BiographyBorn during the hip-hop movement, Jaspects integrates their youthful skill to progress
music and build a bridge between musical genres. Formally trained alumni of Morehouse
College’s music department, Jaspects’ goal is to produce an exhaustive musical experience
that involves TRUE freedom of expression via musical and lyrical creativity.
Jaspects’ latest album The Polkadotted Stripe embodies Jaspects’ thesis as it interrogates
the idea of musical, social, and political freedom. The concept of the group’s fourth effort
procures from the world of fashion. Delving deep into research, Jaspects learned that the
fashion truth bastardizing the marriage of polka dots and stripes is man-made. Therefore,
Jaspects’ The Polkadotted Stripe inquires: “What is truth?” Upon much discussion and
studying, Jaspects recognized that in most instances reality is well, relative. With that in
mind, The Polkadotted Stripe defined is someone or something that debunks the notion of
“PDS’” single "Unifunk" is an example of Jaspects’ trademark genre-bending production.
Techno meshed with soulful horns, a grooving bass line, and T. Brown's futuristic vocoder
stylings engulf "Unifunk" and provide an opportunity for serious social commentary to
entrench the listener during this dancer's delight. "Unifunk's" lyrics focus on the state of
the world today and spread the message of unity through "universal funk" or "Unifunk."
Jaspects works to rescue the concept of musicianship while breaking down the structural
constraints of hip-hop. The band promotes the idea that the culture of hip-hop can support
an entity that focuses on musical depth without ostracizing the mainstream fan of the
genre. Jaspects uses music as a change agent in ways pioneers such as Public Enemy, Erykah
Badu, and Marvin Gaye have. The message conveyed by Jaspects remains consistent, "make
your music mean something to the world at-large."
The band operates out of Atlanta and consists of T. Brown (Memphis, TN), Jon-Christopher
Sowells (Dallas), drummer Henry “HC3” Conerway, III (Detroit), Dwayne “Spacey” Dugger
(Queens, NY), Stagolee (Aniston, AL), and King James (Stamford, CT). In addition to PDS,
Jaspects has released three other independent albums: In ‘House’ Sessions (2005),
Broadcasting the Definition (2006), and Double Consciousness (2007).
Individually, Jaspects’ works have appeared in the 2005 major motion picture “Hustle &
Flow,” on Chamillionaire’s platinum albums “Chamillitary” and “Sound of Revenge,” on
Carlos Santana’s “All That I Am,” and with platinum recording artists David Banner, Wyclef
Jean, Big Boi (“Kryptonite”), and Mary J. Blige (“Just Fine”). Collectively, Jaspects has
shared bills with: Dwele, Bilal, Mike Phillips, Herbie Hancock, Eric Roberson, Stevie
Wonder, Brian McKnight, and rap phoneme Drake. Jaspects has also collaborated with
Grammy-nominated artists Janelle Monae, PJ Morton and Anthony David, in addition to
Kedar Entertainment act Algebra, and Good Music’s Fonzworth Bentley.
CNN featured four selections of Jaspects’ music on their 2008 documentary “Black in
America.” Jaspects is a two-time selection for “Best Atlanta Band” by Creative Loafing
newspaper (2007 and 2008) and “Future of Jazz” winners (2006 and 2007) for the Atlanta
Jazz Festival. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts featured Jaspects in
January 2009 as a headliner for the Millennium Stage Series.
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|Revolution The Encryption||Lyrical||Jaspects||5141|
|One Last Cry Before I Say...||Instrumental||Jaspects||5221|
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