Culture Power 45 links up with Cocoon Movements to drop a clever compilation of underground artists such as L.I.F.E Long, Loer, Sophisticated Savages, Akil of the Jurassic 5, Tek (Smif n Wessun) Innocent?, Lord Superb (R.I.P) Merc The Big Body Benz, Jewels Polaar and yours truly – Indigo Phoenyx. The ambitious LP is titled Afro Picks Vol. 1. It’s a dope blend of jazzy soulful boom bap with diverse production and content with powerful lyricism that is the embodiment of authentic hip hop sound. Each joint is entertaining and exudes raw talent.
The album is slated to be released next month right on time for Black History month. Afro Picks Vol. 1 is an awesome tribute to the culture and music of our people that’s rich in jazz, drums, bass, and tons of soul. Fred Ones compiled mixed and mastered this project. He also lends his talent on a slick banger. Life Long did an exceptional job as executive producer on this project. The head nod factor is through the roof. It’s an exclusive vinyl a hip hop enthusiast would love to add to their collection. There’s so much versatility in content on this project, however collectively it’s a cleverly cohesive body of work.
The captivating art was done by Marcellous Lovelace who does a spectacular job capturing the concept in amazing aesthetics featuring various people rocking afros of all styles and Afro picks. Culture 45 message is always about black pride and excellence fused with hip hop. The stand out joints are “I Am”, “Second Coming”, “All Fat Caps”, “The Natural Truth”, “Brothers” and of course my joint “Still Love Her”.
It’s truly an honor to be a part of this project that represents the culture as a whole. Powerful messages of hard work, overcoming adversity, winning against the odds, and being proud of ourselves in every aspect is the theme. Afro Picks Vol. 1 is a listening experience one who truly loves authentic hip hop can appreciate. Pre-Orders are available now on Culture Power 45 site.