I had the privilege to exclusively listen to Gibrilville’s Black Cadillac Season1 EP when my brother DJ SiRak from Africology puts me up to it. After eating some waakye and gulping a dark fluid, I let my earphones carry me into another world…seat belt strapped, chauffeured in the back of perhaps a Black Cadillac!
The vibes is all chilled from Gibrilville, a Ghanaian born New York resident. The rapper/singer just completed production on his new EP called “Black Cadillac Season 1″
This is a two part EP when we look at the genres presented. It can be likened to a cassette tape with two sides. ‘Side A’ has a hip hop influence and sets off on a K’naan type of flow in likeness of voice and in subject related messages as Gibrilville introduces the song and the EP with the unifying lyrics ” power to inspire the Will to be free and that’s the way it’s gonna be” Gibrilville expresses his hopes for a better world without war, peace for humanity now and the future generation. The ambiance from this runner up into the four track tape spews elements of American blues/bebop and reggae undertones fused with hip hop. The soft clear soulful melodic voice of New York native Sara Jecko, an actress and musician adds the needed spices that make the song a delicious positive uplifting jam.
My favorite song on the EP is Microphone which features Sena Dagadu, Ghanaian-Hungarian singer/rapper also known for her band Irie Maffia and collaborations with FOKN BOIS, VVIP. This song immediately embraces one’s ear with hip-hop braggadocio personified with sexy cutting edge lyrical deliveries from Sena and Gibrilville. “Me and my mic, we tight like virgins’ lips” sings Sena. A symbolic metaphor describing her bonding relationship with music and Gibrilville’s: “Bedroom bully to my groove” all paint a likened ‘sexual connection’ that both artists enjoy where their art form is concerned. Overall this is a smooth hip-hop tune with a live jazz feel; both artists invite you to ‘jam’ with them.
‘Side B’ brings out Gibrilville’s reggae and strong Rastafari/dancehall influences in the patois and the riffs and production on the Wyre assisted Kings and Queens, Gibrilville solidifies his love of the continent with the aid of his Nairobian connects on this song. The final song Long Way has a more introspective feel and reads like autobiographical portions that Gibrilville expounds on his journey as an immigrant in a faraway land.
The Back Cadillac Season1 EP project fuses rap /reggae and jazz nicely done on the four-track EP
This is a nice follow up to Gibrilville’s previously released The Foreigner JJC Deluxe which expresses his real life odyssey with chapters spelled in challenges, trials, and tales from the African perspective. These are four rather interesting and intriguing tracks in terms of sonic exploration and experimentation leaving you wanting to understand the artist and his creative motivations more and more. Lets look forward to future adventures of Gibrilville and his musical growth.