Raashan Ahmad - Falling feat. Aloe Blacc and Gift Of Gab (Grant Phabao Remix) (Digital Single, 2015, Paris DJs)
California MC Raashan Ahmad used to be the front man for the live hip-hop group Crown City Rockers (formerly known as Mission) in the 2000s. Since then he's launched a succesful solo career culminating so far in 2013 with the neo-classic 'Ceremony' album.
Early 2014 he got in touch with Paris DJs, submitting a handful of songs for the French label's jazzy hip hop compilation 'Spirituality & The Supernatural', released in the following spring. Summer 2015 while on tour in France, Raashan Ahmad came to visit and decided with Grant Phabao & Djouls to launch some ongoing collaborations… starting with a couple of reggae & ska remixes.
Extracted from his 'For What You've Lost' album released in 2010, 'Falling' is originally a crackin' piece of Dilla-esque shuffle with a great guest verse from fello Bay Area MC Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious, a dope 'I'm Good' hook from soulful singer Aloe Blacc — and the first tune from Raashan Ahmad to get the Grant Phabao rework treatment!
Dressed with a fruitful one drop riddim, all bouncy and elastic with its dynamic Grant Phabao skanking sound, 'Falling' becomes an outstanding reggae soul/hip hop smoothie, spreading its positive vibes with style.
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Raashan Ahmad - Falling feat. Aloe Blacc and Gift Of Gab (Grant Phabao Remix)
(Digital Single) Paris DJs PARISDJS081-D, 2015-11-27
01. Falling feat. Aloe Blacc and Gift Of Gab (Grant Phabao Remix) 5:00
Written by Raashan Ahmad (BMI)
Additional production, mix and mastering by Grant Phabao at Paris DJs studio
© 2015 Raashan Ahmad / T.I.M.E.C. / Paris DJs
Illustration by Ben Hito
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Raashan Ahmad about the original version of "Falling" :
"Ahhhh, this song. This song is like my mantra whenever I'm down I listen to it to gain perspective. I've known Aloe for a long time thru the L.A. scene and been a fan since his Emanon days. Me and Gift of Gab have traveled together and been in the same bay 'scene' for a while too and I've been a fan of his work. Katra Quey on the beat!"
Original post on Paris DJs