DOWNLOAD: Shafiq - Nirvana
We all know music like the music Shafiq Husayn makes with Sa-Ra Creative Partners is great to chill solo to - that soul and jazz fused hip-hop that takes as much from Sun-Ra and Fela Kuti as it does thug rap and siren sounds - but when weekend late nights swing around, it ain't always that great. You're liquored, and done with everyone else for the evening, so you head back to a friend's and you put on some Afro-beat-hip-hop-soul thing, and sometimes it'll just fall flat. People will look at you with scorn, like you're the eyes-shut, nodding-head, dreadlocked trustafarian piously filling the party with joint smoke while everyone else is all lager rampage and shouting. This though - check its bass. Shafiq knows how to keep a party going and keep it spiritual at the same time, and that's deep, man - find more on the man's debut Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka, out now.
Sounds Like: J Dilla, Sun Ra, Outkast