The Okayplayer brand has been synonymous with great music over the past few years, and recently, they have been extending their mark onto specific genres. They recently launched OkayAfrica earlier this year, and October marks the launch of The Revivalist, which is dedicated, to jazz music.
To kick off the launch, Grammy nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon teamed up hip-hop quartet The Beast to release Freedom Suite, a homage to the paring of hip-hop and jazz. In the sprirt of projects like Guru’s Jazzmatazz series, the suite brings together some very recognizable names to the project, including Phonte, Yahzarah, Suede (of Camp Lo), Carlitta Durand, Apple Juice Kid, and host, 9th Wonder.
The Couch Sessions is proud to premiere the video for the first single of the project, Freedom Part Two. Filmed at Durham, North Carolina non-profit SEEDS, which teaches youth to plant, grow, harvest and sell crops in their own communities. To learn more about SEEDS, go to http://www.seedsnc.org.
Expect more videos and behind the scenes footage from the project, and look out for the full release on October 26th.
Tracklist of Songs
- “Freedom Part II”
The Beast, ft. Suede & Nnenna Freelon
produced by The Applejuice Kid
- “Let Go”
The Beast ft. Tyler Woods
- “Get Out of Town”
Nnenna Freelon ft. Phonte
produced by Ambersongs
- “Rise Above The Sky (Doo Wop redux)”
The Beast ft. Rhapsody & Yahzarah
- “No Escape”
The Beast ft. Carlitta Durand & Darien Brockington
- “If We Love”
Nnenna Freelon ft. King Mez & Thee Tom Hardy
- “Once Again”
The Beast ft. Kooley High
- “Strange Love”
The Beast ft. Shirlette Ammons
produced by Kevin Timmons
- “Umi Says”
The Beast ft. Nnenna Freelon