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Have You Heard Of: La Melodia

In Netherlands on October 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

I know I just recently covered the Netherlands, but I’ve decided to make a return visit to highlight up-and-coming rap duo La Melodia. I saw them live at a global hip-hop showcase this past week at CMJ in New York City and loved their blend of old-school hip-hop, bossa nova, and soul. It was especially nice to see such a self-assured and spunky rapper in the form of MC Melodee since there seems to be a dearth of female rappers in the mainstream American rap scene.

Melodee and DJ/producer INT met and first started collaborating in the Dutch city of Eindhoven; they began by opening their own record store and taking a DIY approach to their musical career (this included making their own sound systems). After landing a European tour with Oh No, Wildchild and Percee P, they released their debut album Vibing High, first in Japan and eventually across Europe and the United States. Today they reside in the capital of Amsterdam and are currently working on completing their sophomore album which they hope to release by the end of the year.

After their performance at 92Y in TriBeCa, in which their setlist included both older songs and new, as-of-yet unreleased material, I decided to purchase Vibing High. I was definitely not disappointed; featuring 20 songs of warm, retro hip-hop it offers up a refreshing change of pace from the generic ringtone rap that tends to dominate stateside. Sonically it is far closer to Little Jackie than, say, Soulja Boy or DMX. With their laid-back rhymes and soulful beats, this is music for cruising through a city on a hot summer afternoon. I can’t recommend it enough, especially to fans of retro hip-hop.