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Aceyalone, the legendary emcee and founding member of seminal rap groups Freestyle
Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat and Project Blowed, has released the follow-up to 2009’s Aceyalone
& The Lonely Ones, titled Leanin’ on Slick. Since his formative days of battling at the Good
Life Cafe circa 1989, Aceyalone is a forefather of the West Coast underground rap scene that
spawned the emergence and success of groups like The Pharcyde, Jurassic 5 and his own
Freestyle Fellowship, whose 1993 record Innercity Griots is an undeniable classic of the genre.
Leanin’ moves on from the doo-wop tones of Lonely Ones in favor of jazz and funk influenced
beats to support his signature tight rhymes and bouncing-ball flow. Released on Decon Records,
the album features 13 dynamic tracks produced by frequent collaborator BIONIK, as well as
Daniel Merriweather, Treasure Davis and, most notably, singer Cee Lo Green.
There are many lessons that come from age and experience. When one discovers such a thing, there's an inherent need to broadcast it to the world. This is that. With an eclectic variety of ages and experiences, Chicago based musicians Sidewalk Chalk are a force to be reckoned with.
This emcee, singer, trio of keys, bass, and drums, horn section of trumpet and trombone, and tap-dancer are the evolution of Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz superbly packaged into sounds that you've quite possibly never heard before. The legend Sam Cooke once sang, "Change is Gonna Come." Musically, change is already here. Upon the heels of the release of their debut full-length album, "Corner Store" (released 3/6/12 and co-produced with Greg Magers of Lupe Fiasco's The Cool), Sidewalk Chalk has already proven themselves worthy of a listen. They're sure to satisfy the cravings of anyone in love with music and hungry for something different.
Musicality, honesty, and intellect are becoming harder to find. Thankfully, Sidewalk Chalk's goal is to be heard by the world and inspire its inhabitants. Quickly on their way to becoming one of the most talented live bands of this generation, Sidewalk Chalk was named "Best Hip-Hop Act in Chicago of 2010" by the Chicago Reader. The group's Emcee, Rico Sisney, represented Chicago at the 2012 World Expo in Shanghai, China. They've been featured on CBS News Online, 2dopeboyz, and Guest of a Guest Los Angeles. On top of that, Sidewalk Chalk has shared the stage with De La Soul, Company of Thieves, J*Davey, ?uestlove of The Roots, and Action Bronson. Individually, members of the group have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli.
So, wake up world and meet the rest of us at the "Corner Store." We'll be out front with Sidewalk Chalk.