Album Interview: The Answer – B.Eveready

It’s an absolute pleasure welcoming back B. EVEREADY on the blog. The Baltimore rapper was last featured back in 2018 with single, ‘Always Major.’

After lengthy spell away from the blog, he returns to discuss his upcoming album, ‘The Answer’ coming out tomorrow (26th February). Find out what events inspired him to produce the album – trust me, his reasons will truly resonate with you…have a read below...

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

BE: Pretty good so far. My family is dealing with some health challenges, we had some COVID scares, but everybody is well & on the road to recovery, so I can’t complain. We’re blessed.

NLM: You are about to drop your album ‘The Answer’, where you dropped singles ‘2BLACK2STRONG’ and The Answer (Intro) ahead of its release. What is the public perception on the singles so far?

BE: It’s been a good reception so far. The Answer (Intro) is a direct response to the book on the cover of the project – “The Negro A Beast or In the Image of God?” – and people are loving the truth I put in the track. 2BLACK2STRONG is a conscious turn up record that everybody has loved from day one. Hopefully it blows up the way I’m thinking it can.

 

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

BE: After dealing with the police-involved murders from last year & the protests, I felt like I had to have a project that was exclusively responding to that moment. Not to mention what was going on with the political scene. I felt like if I didn’t have something to say as a Black man, I wasn’t the artist that I thought I was. So I dug deep and came forth with these 7 tracks to speak to the times we’re living in. I feel like this expresses my point of view & thought process as a Black man in America in 2021.

 

NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?

BE: I love the first two singles (The Answer (Intro) & 2BLACK2STRONG) definitely – they stand out for different reasons. The Intro is the mission statement of the project. It just speaks straight to the heart. 2BLACK2STRONG is a record that could spawn TikTok challenges, dances, and go up in a party while giving our people pride. Outside of those, I think it’s a tie between Ferguson & 3:57AM. Ferguson is a record that I definitely shed some tears to once I finished it. It talks about the riots, but also the 3 protest leaders that died under very suspicious circumstances. 3:57AM is a record that embodies the feelings you might be feeling at that time of the morning when you are being consumed by some of these thoughts. It partially feels like a dream, and then you think about what matters most to you as an individual.

NLM: So how would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

This is a project that is sample-heavy but embraces trap sounds. It sounds like Black Revolution & Black Liberation over a beat.

NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why?

BE: It’d probably be Kendrick Lamar, because I feel like this project is my version of To Pimp A Butterfly, and I’d love to hear him over 2BLACK2STRONG.

NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your album?

BE: It presented some challenges when it came to recording because my regular studio was shut down for a while. But we overcame that challenge pretty quickly, so outside of that, we’ve been able to keep it moving.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

BE: I definitely have a bunch more music coming for this year, and I can’t tell you everything that’s coming down the road, but I will tell you this: this will be my most prolific year of dropping music by far. Coming not too long after this project is the deluxe edition of my #GS2 EP, led by a single featuring MC Bravado & Kxng Crooked, so you know I’m serious with it out here.

NLM: How can potential fans find you?

BE: You can find me at my website BEvereadyRap.com, Twitter @BEveready, IG @b.eveready, or at my Bandcamp – Beveready.bandcamp.com.

NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘The Answer’?

BE: Well, I definitely want to thank my wife who is a constant source of inspiration. The producers (Anno Domini, Synesthetic Nation, Baltimega, Alex Collins, Makaih Beats, Big Shot Beats), features (Jay Charles & Scholarman), and my studio & engineering folk (Lineup Room Studio, Brandon Lackey, MooseJaw, Beauvallis & Steel Tipped Dove). I appreciate what everyone brought to the table to make this project happen. And thanks to NEW LEASE MUSIC for allowing me to share this project with the world.

And just because y’all are my people, you can stream the project here before it drops anywhere else: https://beveready.bandcamp.com/album/the-answer 

B. Eveready’s album, ‘The Answer’ is out on 26th February

Sinead Harnett Shares Single, ‘Last Love’, A Celebration Of Moving On From Heartbreak

Lifted from her sophomore album, ‘Ready Is Always Too Late’ – slated for release 21st May via Sony Music –   SINÉAD HARNETT dishes up her brand new track, ‘Last Love’ alongside a music video.

Speaking of her newest effort, the London-born/Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter says: There’s such a thin line between the liberation of having no one to answer to when you’re single, and the memory of the last person you loved,” says Sinéad. “When I’m single I fill my days up as much as possible, but those little moments where you remember being held by someone you loved can creep up. ‘Last Love’ is a celebration of moving on.”

Featuring previously released collaborations with EARTHGANG and Masego and VanJess, Harnett’s highly anticipated second studio album, ‘Ready Is Always Too Late’, celebrates her journey to embodying the best version of herself. Empowering songs with messages around individualism and unity exist alongside vulnerable snapshots of Harnett’s less confident past self, painting a picture of evolving self-worth that requires time and care to cultivate, all the highs and lows included. While her work isn’t over, Harnett’s hope is that her listeners will accompany her on this journey so they can begin to figure out where they are on their own.

