J.COLE – VILLE MENTALITY (PRODUCED BY RON GILMORE)
Today we talk about the most discussed album of the moment: 4 Your Eyez Only.
The fourth studio album by Dreamville rapper J.Cole is generating a lot of buzz and honestly we can assert it represents a cathartic sonic experience in terms of lyrics,sounds and topics covered.
The excellent follow-up to double platinum Forest Hill Drive revolves around social topics such as police brutality,racial injustice,mass incarceration and the frustrations of the black communities.
J.Cole surrounds himself with bright musicians and producers in order to give form,substance and coherence to his new project, so it would be unfair not to mention the fleet of genius behind 4 Your Eyez Only: Social Experiment members Nico Segal and Peter Cottontale, The Internet affiliate Steve Lacy,rising r&b singer Ari Lennox,canadian super producers Boi-1da and Frank Dukes,hitmakers Cardiak,Childish Major and Vinylz.
We highly recommend to purhcase 4 Your Eyez Only and to convince y’all we serve you up one the most interesting pieces of the entire album: Ville Mentality.
The song is finely produced by Dreamville in-house producer Ron Gilmore , a super-talented keyboardist and sonic-architect which had the pleasure to work with Lauryn Hill among others.In April Mr.Gilmore dropped his solo project called The Maturation of Little Ron
But Ville Mentality represents a majestic work thanks also the precious contribution of incredible musicians which guaranteed a high standard of quality through their creative approach and their mastery.
Brooklyn duo Chargaux , have played an important role on the almost entire project. Composed by viola musician Jasmin “Charly” Charles and violinist Margaux Whitney, together they re-encoded the conventional use of classical instruments to bring to you something fresh,original and exciting and earning the attention of hip-hop moguls such as Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole. We had the pleasure to see them at Sofar New York two years ago and they really blew our mind.
Along side Ron Gilmore and Chargaux , we can also contemplate the skills of Florida trumpeter, vocalist, composer and bandleader Theo Croker (which appeared on Common last effort Black America Again).
The trumpeter attempts to broaden the appeal of jazz music to a larger audience,encompassing different genres like hip-hop and we have to say the final result is simply sublime!