It seems Christmas came early for Hip-Hop fans.
On December 2nd, JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb released LIT (Lost in Translation) on the Berlin/Cologne based record label Jakarta Records. Both musicians were working on new solo albums and got together to bring us this gem. The first track off the record is Get Lost.
JuJu Rogers is a German-American emcee performing in English. He released his first solo album From the Life of a Good-For-Nothing during the summer of 2015 and comes off a European tour where he supported Oddisee, whom we introduced earlier this year. Bluestaeb is a beat producer from Germany. He released a couple of tracks so far in 2016 and his second album Rodalquilar was released in 2015. Both artists have the same musical background which explains why they work so well together. They already collaborated on 'Hungry' off JuJu Roger's first record and it was a real pleasure. So hearing this project was materializing got me eager to see what they would come up with.
LIT (Lost in Translation) is a ten track record having a playing time of about 23 minutes. Along with 5 dope tracks, the artists also treat our ears with 4 superb instrumental interludes and an instrumental outro. Both artists explain that they both wanted to change directions a little bit from their previous work. They wanted to change the formula and go new ways and so they added live musicians. This was to refine their music and give it a new angle which they managed really well. On top of that, they also have guest appearances from Regis Molina and Ivan Ave.
As to the title of the album, the artists chose the trend word 'lit' which then became Lost in Translation. For them, this was a metaphor for the disconnection from trends of our society today. Bluestaeb's productions on the record are outstanding changing from soulful and smooth to raw and rough without any malaise. The productions are very well complemented by JuJu Rogers' flow and lyrics. The emcee addresses topics such as racism and police brutality. He also points to the irony of people calling themselves activists while following patterns of hate and destruction. Another thing worth noting is that they dedicated the record to “the wretched of the earth”, to “the weak and poor” and “to the people all around the world less privileged” than they are and “are force to live under even worse circumstances”.
You can listen to and buy LIT Lost in Translation on Jakarta Records' Bandcamp. Make sure to follow JuJu Rogers and Bluestaeb on Facebook for any news and tour dates. You can regularly go and check JuJu Rogers' and Bluestaeb's Soundcloud pages for new tracks and released. And remember to keep your ears and eyes open in 2017 for both artist's upcoming solo efforts.