Album Preview: Idris Elba (aka Driis) – High Class Problems

by Winston "Stone" Ford


DriisPrivate Garden (Produced by 9th Wonder)

DriisRise Up

Whenever I think of actors turned singers, I think of Eddie Murphy’s “Party All The Time.” (Dammit, now that song is stuck in my head!)

However, Idris Elba’s newest project (as alter ego Driis) is making me reconsider. Elba, who has been recording as Driis for a while now, got such producers as 9th Wonder behind the boards of his new EP, titled High Class Problems, which drops on February 8th.

The sound is very “East London Underground,” with a moody, left-of-center style that would make Benji B or Gilles Peterson fans happy (Idris leaves his London accent in tact), but might leave fans of The Wire scratching their heads. It’s not hip-hop, it’s not R&B. And that’s a good thing. The two tracks that leaked so far remind me of if Mos Def’s Umi Says was combined with the catalog of UK Rapper Roots Manuva.

I’ve had the opportunity to see Idris DJ not once, but twice when I was in NYC, and the dude’s knowledge of music is unprecedented. Can’t wait for February 8th.

Driis EPK

  • FinchyKing

    Sounds okay! I knew he was producing some things (Jay-Z American Gangstar), but I didn’t know he was an artist! Go head Stringer Bell!!!

  • Stone

    Yeah, I’m diggin’ it. It’s definitely not for everyone and Wire fans are gonna be disseminated. But I’m digging the vibe to this one.

  • mike

    Wire fans or The Office fans gonna be disseminated…lol…….download-able would be nice, especially the 9th joint

  • Kid Prodigy

    hey man is there any way u could send the mp3 of this to my email? i need this on my Ipod ASAP

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  • carmen blanchard

    Privat Carden is Sultry and Unique. Love t!

  • carmen blanchard

    Private Garden has a sultry and unique vibe about it. What can’t this man do? Loving it all.

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