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Review: Shape of Broad Minds, “Craft of the Lost Art”

Shape of Broad Minds is the latest project from rising MC/producer Jneiro Jarel. With features from MF Doom, Count Bass D, Stacy Epps and Lil Sci, Craft of the Art is his most ambitious album to date. Continue reading

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Jneiro Jarel introduces Shape of Broad Minds

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After much MySpace hype, hard-working New York producer-rapper Omar Gilyard is debuting his latest creation: Shape of Broad Minds. The man known as Jneiro Jarel has assembled a supporting cast that includes Atlanta rapper Panama Black, Houston multi-instrumentalist Jawwaad and, schizophrenically, a few alternate Jneiro personalities named Rocque Wun and Dr. Who Dat.

The group’s first release is The Blue Experience EP, a teaser that hits July 17 and features the lead single "Let’s Go" with MF Doom. After that comes Craft of the Lost Art, a long player featuring guest appearances from Count Bass D, Lil Sci, Stacy Epps and Deborah Jordan. It arrives via Lex Records on September 4, and the track listing is below.

"It’s basically Jneiro Jarel plus," he told the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this year. "When you have one name, people expect whatever they’ve heard from you in the past. But if you go by these different aliases, they know to expect [different styles] from you."

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Lex’s 2007 itinerary: Jneiro Jarel, Neon Neon, Doom & Ghost

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Cutting-edge British imprint Lex Records has unveiled its lineup for 2007. On deck for new albums are Jneiro Jarel, Kid Acne, Neon Neon (a collaboration between Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) and Fog. None of them have release dates, but are slated to come out during the next several months.

Lex also holds UK rights to the highly anticipated Ghostface Killah and MF Doom collabo, Swift & Changeable. The album has been delayed for nearly a year, undoubtedly to the politics involved in dropping an independent album by two of hip-hop’s most coveted artists. But everyone promises that it will finally come out this year. Nature Sounds has the U.S. rights, but Lex’s version should entice American trainspotters who like its amazing album covers. The label also hints that a new Danger Doom EP similar to last year’s Occult Hymn will soon arrive.

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