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

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Front Page -

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.

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