Last night, King Malachi of The Dungeon Family, had a party for the album "King of Hip-Hop Soul", in Atlanta. The listening party was held at Mardi Gras Cafe and gathered the most loyal followers of King Malachi. In attendance were Atlanta's elite artists; Def Poets, Georgia ME and Tommy Bottoms, and fellow Dungeon Family rapper, Jawz of Life, to name a few. Greater to mention the god himself made his royal appearance and performed a local favorite, 'Hustle Boy'. In addition, King graced us with an acapella version of the single 'Stay Workin'; available on iTunes, a track on the upcoming 'Club Bangaz' album to be released in November, 2013.
Though his work exemplifies something new with every release, King Malachi, The King of Hip-Hop Soul is no newbie to Atlanta's underground Hip-Hop scene. He needs no introduction and doesn't hide behind features or ghostwriters. The entire album featured at the listening party was full of his regal vocals and he penned every word. The album only has one guest feature with Sy Ari Da Kid on 'Let Me Talk'. And, I couldn't see why it would need any others. The King in and of himself is like a whole industry of artist divinely packaged into one man. He is a quadruple threat. He can sing, dance, rap and move your spirit with his performance. Beyond remarkable - he's royalty in this game and has opened doors for many of the underground artist we hear today.
"King of Hip-Hop Soul" is an album that defines King Malachi as an artist that truly is passionate about his music; it's not all about the money! It's probably more about the music and his connection to his people that moves King Malachi the most and you can feel that in every song. The track 'Music' personifies this best, where he pays homage to the artist that inspired him. The album also expresses a new level of comfort "the King" has with himself, and solidifies a stronger inspirational bond with his audience. Finessing bars and melodic flow about his love for his work, with songs like 'Gotta Love It' and 'Don't Stop the Music'.
The "King of Hip-Hop Soul" deserves that title. His reign and sovereignty in Hip-Hop belong in the game indefinitely and soon will reach beyond the South East. There's nothing I think hip-hop needs more than music that actual inspires. For me, as well as, thousands of others that's what King Malachi grants his fans permission to do - BE INSPIRED by the MUSIC!
I remember what Beyonce said in her HBO documentary; "Life is But a Dream" - "people don't buy whole albums anymore", well here's your chance to ["people"]. This entire album is for those who want to press play and let it run from track 1 through 12.