Gene Williams

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Gene Williams is a one-man act mixing hip-hop, rap, and jazz in an effective way. Williams mainly uses keyboards, drums, and samples as means of expression. The keyboard doodling and the various electronic noises keeps the listener engaged, and the drums are programmed cleverly to keep the listener moving. The sung vocals don't fit in well all the time, given that they're sometimes too low in the mix. The sampled vocals, on the other hand, are done extremely well especially on the title track where Williams samples Freddie Mercury and Aretha Franklin, and on Ised Jazz which samples Humphrey Bogart, Michael Jackson, and Herbie Hancock. This might sound somewhat of an extreme mix of styles, but Williams blends them harmoniously with the keyboards and the drums. This is definitely worth checking out if you're into innovative hip-hop.

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