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Free Album: @JahzelMusic - "In God's Image"
Posted by Steve Juon at Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at 6:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article



Free Album: Jahzel - "In God's Image"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Chicago's musical landscape is built around clear binaries, just like the city from which it has grown. While Jahzel draws from the soulfulness of the city's musical past, he is focused on showing the full range of his artistic complexity, contradictions and all, and breaking down possible categorizations.



"As a human being, I go through a range of emotions. Some days I might feel righteous, some days I might feel braggadocious," he says. "I wanted to communicate that range on In God's Image," his new album that drops today. This range is mirrored by the musical influences that pop up throughout the album, from breezy jazz to torturous soul to trunk-rattling trap-this melange comes together around his stories, giving them each their space.

As the album came together, Jahzel felt the difference from his previous works: "I took this serious as more of a full album release, while my last project Jet Lag was a true mixtape." The care is evident as he taps into the different strands of his city, collaborating with Noelz Vedere, Mathien, A-Cross, Meagan McNeal, and Whitney Rene. The project also features extensive collaboration with Maybach Music Group/Wale producer Tone P.

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