Most rappers find inspiration in booming bass lines or James Brown breaks, but Chicago-bred and Los Angeles-based rapper and producer E-TRAIN isn’t most rappers. For his The DJBooth debut, America, E-TRAIN finds inspiration and musical kinship with Charles Bradley, the 62-year-old Brooklynite turned internationally acclaimed blues and soul singer. Pulling double duty on the mic and behind the boards, TRAIN grabs the instantly compelling horn line and organ chords, along with Bradley’s soul-shaking hook, to lay down America‘s sonic foundation. Lyrically TRAIN proves that he’s been through enough hard times to make him a hip-hop bluesman in own right: “...forever fight for the Wrath of Roxanne, my gift and my curse / for the love that I’ve had and the loss I’ve endured.” Fans eager to hear more impossible-to-categorize music like America should be sure to check out TRAIN’s recently re-released album WRATH OF ROXANE+, available for free stream now.
Written by Nathan S. on May 29, 2012
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