As in the immortal words of Monty Python, “and now for something completely different.”
“Pearl” is a funky, uptempo, clubbish rework of the rock-heavy original by Brooklyn’s Tamar-kali, who has been getting down with her brand of punk/rock for a while now, led by a strong voice and enjoyably eclectic image. “Pearl” is the latest single from Tamar-kali, an artist featured in the James Spooner documentary Afro-Punk, and gets the club-friendly remix treatment while welcoming a quick vocal assault by Jean Grae (previously named one of our “5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn’t Suck“).
The video, is smoothly directed, shot and edited by Hemamset Angaza, whose work we have previously featured [Top $ Raz - "No Tears" - Warren Britt, YC The Cynic, J Monopoly "In The City" and "In The City (Manny Faces Remix)"].
Jean Grae, meanwhile, is keeping her legion of fans eagerly awaiting her next release, Cake or Death, which may be slated for a March release. If her recent collaboration with Talib Kweli, the fiery “Uh Oh,” from Kweli’s last release Gutter Rainbows, March can’t come soon enough.
That all being said, there are those of us who traverse this site who have tastes wider than hip hop, and the upbeat, J Mage-produced, “Pearl” remix by Tamar-kali is, we think, pretty dope on it’s own. Add in Ms. Grae, and this is something you’ll want to have in the ol’ iPod for those slam dancin’ nights.