SoulTrain.com: Soundcheck-Preach Jacobs
This has been a good year for music so far. So many artists came back to the scene with good music that you actually wanted to play from beginning to end. The others were new-comers, bringing fresh sounds to your ears. Remember the time when rap music used to be fun, all about the party, carefree, conscious with a message, and laid over dope, soulful beats? Well, this is what you get when you listen to Preach Jacobs–emcee, journalist and photographer hailing from Columbia, South Carolina.
Maple St. Sessions blends Neo-Soul and Funk-inspired Hip Hop that’s reminiscent of the classic sounds of the Native Tongues era. Preach is slowly evolving into a modern-day renaissance man when it comes to good music, and is on the brink of a busy 2010. His EP, Maple St. Sessions, with London-based producer Denz, has garnered critical acclaim in both the print and digital music media.
The video for the single “Falling” has gotten attention for being an honest and humble expression of Hip Hop culture. The video also recently won an ADDY Award for outstanding video media and is slated to be featured on all the major video outlets. The project was released on UK-based label R2 Records with Preach touring London and Japan in support of the album.
After listening to Maple St. Sessions it was a pretty easy decision to pass this on to you. With its head-nodding beats and smooth flow, it is the kind of music that should be passed on to friends. In terms of lyrics, Preach is yet another example of conscious Hip Hop that is both unique and pleasant to the ear. He plans to follow the release with Maple St. Sessions by launching his own label, Sounds Familiar Records. With this imprint, he can focus on releasing his passion projects digitally as well as being an outlet for like-minded artists in his home town, with prospects to expand to the Southeast.
His latest scheduled projects include an EP with 4Hero member Marc Mac entitled Passport, along with a project with DJ Vadim and a follow-up to Maple St. Sessions with Denz. Pop music is a here-today-gone-tomorrow world, but good music will never die. Preach is tired of waiting on others to decide his fate and now is determined to forge his own path into Hip Hop Soul’s elite circles.
Check out the video for “Falling”.