Jelani Blackman Premieres New Song ”When You Feel It” on BBC Radio 1
London-based rapper Daniel Jelani Sie-Blackman, aka Jelani Blackman premiered a new song ”When You Feel It” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Jack Saunders.
The song is taken from his upcoming album ”The Heart of It”, which is set to be released on November 10, 2023.
Also, the track follows up “Rise” featuring Irish singer-songwriter Biig Piig, but is his first solo single in two years.
The new album comprises 15-track, featuring guest appearances from Biig Piig, Bob Vylan, Mavica, and Kojey Radical.
Jelani Blackman told Jack Saunders about the album, ”For me, it kind of encompassed all this energy that you'd like people know me for, but I'm pushing it and I'm doing some new stuff and it felt really good.”
He added, ”So my friend said to me once these people don't listen to music to be educated, because otherwise they'd read book, it is really true. But like if you can kind of weave it in to the energy and be so honest, and that feels right.”
The track was written by Daniel Jelani Sie-Blackman, Danio Forni, and Chris Andoh.
Jelani Blackman said of the song in a statement, ”The Heart of It for me is finding love and truth in a world filled with greed and hypocrisy. t's one of the most important tracks on the album. The energy when we made it was what gave me clarity about the whole project, and I'm so happy that I took the step and didn't hold back with my range in the chorus. The song is all about letting go when the feeling comes, whatever it is that gives you that feeling. Music, love, even food. It's kind of its own explanation. For me this tune is one of the best reflections of who I am and what I can do; no one else could have made this tune.”
He told Jack Saunders about the song, ”For me, lyrics have always been like, key and I write a lot, generally. So I feel like it's important to be able to communicate as much as possible because that's really what people stick with sticks with people that as much as people love the music. This is the worst that single people in there. That's why I focus on it. I think love actually was talked about a lot. Frustration, I guess, and they're kind of where they meet in the middle. And not just frustration and love but frustration at where we're at and the times that we're in.”
He continued, ”And kind of realize actually, when things are you're going through the process, it's not as cut and dry as people like to think it's not it's not black and white. Like it is when you're when you're 15 or whatever, and you just are in anything and it's over. And when you decide that you like someone in it starts kind of because it goes on and it overlaps. And there's lots to it. So there's lots to talk about.”
He added, ”I guess, especially with love because that's not what people really know me for. So I think it's always a risk to introduce people to a new part of yourself, but I am a complicated person. So I feel like if I'm going to do an album, I need to introduce different parts of myself into that as well.”
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- source : BBC Radio 1