From The Thing to Happy Feet 2, Donald Clarke and Tara Brady on this week’s releases, Lauren Murphy gives Aloe Blacc a dollar for his thoughts,
Lauren Murphy talks to hip-hop soulster Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III – aka Aloe Blacc – about how his version of a chain gang song propelled him into the big time
Y’know, every hip-hop artist has a pseudonym, so as a teenager I chose to use one, rather than go with a name that sort of promotes a dark history in the Americas. when I was in the studio with a producer, I put these lyrics on top of soul music that we were jamming on, and it worked out perfectly. I’m definitely flattered by the Bill Withers comparisons. grows and becomes more than just a hip-hop artist, just because they are fans of music in general. So you have artists like Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000 and, of course, Cee Lo Green, who fit that mold. I’ve always been a fan of music in general, and I grew up playing the trumpet and the piano and guitar too. I’ve always listened to a wide range of different genres, so it was just a natural step for me.