Beach Recordings has a golden hand in combining jazz with hip hop, rap
and R&B. Their Unwrapped series has gained a solid place in the
heart of many fans. Unwrapped Volume 6 - Give The Drummer Some! features
drummer extraordinaire Tony Royster Jr., who is currently touring with
Jay Z and has played with prestigious artists such as P. Diddy, T.I.,
Jay Holiday, and en Vogue. The album was produced by Tony and Brody
Tony Royster Jr. performed drums and
drum programming, while Brody played keys and bass. Additional
musicians are Kay-ta Matsuno (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keys), Dante
Jackson (keys & programming), Cat Daddy (bass & bass programming),
Johnny Britt (trumpet, flugelhorn), Tracy Carter (keys & programming)
and Tommy Organ (guitar).
Unwrapped Vol. 6 covers 10
groundbreaking hits of the hip hop, rap and R&B scene with a smashing
new approach. The album already received high acclaims at Amazon after
the launch in November 2009. Unlike Vol. 1-4 Unwrapped Volume 6
and its predecessor Volume 5 don't stretch out to contemporary
jazz. Keep in mind that most of the songs have nothing in common with
jazz but offer unusual instrumental renditions on a very high level.
Blame It, taken from Jamie
Foxx's third album Intuition (2009), finds a new grandiose
installment on this album. The vocal part originally by singer T-Pain
is replaced by a gorgeous distortion guitar. The bass is darker and
Tony Royster Jr. bursts out with a superior drum beat.
Dragostea din tei (2004), better
known as The Numa Numa Song or Ma Ya Hi, was an
enormous successful single by the Moldovan pop group O-Zone in
Europe. Live Your Life (2008) is an American adaption by rapper
T.I. featuring Barbadian Pop singer Rihanna. Best set in sound on
Lollipop from Lil Wayne's sixth
studio album, Tha Carter III, features the late RnB artist Static
Major. Cleansed of the vocals this version offers the pure melody, a
keyboard blast! Every Girl by rap supergroup Young Money
Entertainment from their debut collaboration album We Are
Young Money is the ground melody for Tony Royster Jr.'s terrific
Best I Ever Had from Canadian
rapper Drake's EP, So Far Gone finds its equivalent on
keyboards. This is a song with a certain appeal for smooth jazz fans.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Beyoncé's expression of
female empowerment is answered on this album by male vocals. Long live
the effects of auto-tuned vocals. But always is the overdosed use of
such effects somehow the contrary to alluring.
An instrumental rendition of Keri
Hilson's Turnin' Me On reveals the hypnotic groove of this
song. A flashback to the funk of Cameo or George Clinton is the cover
of De La Soul's Me, Myself, And I. Renditions of Soulja Boy
Tell 'Em's Turn My swag On and Craig Mack's Flava In Ya Ear
are the final songs of this album. Johnny Britt's muted trumpet is
just off the hook.
Hidden Beach Recordings'
Unwrapped Volume 6 is certainly a turning away from the
previous jazz infected hip hop of Vol. 1-4, but it's a
comprehensible decision to blend more popular styles into the beloved
and acclaimed Unwrapped series and I must admit, Tony Royster
Jr. did a fantastic job!
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Title: Unwrapped Volume 6 - Give The Drummer
Some Ft. Tony Royster Jr.
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Hidden Beach Recordings
01 Blame It [4:04]
02 Live Your Life [4:51]
03 Lollipop [4:10]
04 Every Girl [4:34]
05 Best I Ever Had [4:49]
06 Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) bonus track [3:12]
07 Turnin' Me On [3:31]
08 Me, Myself, And I [3:22]
09 Turn My swag On [4:07]
10 Flava In Ya Ear [5:09]
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