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Aloe Blacc: Good Things

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"My purpose for music is positive social change," says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. "Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will." He is speaking in general terms regarding his career, but more specifically about the circumstances surrounding his upcoming album, Good Things, co-written by the versatile vocalist and songwriter in conjunction with the in-house production team at Truth & Soul Records.

Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions-joblessness, homeless, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large under which we all function, but some struggle to survive. Song titles such as "You Make Me Smile" and "Miss Fortune," coupled with airy, ethereal production from Truth & Soul's Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman mask a foreboding undercurrent in which Aloe crafts lyrics both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead single, "I Need a Dollar"-commissioned by HBO as the theme music for the series How to Make It in America-because ultimately, that is how to make it in America.

The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe has become what writer and activist Amiri Baraka (nee Leroi Jones) once said of John Coltrane. He is a singular "scope of feeling...a more fixed traveler" who has found cohesion in art and life. The path from his 2006 debut, the multi-genre Shine Through, to Good Things is akin to the maturation of Marvin Gaye between That's the Way Love Is and the What's Going On masterwork that followed. Aloe has never purported to be any heir to Gaye, but musically, Good Things and What's Going On are companion pieces as both albums establish a character for the artists that sets them apart from the sea of performers making very vivid and discernible-yet normative and conformist-statements about who they are and what they do. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul.

At the heart of this musical character is a recession-age Robin Hood, whose goal is to sell and profit from his wares with hope of freeing the less fortunate from the capitalist system that serves as both their oppressor and his motivation. A 2001 graduate of the University of Southern California, Aloe credits a myriad of influences-transcendentalist scholars Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, French existentialism, Oprah Winfrey, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West-with leading him from the inner streams of consciousness he possessed as an MC early in his career, to a more disciplined approach to songwriting, and now, the desire to affect change and induce compassion by way of his own success. It is his grand scheme, which, not coincidentally, is also the name of his backing band (The Grand Scheme). The key is compromise and understanding the power of popular art. Aloe is willing to put the gloves on and engage in the marketplace. Good things lie ahead.

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1. I Need A Dollar
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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2. Green Lights
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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3. Hey Brother
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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4. Miss Fortune
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5. Life So Hard
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6. Take Me Back
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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7. Femme Fatale
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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8. Loving You Is Killing Me
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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9. Good Things
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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10. You Make Me Smile
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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11. If I
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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12. Mama Hold My Hand
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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13. Politician (Reprise)
Producers: Jeff Dynamite; Leon Michels
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Total Comments: 27
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/24/2010 6:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 161.160.10)
Location: lost wages
Comment: Whoa, mind blowing music. With respect and reverence, this sounds like al green, meets bill withers, meets david axelrod. THIS IS WHAT CLASSIC SOUL MUSIC.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/29/2010 1:23:00 AM; Partial IP: 117.238.78)
Location: Az
Comment: This guy is the shit, man!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/26/2010 7:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 101.21.175)
Location: ohio
Comment: i bump it all from Big L to well this guy...if you love hip hop gotta love and respect what and where it came from and this takes ya there with a modern flare good shit
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/4/2010 5:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 252.20.219)
Location: ONE
Comment: Good Things is good music. Much love.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/4/2010 2:57:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: LARS told you is banging!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/27/2010 9:43:00 PM; Partial IP: .23.115.86)
Location: earth
Comment: Lovely, one of the best soulful albums of our generation. I've been passing this CD out to even older folks, and they love it.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/26/2010 6:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 90.176.184)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/25/2010 2:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 41.212.216)
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/25/2010 5:33:00 AM; Partial IP: 181.17.100)
Location: Europe
Comment: Really feel the instrumentals except for Loving You is Killing Me...But Aloe I can't feel...don't like is voice...and whatever the idiot say this is gay lord music is a fucken retarded...go study the origins of HipHop. WORD
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/25/2010 12:25:00 AM; Partial IP: .134.31.85)
Location: NE Los Angeles
Comment: really feelin "Good Things"... It was worth the wait since "Shine Through"... Then again, anything out of STONES THROW is great music...Enjoy it
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2010 7:23:00 PM; Partial IP: .90.72.185)
Location: So-Cal
Comment: If you don't appreciate alloe blacc's music why do you even bother to listen, appreciate good music, Soul and Funk are the roots of how hip-hop was built by sampling.Aloee is just bringing that old style back. This is good music appreciate!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2010 3:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 100.224.61)
Location: orlando
Comment: this is official o.g. struggle shit right here.recognize the realness.this is music your daddy would approve of... if your daddy was a mother fuckin g. this is what it feels like to get sonned. go getcha daddy a drink and tell yo momma daddy be home soon.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2010 11:54:00 AM; Partial IP: .201.255.5)
Location: Wash DC
Comment: Whoever said this is gay lord music is gay himself.Aloe reminds me more of Sam Cooke rather Al Green.Dude is bringing that old school back with 21st century flavor
Name: (Posted: 9/21/2010 2:16:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Visalia, CA
Comment: ive been following aloe blacc now for quite a while and his music is something that everybody should listen to. mad homeage to aloe blacc!
Name: (Posted: 9/15/2010 9:54:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: I got the album advance and it is BANGING!!! BUY IT NOW
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2010 8:17:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: gaylord..LOL..that's so 1979! LMAO
Name: (Posted: 8/20/2010 11:02:00 AM; Partial IP: 45.141.130)
Location: Germany
Comment: Gay Lord Music??? :-D Biaaaatch! This is some real Shit - and full of samples for some nice Beats! Something (or everything!) is wrong with the Songlist. Song No. 3 is "Take me back" for example... Peace
Name: (Posted: 8/13/2010 11:44:00 AM; Partial IP: 161.39.251)
Location: de Lowa
Comment: blind rating: gay lord music type shit!
Name: (Posted: 8/13/2010 7:04:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Norway
Comment: wow its like a rebith of al green, this dude has real soul suport real music.
Name: (Posted: 8/11/2010 5:32:00 PM; Partial IP: .60.52.219)
Location: LA
Comment: velvet underground I love it
Name: (Posted: 8/11/2010 11:47:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Toronto
Comment: Out-finessing the MTV r&b cats with ease.
Name: (Posted: 8/10/2010 9:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 51.214.210)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: Holy mother of god, I almost shit myself on the first track. This is music right here. Sweet sweet pure harmonized amazing classic macadocious tunage. Rage on Aloe Blacc, rage on.
Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 1:15:00 AM; Partial IP: .165.11.87)
Location: south cali
Comment: really really dope album... mad soul. aloe blacc has mad talent much respect! 5 stars
Name: (Posted: 7/25/2010 4:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 43.157.251)
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Comment: Aloe Blacc is so dope, I need a dollar! Hey Brother! Take Me Back! So Hard! love it, GOOD MUSIC
Name: (Posted: 7/21/2010 8:58:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: I am looking forward to this! I need a Dollar....
Name: (Posted: 7/21/2010 2:55:00 AM; Partial IP: 21.141.145)
Location: the ox
Comment: i think thats the problem with some people who only listen to hiphop there not open minded,aloe blacc is much more than just one thing or just hiphop.keep on making good music
Name: (Posted: 7/19/2010 2:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 162.128.55)
Location: Chi
Comment: I really not looking forward to this album. I just want him and Ex to drop a new Emanon record.
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