Generation Y, our generation, is consistently being understood by the intellectuals of Hip-Hop; this week our honorary speaker is Nico Segal. With the most recent release of his EP, Illasoul: shades of blue, Nico has gifted us with a project that companions our journey, or should I say trip. This intoxicated reputation that our generation are the blame for is a sign of our redefinition of life. Shades of blue, a revisit to the music of J. Dilla, is Nico’s first-hand account of the mental travels of Generation Y.
Somewhere in Chicago the most promising band has its members contorting their bodies a few more times before it pries open the mouths of audiences across the world. Whether the gesture be frantic fingertips of an emcee, a rattling head of a saxophone player, or a subtle hand-to-thigh clap of a singer, the soul of their music contains a contagious rapture that even the creators cannot even subdue. They call themselves Kids These Days, a befitting name since most of their members are still high school. Everything’s included: Greg Landfair Jr. (Drums), Lane Beckstrom (Bass) JP Floyd (Trombone), Nico Segal (Trumpet), Rajiv Halim (Saxophones), Liam Cunningham (Guitar/Vocals), Vic Mensa (Emcee), Macie Stewart (Vocals). Whipping all their ingredients for delivery, KTD stuffs HipHopSoulJazz down the throats of a progressively irrelevant youth culture.