Harnett’s 2019 debut album ‘Lessons in Love,’ found the rising R&B star in a deeply introspective place, learning to acknowledge and accept patterns in her romantic relationships to grow from them. Lessons in Love yielded break out single ‘If You Let Me,’ which has surpassed 70 million streams on Spotify alone.

Have a peek at the official music video for ‘Last Love’ below…

Song of the Day: Make You Sad – Michaela Slinger

Co-written with JUNO award-winning Kevvy (Carly Rae Jepsen, Fake Shark) and two-time Polaris Prize listed Louise Burns (Haley Blais), MICHAELA SLINGER‘s single, ‘Make You Sad’, reflects on how we glorify relationships that appear easy or effortless, when—in reality—relationships with no attempt to try and really understand each other are destined to leave people feeling empty.

Through her honey glazed vocals, the Canadian singer/songwriter imagines the person inside of the song’s relationship dynamic is describing it as “effortless” to outsiders who interpret that as proof of a happy couple, while it’s actually tormenting the person inside.

Check out the official video for ‘Made You Sad below…

 

 

Arlo Maverick Shares Gripping Visuals For Single Hashtag

Western Canadian Music Award-nominated artist, ARLO MAVERICK shares his video/short film for the track, ‘Hashtag’, a song of protest about racial profiling and police brutality that will appear on his forthcoming EP, ‘Soul Merchant’, out in spring of 2021.

The video arrives amidst Black History Month to continue the conversation around the issues that Black people continue to face nearly a year after the global uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Co-directed and co-edited by Maverick, the video’s concept draws from the real-life stories of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was fatally shot while jogging; Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who was playing with a toy gun and fatally shot; and others who were killed by police or while in police custody. In one lacerating verse, Maverick calls out the difference between how white men and minorities are treated by police.

With vocalist Riwo (of Melafrique) belting the song’s chorus, “I don’t want to be a hashtag one day,” and Black people being shown in everyday circumstances getting killed at random, Maverick suggests the prevalence of the bias-based policing that leads to violence. “When you see the chalk outlines of bodies and all of the hashtags come up at the end of the video, I wanted the viewer to be overwhelmed by the number of names on the screen. For them to think, ‘How many more Black lives need to be taken for changes to happen?’” said Maverick. “Since the video was filmed, more people have been killed. Before the end of the year, it’s going to happen again.”

The title, ‘Hashtag,’ is also a reference to fair-weather activism on social media and the use of hashtags to bring attention to the Black lives lost at the hands of police. “In using hashtags for something as serious as Black death you sort of make light of it,” said Maverick. “I think social media activism can be really powerful, but I also think it can desensitize. People get concerned, demand changes, these hashtags circulate, but without enough real action nothing will change. There’s still not enough accountability in the justice system.”

Check out Arlo Maverick’s video for his latest below…

Jessica Wilde Drops New Double A-side ‘Wasted’ / ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’

With it being a particularly wild 2020 in more ways than one, singer JESSICA WILDE slides into 2021 in spectacular fashion with Double A side ‘Wasted’ / ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’

Not only are the singles’ titles self-explanatory but Wilde has opened a gateway into her past by returning full circle to her South London roots, combining her sharp-witted lyricism through Spoken Word/Rap alongside her more familiar style husky soulful vocals.

For those acquainted with Wilde it will be a pleasant surprise to many that she is not just one helluva Soul/R’n’B singer, but she has MC skills which are on par with some of the UK’s heavyweights.

Wilde’s raw, brutally honest lyrics in ‘Wasted’ and ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’ take you on a ride through her personal journey of mad parties, hazy drunken nights, addiction, toxic relationships, self-loathing, self-love, self-empowerment and going sober.

2021 looks to be another year of uncertainty but warrior princesses like Jessica Wilde can’t ever stay down. Now established as a singer songwriter, signing her deal with major publisher SONY ATV, Wilde has worked with artists from Ghetts to Tough Love. Her self-penned track ‘Strangers Love’ was released on renowned Korean k-pop label SM Entertainment and her co-write with Rudimental, ‘More Than Anything’ featured vocals from Emeli Sande. Jessica’s last project saw her wind up in LA writing at Ne-Yo’s Hollywood studio, with producer Kizzo. She gained support from The Daily Star, Wonderland Mag, ‘Record of the week’ on BBC Radio 1xtra, did a mini tour with a sold-out headline show at POW Brixton, and a final performance at Bospop festival, opening for Nile Rodgers.

It will take more than a pandemic to stop Miss Wilde from finding an inevitably huge audience, furthermore adding ‘gifted rapper’ to her illustrious set of talents. The combo knockout visual trailer for ‘Wasted/F*ck U I’m Sober Now’ had to be made within the confines of London lockdown but Jessica and video director Dylan Hayes used the 2020/2021 restrictions to spark their collaborative creativity. The dark deserted South London streets kick off ‘Wasted’ and then bedroom isolation inspires the ‘F*ck U I’m sober now’ section.

‘Wasted’ / ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’ is released as a double A side single and is out now on all digital and streaming platforms. Check it the official video for the single below…