Michigan artist James Gardin and producer Toshiki Hayashi(%C) join forces to bring some much needed positive vibrations via their latest release, “Soul Rich.” There is no denying that so far, 2020 has been filled with a seemingly endless supply of turmoil, stress and uncertainty. As a devote Hip Hop head living through a global pandemic and a social uprising, I find it hard to bump a record that doesn’t uplift my spirits. The current paint by numbers formula of billboard Hip Hop isn’t cutting it right now. There’s a time and a place to shut down your brain and zone out to a club record, but for right now, turning up at the party should be the last thing crossing anyones minds.
The mission statement for Hip Hop has always been to uplift, inspire and educate. With this latest release, James Gardin hits the mark on all fronts, combining both style and substance to give the Hip Hop heads out there a record to nod their heads to while enriching their mental wellbeing. Flowing over a funky golden era inspired instrumental from Japan’s Toshiki Hayashi(%C), James flexes his pen game as he drops a series of bars focusing on self growth, with the hopes to inspire his listeners to follow suit. As a seasoned emcee, James Gardin has showcased his music at live events across the globe, and has shared the stage with elite artists such as Grieves, Macklemore, Dessa, Murs, Jack Harlow, and Talib Kweli just to name a few. Be sure to check out the latest from James Gardin and Toshiki Hayashi(%C), and as always, share your thoughts with us below.