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As hip hop tries to untangle itself from the ‘Hair Metal’ phase, new voices like Oklahoma City rapper Jabee bring the beat back to basics.

This Cadence-produced single ‘Dreams’,  comes from the new album ‘Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt’.  The song opens gently with a haunting piano that floats throughout, even after the entry of the boom-bap.  The song evokes feelings of innocence lost and renewed focus on the future. Jabee’s experience as a youth is portrayed in his delivery (names from Ronald Reagan to Malcolm X are dropped). So as the re-birth of cool continues, add Jabee to your list of MC’s to watch in 2014.

About P.Downes

A Los Angeles-based Bajan, rude boy from Boston, P. Downes (Writer/Film & Independent Music Editor) is a card-carrying music and comic book geek with dreams of making movies. He's a published comic book writer, most notably "Killer Ape and Other City Stories," a collaboration with Greg Moutafis about a black, punk band who comes of age on the night of the LA Riots. Rumor has it that he types his articles in Spider-man Underoos for good luck.

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