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opponent

Hello Good People!

The debut single “Opponent” featuring Dead Prez & Martin Luther dropped from the album,  “Kentyah Presents: Evolutionary Minded-the Music of Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson Re-visioned.”   This project from producer and DJ Kentyah and original Midnight Band keyboardist /composer Brian Jackson, brilliantly pays tribute to the forefathers of socially conscious rap, Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson.

Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson
Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson

In the 70s, Brooklyn-born producer, composer, and musician Jackson began writing songs with Lincoln University classmate and poet Gil Scott- Heron which produced some of the most politically charged and soulful albums of the seventies… Pieces of a Man,Free Will, Winter in America, First Minute of a New Day, From South Africa to South Carolina, Bridges, Secrets and 1980…coveted by collectors and conscious-minded music fans alike.

Eventually, Jackson decided to continue evolving his musical talents in the eighties by collaborating with Kool and the Gang, Phyllis Hyman, George Benson, Gwen Guthrie, Roy Ayers, and Will Downing.

The album has an impressive line-up.  Along with visionary producer Kentyah Fraser, the album features the best in hip hop:  M1 and stic.man (Dead Prez), Boots Riley (The Coup), Ron Carter and Airto Moreira (Miles Davis), Killah Priest (Wu-Tang Clan), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Bill Summers, Dudley Perkins, Eddie Henderson, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock), Georgia Muldrow, DJ Goo, and others.

I am equally impressed with album artwork.  The artist is Tokio Aoyama.   The art work is a mural of the musicians featured on the album.  Can you identify who’s who?

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Here is the debut single “Opponent” featuring Dead Prez & Martin Luther!

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