On January 28th Lisa, The mother to LiJames The Chosen gave birth to one of the music industry’s most respected Rap Artists. As a kid, LiJames would sit by his mother’s radio while she cooked and he would jot down the lyrics to 2Pac’s song “Dear Mama”. Even if you ask LiJames today, he still thinks “Dear Mama” is 2Pac’s best song ever!
Born and raised in Queens, LiJames lived on 169th Street and 88ave with his Mother and his younger brother Darious. As some people may not know, “The Chosen” is LiJames’ real middle name. It was given to him by his mother to give him a purpose in life and that purpose was to be the first to succeed in his family. So, at a young age he would just stand outside of ciphers and listen to the older dudes on the block freestyle.
It’s difficult for well-meaning, open-minded individuals to embrace current hip-hop music, because so much of it is shallow and insulting to the intelligence. As much as we’d like to ignore the sentiments and just nod and groove to the beat, it’s often impossible to separate the medium from the message.
For those who find in hip-hop music the potential for mass communication, but grow tired of machismo and casual sexism; try LiJames The Chosen – “For The Love Of Music” mixtape.” It’s an intelligent, deeply soulful, and uplifting recording that will both free your mind and move your behind!
Taking inspiration from many factual events about modern slavery, discrimination, and corporate domination on wealth and equality, the lyrics are the main attraction on this mixtape, no matter how good the music is. As a rapper, LiJames is unique, with a rhythmic flow and creative use of words; he uplifts and investigates and only insults when understandably necessary. His songs are filled with positive images and intelligent solicitation as he calls for social reform and solidarity within the global community.
LiJames The Chosen’s grooves slide along with authentic samples and organic beats. Musically, “For The Love Of Music” is a total treat. This mixtape molds an inkling of Jazz, R&B, Soul power, heavy beats and heartfelt rhymes into a creative and ingenious masterpiece. The fourteen tracks included here, take you on a thorough and compassionate ride through questions, ghettos, social issues, unlawful persecution, love and family.
Standout tracks that will undoubtedly capture your attention are: “What A Shame”, “Looking Out My Window”, “Child Slavery”, “I’ll Get By ft. Ky’Vion”, “Knowledge Is Power” and “Aint No Boss ft. Kay’Vion”. In an industry ruled by materialistic rap artists, LiJames The Chosen offers a kick in the butt that returns us all to the true essence of hip hop music.
If you like your hip-hop ear-friendly but not boring, resourceful but not copycat, utterly appealing but certainly not lame mainstream, then LiJames The Chosen may just be the answer. Musically inventive and lyrically thought-provoking, “For The Love Of Music” is the sort of charming genre-consolidating classic that comes once every few years. It’s a joy to listen to and evokes great feelings of empathy with every spin.