Georgia Anne Muldrow, SomeOthaShip
A hip-hop/R&B fusion that hits your third eye with surrealist enlightenment
Calling Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins’ music “conscious” might be selling their ambition a bit short; these frequent collaborators (and real-life husband-and-wife) aim beyond regular social awareness towards some sort of superconscious elevation. It’s a strain of Afro-futurism that runs its thread through Sun Ra, P-Funk and Erykah Badu, then comes out the other end of the wormhole with a hip-hop/R&B fusion that hits your third eye with surrealist enlightenment.
SomeOthaShip is engineered as a vehicle for Muldrow and Perkins (listed under his rap alias Declaime) to spread a gospel of spiritual transcendence and knowledge of self. But it’s a gospel that’s as much a mindwarp as it is a wake-up call, filtered through the vessel of Muldrow’s soulfully abstract musical instincts and Declaime’s off-kilter but clear-eyed lyrical cadence. They have some respected fellow travelers: Black Milk, Oddisee and Flying Lotus contribute some appropriately spaced-out beats, and guest MCs range from NYC vintage (Kool G Rap; Prince Po) to Stones Throw alumni (M.E.D., Roc C) and the conscious South (Big Pooh). But it works on the terms of the two iconoclastic creators on the cover: a couple who know that the “g” in g-funk really stands for galactic.