Stream Lakecia Benjamin’s Funkier-Than-Thou Album “Rise Up”
A bonafide funk, jazz and R&B star, Lakecia Benjamin is happy to share her latest Ropeadope effort, Rise Up, with the masses who love good tunes.
Hardcore liner notes nerds and live performance aficionados will be familiar with the name Lakecia Benjamin. In addition to her stellar work with her group Soul Squad, she has also brought her Alto Saxophone with her for performances with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Clark Terry, and many others.
This past week, Ms. Benjamin has let her latest album, Rise Up, become available to the masses. Thanks to the gang-gang over at New York’s own Ropeadope, Lakecia offers 13 cuts of funk and jazz fusion goodness that you should not miss out on. The talented musician is also a capable and fulfilling vocalist, as well as a dope arse saxophonist.
With lyrics that span the topics of social injustice experienced by people of color to how they can change the world — Rise Up is certainly a call-to-action for those facing real world issues within the African American community. So far, in my own personal playthrough of Rise Up, it is the song “Little Children” that does it for me. Strong callbacks to “Sinnerman” from Nina Simone, “Little Children” is a blistering, therapeutic, yet real AF account that screams intensity and poise.
Don’t hesitate to cop Rise Up as it is available on Bandcamp and iTunes now, and can be streamed for preview below.
SOURCE: NYS Music