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The Unauthorized Playlist

by Andre Akinyele

Released 2016
Orange River Records
Released 2016
Orange River Records
With pristine vocal arrangements, this underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic album takes cues from contemporary visionaries, such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo, to create a distinctive consciousness.
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A radical in his own right, reclusive musician André Akinyele defied stereotypical genres long ago to focus on his diverse musicality, a conscious rejection of mainstream conformism. Almost two decades into his music career, André Marcel Ajamu Akinyele remains a magnetic and viable presence in the music industry. With pristine vocal arrangements on top of an ol' skool vibe, The Unauthorized Playlist uses underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic sounds to explore the madness of keeping secrets, the anger of friendship betrayal, and the rise of self-empowerment. A worthy contrast to his earlier works—including Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (2015) and The Potomac Syndrome (2012), as well as his jazz/funk efforts with his band Gemini Soul and rock band Looking for Lester—The Unauthorized Playlist takes cues from contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and "neo-soul" visionaries, such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo, to create a distinctive consciousness. The Unauthorized Playlist is also sexy, direct, and intimate with songs like "After Dark," "Turnin' Me To Stay," and "Midnight," with the latter evoking R&B/Soul singer Maxwell. The Unauthorized Playlist backs away from the typical mixtape scheme and introduces a playlist concept. Put on your headphones and bounce, as The Unauthorized Playlist is one of André Akinyele's most electrifying, eccentric works.

Album Credits: Executive produced by André Akinyele with guest features by MV, LoLo, Big Mike, Lil O, DJ Glo, GDP, and FV.

DISCOGRAPHY

Marcel:
The Diary of Marcel (1998)
Spice: The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience (2001)
Uptown : 2025 A.D. (2003)
Uptown : 2025 E.P. The Remixes (2004)
Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 (2004)

Ajamu Akinyele:
Supernova (2005)
Black Magic: The Cyber Jazz Experience (2006)

Andre Akinyele:
The Potomac Syndrome (2012)
Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (2015)
The Metal Skin and Ivory Birds Remixes (2015)
The Unauthorized Playlist (2016)

Gemini Soul featuring Ajamu Akinyele:
A Cyber Jazz Holiday (2005)
Liquid Soul (2007)
Live: The Liquid Soul Tour (2007)
The Nefertiti Xperience (2008)
Dark Skin Babies : The Movement (2009)
Willona's Boutique (2015)

About

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer André Akinyele has recorded under the names Marcel and Ajamu Akinyele, exploring multiple music genres. He is the bandleader and bassist of the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Looking for Lester, as well as the vocalist and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush. He is also the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.

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