Atlanta Soundtrack: new music movies from Lola Ladae’, Lee Bains; classic Kilo Ali

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Lola Ladae’ | “You Deserve It”

St. Louis native turned ATL indie up-and-comer Lola Ladae’ virtually adopted a unique path. After finding out animal science in faculty, she practically pursued a profession as a veterinarian and even began her personal pet-sitting enterprise, Lola’s Love 4 Paws. Fortunately for our ears, although, she went with the music, taking part in bass with The TxLips after which steadily gaining momentum as a solo R&B vocalist together with her debut single, “Angela,” in 2020 and final 12 months’s “In The Kitchen.”

She additionally launched an artist collective known as The Basement Unplugged in 2019, for which she and her accomplice, Hustle, launched a brand new occasion area earlier this 12 months, Hustle & Lo Studios. When interviewed by Vocalo Radio in Chicago about this newest track, and the music video she directed, she mentioned that it’s about making peace with a breakup and telling oneself, “I’ve let go, I’m not bitter and I’m actually glad for no matter you determine to do in your life . . . you simply can by no means have me again.”


Lee Bains + The Glory Fires | “The Battle of Atlanta”

In a latest interview with Bitter Southerner, singer/songwriter Lee Bains cited Howard Zinn’s A Folks’s Historical past of america as a major supply of inspiration. And it’s no surprise. In some ways, that’s what he begins to do with Atlanta via the lyrics of this track. With surgical precision, Bains stitches collectively the various tensions in our metropolis’s id, from earnings inequality and the disappearance of inexpensive housing to the wealthy smells and tastes of our meals to the too-often unsung and un-memorialized historical past of this metropolis’s heroes. 

There are nods to the Nineteenth-century washerwomen strike and the Summerhill protests towards police brutality of the Nineteen Sixties (which, sure, are hauntingly related right now). There’s a shout to Taylor Alxndr with Southern Fried Queer Satisfaction. There’s additionally an acknowledgment of how huge swaths of largely Black-owned properties within the Nineteen Sixties and ‘80s have been destroyed to construct stadiums for the Atlanta Braves (a group that then deserted its Atlanta house altogether in favor of Cobb County).

As with a lot of Bains’ writing, these truths arrive via poetic tapestry: “In a darkish nook of the museum / Removed from the blazing company marketing campaign of a metropolis too busy to hate / A silver photograph exhibits a mess swelling the candy black avenue  / The place now the rents are wish to make you faint.” This marks the third single that Lee Bains + The Glory Fires has forward of the discharge of the album Outdated Time People, which formally drops right now. The band is on tour and can return to house turf on August 27 with a present at The Earl.


Kilo Ali | “America Has a Drawback (Cocaine)”

Bankhead rapper Kilo Ali was solely 17 years outdated in 1990 when he launched his debut album. Quick ahead 32 years, and that album, and this track, received a jolt of recent curiosity this week due to Queen Bey herself, who sampled this track, our Classic Monitor of the Week, on her equally titled “America Has a Drawback,” produced by Atlanta native The-Dream. It’s a part of Beyoncé’s epic new album, Renaissance, her first studio album because the 2016 masterpiece, Lemonade.

In 1997, Ali labored with Massive Boi from OutKast to supply the hilariously direct and risqué “Love In Ya Mouth,” which was an enormous hit. Sadly, issues took a gargantuan downturn from there. In 2005, Ali was convicted of burning down his personal home and sentenced to fifteen years in jail. He served six of these years earlier than getting an early launch in 2011. And since returning to regular life, the primary headlines he appears to have garnered have been round a lawsuit he introduced final 12 months towards NLE Choppa for copyright infringement. 

It’s unclear how Ali feels about this sudden catapult again into the celebrity stratosphere, due to one of the highly effective and profitable pop icons of all time. However, hey, on condition that we’ve already lived via a 12 months through which Kate Bush out of the blue grew to become No 1 on the Billboard charts due to Stranger Issues, something is feasible.


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