It’s been less than 48 hours since the release, yet its impact feels impending. I’m gonna need to let the music soak in over the next few weeks, but first impressions – “Poverty Stricken” is an artist defining album. Courtney Bell has been verbally supplying his message for some time now, and it all comes together for this fantastic journey into his mind & thoughts. Articulate in the way Courtney Bell is able to paint pictures well driving you forward into deep listening to decipher what he is truly saying here. It’s deep, backed with powerful production including a track I was glad to see make it on as a bonus. “PSA” featuring production from Grammy award-winning producer !llmind finishes the fifteen song album off perfectly.
Long before you reach track fifteen though you travel a riveting path amongst the Detroit native’s metaphors & vivid verses. From the album artwork style lyric video above for the opening “GB4“, the structured storytelling of “1994/Dealer“, to other standouts such as “Garment” feat. Reason & “25 Hours” where we hear him speak on the risks and struggles of pursuing dreams. Off first impressions, I feel this will be in heavy rotation for some time to come indeed & that this album will unravel exciting new chapters for the artist.
Take in the entire album for yourself and enjoy the newest music from Courtney Bell.
Featuring Reason, Janae Lynn, & DCMBR
Stream/Purchase via you favorite service here: https://songwhip.com/courtneybell/poverty-stricken
Saint De’Angelus – ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL
A return is among us in this four-song rebirth from the creative genius combined in Saint De’Angelus. Here crafted ever so eloquently and in a delightful manner are four cuts that deliver a quick punch, but ultimately a listen that has you diving inside again, to unravel its depth with more listening sessions. Executive production from JRGotTheHiTS and featuring TOUSSAINT A.V.E. shine, & each artist brings life to the backdrops created here & each song transposes another feeling tied together in the perfect little knot, yet each it’s own ever-important thread. Bryce Detroit, Nametag Alexander, Brent Blak Smith, and Boog Brown all provide fantastic performances that felt cohesive as a whole. ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL represents Saint De’Angelus & Toussaint A.V.E. own experiences. It’s an experience in itself worth exploring. Take the entire official press release provided from Saint De’Angelus below to learn more about the story behind ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL.
Learn more and listen @ https://www.saintdeangelus.com/
The first single “OUTWRK EVRBDY” featuring Nametag Alexander.
Official Press Release:
December 21, 2020– Detroit, MI Saint De’Angelus has returned from self-imposed creative exile to debut ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL, the audio+digital experience executive produced by JRGotTheHiTS and featuring TOUSSAINT A.V.E firstname.lastname@example.org Saint De’Angelus., the super collective made up of indie creators Bryce Detroit, Nametag Alexander, Brent Blak Smith, and Boog Brown. ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL represents Saint De’Angelus & Toussaint A.V.E. experiences confronting personal ideas about Blackness, spirituality, and identity politics in a world where people are creating a future based on the things that predate convention. In that spirit, ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL is available on all streaming platforms, plus exclusively at saintdeangelus.com with 500 digital copies available for complimentary reservation while supplies last. The first single “OUTWRK EVRBDY” featuring Nametag Alexander is available at saintdeangelus.com with an accompanying lyric video to be released the week of the ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL release. ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL represents Saint De’Angelus first official work as a conceptual artist, creative director, and essayist since announcing his quiet departure from Humble Flei, the entertainment brand he built as an indie publicist since 2015. Inspired by COVID-19’s grip on modern life, Saint De’Angelus spent Spring through Summer 2020 homesteading, religious fasting, and reconnecting with his creative passions. The end result was Return to Flora, a two part photo-series documenting the celebration of his reincarnation, centered around his surprise marriage proposal to event curator Alexis Draper. Return to Flora was co-directed by fashion designer and photographer James Morris (Definitive Style Exclusive) and featured over 40+ friends and family members (with special contributions of customized PPE by Phil Simpson and Smile Brand). The community effort it took to pull the collaboration together, along with a special bath run by his fiance’ a few days later are the circumstances that inspired the content and collaboration style for ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL. What started as a playful moment between lovers on a weekday morning has grown into an interdisciplinary statement on the importance of community to our singular existence. Due to schedule and health restrictions, ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL was recorded August-September 2020 at remote locations with follow-up sessions performed at Grammy-nominated Studio 221B. Now, just under two weeks away from the official release, Saint De’Angelus had this to say: “Throughout the first part of the pandemic I had the opportunity to detach from all the social climbing that comes with being at a certain level in the music industry and reconnect with my values of independence, community, and spirituality. So many of the things we go through, we perceive ourselves as going through alone, but during this time of hyperawareness, we should be more intentional about the energy we contribute to the collective, as individuals. ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL is me providing a document on what has worked for me since my own spiritual awakening in 2017, but especially during 2020 and the global pandemic COVID-19. Mostly, what that has looked like for me is giving myself permission to be decadent, sensual, and deeply explorative of the things that bring me peace like astrology, moon ritual, and folk practices that have been passed down since slavery.” ALL BATHS ARE RITUAL is available for streaming on all platforms and can be downloaded for free when visiting saintdeangelus.com. Join us in activating BATHS with profiles, playlists, reviews, guest appearances, and special content partnerships. Send interview, booking, and playlisting requests to email@example.com or 248-210-3026.
FROSTiSRAD – “insecure”
If ever there was a song that served as an anthem to picking yourself apart, “insecure” serves as a healthy entry. Diving into the battles of perception in ones head, “insecure” gives us scope inside FROSTisRAD’s thoughts as he is left feeling insecure. Feeling invisible, letting the listener know that you don’t want to feel invisible like him. This song feels like the most sonically defining version of FROSTisRAD yet, and with an announcement of his next release already spreading, it’s an amazing chance to experience an artist whose not only just getting started, but setting the tone for a storied career to come.
Stream/Purchase FROSTisRAD – “insecure” here.
Sareem Poems & Ess Be – Shallow (feat. Finale)
Detroit’s own Finale tags along with Sareem Poems & Ess Be for some dope visuals for “Shallow” an introspective track that brings the three artists together in one of the years best hip hop records. In fact it’s the latest addition to our RAP ATTACK! Spotify playlist. From the entrance of a repetitious hi/lo chant slash hook into the first gripping verse it grabs the listener & quality ensues till the record’s finish. “Shallow” and more is available off the “Mind Over Matter LP” out now on Illect Recordings.
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