James Poyser presents The ReBel Yell- Love & War

BBE / Rapster ushers in one of the world’s A-list R&B / hip hop producers, James Poyser, for The ReBeL Yell, a jaw-dropping new project alongside Khari Ferrari Mateen (The Roots, J*DaVeY, Skillz) and vocalist SupaStar. For those unfamiliar, Poyser is behind some of the great names in contemporary black music and an important part of Philadelphia’s new soul heritage, having produced and written for everyone from Common, Jill Scott and The Roots to Al Green, Talib Kweli and Queen Latifah, and is a member of the Soulquarians alongside Questlove, J Dilla (RIP), Bilal, Common & D’Angelo. He can also be seen on TV playing keys for The Roots as part of Jimmy Fallon’s house band.
Teaming up with Mateen and SupaStar, Poyser starts with a blank sheet and moves light years on from the standard R&B template for an album with an anything-goes twinkle in its eye. “Strawberry Fields”-era Beatles psychedelia gets pitched into fidgety urban grooves; electro booty beats meet dark, System-inspired synths, a la “Don’t Disturb This Groove“; hazy live band tracks get dotted into the mix and production techniques and sounds more readily associated with house music get lifted and re-appropriated in entirely new ways.
Rebel Yell enlists a suitably eclectic range of Philly’s younger generation on vocals with featured artists including fresh Columbia signing Nikki Jean, The Roots protégé Dice Raw, alt-rockers PAttyCraSH and video director-turned-singer Domini Quinn SupaStar, a revelation on lead vocal duties.
All the tracks on Love & War feature SupaStar on vocals. A Philly resident with a rich history in the local scene, SupaStar has ties to Jill Scott, The Roots, Boyz 2 Men and 3 Times Dope, and is featured on the track “I Don’t Care” from the Roots’ album The Tipping Point. On the back of this relationship with the crew, Poyser started giving tracks for SupaStar to write to, and The Rebel Yell project was born.
You can’t categorize this album – it’s misfit R&B, taking a stand against black music stereotypes and life’s clichés as well, a rebel yell against uniformity and rulebooks. And, under Poyser’s disciplined direction, it’s a revolution for everyone
Please go to their Myspace page and check out the tracks that are in the player. This is a multi genre mash up that far surpasses others of its kind!

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