Jai Nitai Lotus – Acknowledgement [Mixtape] & Noir [Video] ft. Vox Sambou, Sam I Am & Kenlo

They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Jai Nitai Lotus is a rare breed, especially in rap music, and we’re happy to have listened to his new Acknowledgement mixtape, praising the most high as well as the fellow artists who have helped forge who he is today.

This month, Jai Nitai Lotus had an amazing launch party for Acknowledgement, a mixtape that carries the weight of a full feature album. The launch was one of this year’s best shows I’ve seen so far this year, and part of it was thanks to the talented musicians in his entourage who helped build up a great vibe on stage. Lotus’s raw energy was constantly being challenged by the artists around him, but he kept raising the bar until the show was over. That says a lot about the rapper/producer’s humility, the fact that he could let others bring something significant to the table without feeling threatened by their presence.

Acknowledgement, inspired by a song from John Coltrane bearing the same name, is at the crossroads between jazz and boom bap, and it carries a message of spiritual emancipation. Some of the productions are his, while other come from legendary producers such as Kanye West, Madlib, Haitus Kaiyote and Alaclair Ensemble’s Kenlo. The first single, Honest, takes Pusha T’s Numbers on the Boards and gives it value, not monetary but spiritual.

 

Noir, the latest single from the mixtape was produced by Kenlo and features Nomadic Massive’s Vox Sambou and Sam I Am Montolla. Take a look at the video:

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