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Sly5thAve drops latest single 'Let Me Ride feat. Jimetta Rose'

Published: Wed 25th Oct, 2017

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer Sly5thAve drops lead single “Let Me Ride feat. Jimetta Rose” from his upcoming album.

Sly5thAve’s arrangement in “Let Me Ride feat. Jimetta Rose” ignites hip hop samples which are guided by the orchestra’s tightly-knit explorations and the soaring, soulful voice of Jimetta Rose, whilst pushing back against rigid genre constraints. Speaking about the significance of the samples in the original, Sly5thave explains: “My parents played a lot of Parliament and Funkadelic when I was growing up and “Mothership Connection” was something I was familiar with from an early age.”

A true West-coaster herself, and a good friend from touring with Sly5thAve, Rose truly owns the role; adding a new layer of authenticity to the track, her vocals undulate and take hold on the sublime journey of “Let Me Ride”. Interpreting the lyrics Sly5thAve says: “When Jimetta’s singing “Let Me Ride” she’s singing ‘let me be, get off my back, stop killing us, locking us up and making money of our backs; stop treating me a certain way’ that’s how I feel it”. The impetus behind reclaiming a safe space is put forth in the subtext of his upcoming project, which like the music of N.W.A, calls out against excessive force used by the police and racism. He elaborates: “We’ve lost so many lives at the hands of police brutality, which hits especially close to home for me as a young black man”.

In the longer playing “Let Me Ride feat. Jimetta Rose (Extended Version)” Sly5thAve and company allow more time to build up a deeply funky dialogue which breaks out into an epic cosmic freak-out. “We were aiming to make it sound like we were jamming live, having a good time. It’s a party track – something you would play at a block party” Sly5thAve recalls.

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