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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Exclusive Premiere: Lateef The Truthspeaker and DJ Shadow Team Up for "Say What You Want"

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

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  • Lateef the Truthspeaker

Lateef the Truthspeaker is a prince of Bay Area hip-hop -- as a member of the Quannum collective, he's worked with DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and numerous other local greats. Lateef recently dropped a new album, Firewire, and we're pleased to premiere a new track off of it called "Say What You Want," with brilliant production by DJ Shadow. Over layers of jazzy drums, a warm, bendy bassline, and intermittent mumbles of guitar, Lateef issues a mellow statement about honesty and sincerity, firing up for a rap verse toward the end. It feels here like Shadow and Lateef twisted psych-funk into hip-hop, then stitched those loose threads into a simmering, whispered rebuke. Download the result after the jump.

Say What You Want (Prod. by DJ Shadow) by quannumprojects

Lateef the Truthspeaker performs with Lyrics Born as Latyrx Nov. 25 and 26 at the Independent. His new album, Firewire, is out now on Quannum.

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