss not to put the spotlight on them even more after their group's strongest release to date.
The No I.D.-led collective first came together last year and, without warning to this date, released new music and EPs for free. James Fauntleroy, a singer/songwriter I've been following for years, is the primary vocalist on the soothing, soulful records that fans of the group from the start are now accustomed to. Common is a part of the collective as well, not holding back on some superb verses along the way. Together, and with various guest stars along the way (like Nas, and most recently Jhene Aiko), Cocaine 80s is creating their own lane of urban music.
How, you may ask? By mixing soulful R&B with throwback hip hop beats, acoustic chords, and most of all some intelligent and spiritual lyricism. The Flower Of Life most directly exhibits the latter, with songs like "Lucid" and "Higher Self" - to go along with the whole aesthetics of the cover. It really resonates with us on the spiritual end as well; after all, Maks G coincidentally designed a "Flower Of Life" sweater for Limited G.
In addition to downloading The Flower Of Life, Cocaine 80s made their whole library available for download too. Find out what I mean with the unique sound and lyricism and hit this link here to download the new The Flower Of Life EP, the collective's first EP, The Pursuit, as well as Ghost Lady, and Express OG. You can stream The Flower Of Life off GWHH here. It's a great fit for your late night playlist, early morning playlist... and really, any time of the day playlist.
2013 is already a great year with this news. In fact, we previously posted Common's appearance on Carson Daly where he revealed an upcoming EP and mixtape, but in tonight's interview on Jimmy Fallon, in addition to promoting his upcoming movie LUV, the actor/rapper put some dates to those two upcoming projects of that latter occupation... AND the date for his next album.
NEW EP: this month.
NEW (and first ever) Mixtape: April
NEW album: September
I think this GIF (the first of 3 I got for you tonight, so scroll below) sums up my, and your, thoughts exactly.
In a dope interview that aired last night on Last Call with Carson Daly, Common talked about a variety of things in his vast world of music and acting. First, the new movie Luv, in which a few nice clips were played, and his role and inspiration there. Plus, his book One Day It'll All Make Sense, his response to people who don't associate hip hop and positivitity together (a smart one that cites the history of hip hop and brings it back to the present), and finally: the lead headline in the post title - his upcoming music.
Common says he's looking to release an EP associated with Luv sometime in January, and then following it up with his first ever mixtape (yup, that's right... first ever!). AND, we can expect a new album sometime in 2013. So Common's keeping things moving musically and that news alone is something I'm excited for.