LargeUp premieres the debut track “Believers” from Muzik Drew Jones, a talented young r&b singer we’ve also had our ear on. One listen and you can tell this kid clearly has the musical chops to go the far distance but I’m not buying the Frank Ocean (or Bilal) comparisons, personally. For my money, his wistful hood gospel style is more reminiscent of Jaheim at his fabulous-est. Which in 2013 might even be more refreshing than neo-neo-soul or another Ocean soundalike. Read on to get the backstory on Drew’s Bahamian (via Miami) roots and more info on his forthcoming debut LP. Then hit the link at bottom to watch the video (directed by Roots fam Rik Cordero).
The Bahamas are just a few hours’ boat ride from South Florida, and Bahamians have been a part of the area’s fabric going back to the early 1800s. The list of Miami-area musicians with Bahamian roots includes members of KC and the Sunshine Band (which was originally known as the Sunshine Junkanoo Band) and even Uncle Luke.
One of the newest Bahamian talents to emerge from Miami and its surrounds is R&B singer/songwriter/producer Muzik Jones Drew. The R&B singer/songwriter/producer recently released the single “Believers” in advance of his upcoming debut album, and he’s passed LargeUp the song’s video (directed by hip-hop video kingpin Rik Cordero) to premiere. Musically speaking, “Believers” is a lot more Okayplayer than LargeUp but it’s just so tight we couldn’t resist scooping our Afro-headed partner site.
Stylistically, “Believers” falls somewhere between the neo-soul territory of a Bilal and and the “alt R&B” camp led by Frank Ocean, et. al. In other words, whether you’re in your mid 30s or early 20s, you’ll probably dig it just the same.