The Unauthorized Playlist

André Akinyele

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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.

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.

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