Friday 25 Apr
 
 

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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Jabee — Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt


Joshua Boydston December 30th, 2013

Few Oklahoma emcees have enjoyed the local spotlight that Jabee has. Thanks to his lyrical prowess and underdog mentality, the Oklahoma City emcee is quickly becoming appreciated by those outside the hip-hop scene as well as those inside it.

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Jabee has, in turn, proven to be a worthy ambassador for the state and to its youth, one who has been chomping at the bit to stretch his legs beyond its borders. That turn comes with Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, released nationally through the Murs 316 imprint, owned by renowned LA emcee Murs. The underdog steps up to the plate, too, delivering a polished effort as adept at hip-hop touchstones as pushing the envelope in new directions.


Jubilant, R&B-tinged opener “EWBANH” plays by the book, but its successor, “Dreams,” rolls the dice a little more liberally with a classical piano riff pierced with timeless rap percussion. “G’s Era” and “Don’t Love Back” bear a similar sonic flavor, one that “Knock Knock” and the El-P-produced “Stephanie” crunch up into club-friendly bangers. The latter is especially potent.


However, “Push” and “Uncle Curtis” might be the true highlights; they’re dark, smoky selections that twist the blues into modern times much in the way The Black Keys and Friends (Raekwon, RZA and more) did with recording project Blakroc.


The genre-defying “On My Way to Heaven” ― built upon a folk song written by Horse Thief’s Cameron Neal ― brings the album to a close on a brave note, one that feels all too appropriate for Jabee as he gets his long-deserved chance to play beyond Oklahoma, championing its sensibilities all the same.


Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt is available now on iTunes.


 
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