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Naked

by Lee

Naked marks a new direction for Lee. Punctuated by a robust brass section, the anthemic first single “Alone” speaks to the valiance and elation Lee has discovered on his new path since The Square Egg and his 2007 debut album Meet Lee.
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1. Undressed
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2. Alone
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3. Leave (feat. Antonia Jenae')
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4. Save the World
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5. My Wooden Tongue (Things I Remember)
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6. Don't Let Me Down
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7. I Hope They Call Me Henry When I Die
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8. All U Need
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9. Anticipation
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10. Gimme That (Rap 13)
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11. Back 2 Love
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12. Crazy (feat. Carol ''Bliss'' Brevard)
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13. Just A Girl
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14. The Life of A Song
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15. Woke Up Hwite
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16. Time (feat. Tarrah Reynolds)
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17. (Love)
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18. My God (feat. Voices United Choir)
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19. Water
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20. A Song For Parris
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21. Get Free (Act 1)
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22. Naked
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Lee, an MC with one foot in the hip hop world and the other in a laid back old school soul....alternately rapping and crooning his way through the daily trials of life and love with literally torrents of verse spilling out over the grooves. It's heady stuff, although on the CD you miss the sight of Lee flashing a killer smile as his band snaps into place behind him" Ocean Drive Magazine
“Every now and then, an original voice comes along . . . a mixture of rap, funk, jazz and the essential, intangible appeal that has every critic scrambling.” The Miami Herald

“a collective of sounds and musical genres that meld together in an experience that must be witnessed to be believed. “ Allhiphop.com

“As hip-hop continues down its path toward world domination, cash registers ringing loudly all the way, it seems in increasing danger of calcifying. For more and more up-and-coming rappers, pursuing their art often appears simply to be a matter of choosing a role: Gangsta thug? Macked-out pimp? Or smooth balladeer? Pick your category, don its stereotypical wardrobe -- and often its just-as-formalized set of musical rules -- and voilà! Instant rap star! All of which makes the aesthetic flowering of Lee such a welcome breath of fresh air.” Miami New Times

“The band, led by frontman Lee, has hatched their own unique sound; a crossbreed of hip-hop, R&B and funk. Lee doesn’t sound like a singer trying to emcee or an emcee trying to sing; his vocal style seems to naturally fall somewhere in between. His melodies are informed by a hip-hop rhythm and sensibility. As their name implies, the Square Egg is one-of-a-kind, not a dime-a-dozen.” Okayplayer

“From his hysterically surreal choice of tattoos to his inventive, humor-laced, and honey-voiced flow (one that draws equally upon Q-Tip and Gil Scott Heron.) Lee is evolving into an original. And with his new multiculti live outfit, the Square Egg, churning out the music behind him he looks fully primed to head off in whatever unique direction he wants. We'll most definitely be along for the ride.” Miami New Times

“Imagine if P-Funk was fronted by Common and you have The Square Egg sound.” Rap Reviews

“People sometimes wonder just how New Times selects "Best of Miami" winners. It’s a highly scientific process devised long ago by a select committee of experts and requires the participation of more than 100 judges from around the world who take up residence in the Magic City for the entire year. What's not to love about a man (Lee) who can deliver a rap smoother than his pate, celebrating the virtues of womanhood while slinking low on the down beat in just the way your mama warned you about.” Miami New Times

“Lee's "flow" reminds me of "old school rap" (ex: De La Soul), however the music itself is truly diverse. Some of it sounds enough like “neo-soul” to suck those people in. Some of it’s “straight no chaser jazz.” Some of it has Stax/EWF/TOP style horns that sound like the Uptown/Regal/Apollo circa 1968. Some of it sounds like some kinda of industrial/punk. Some of it even sounds like Robin Williams.” Soul Patrol

His incomparable musical panache has gained him accolades and successes far and wide. The Miami New Times dubbed Lee “best rap artist” (2000 & 2003), “best we got the funk collective” (2002), “best male vocalist,” (2003) and “best local musician to leave town” (2005) while also awarded by the Miami Herald as “best local musician” (2002) and receiving a nomination from City Search for “best local music act” (2001).

This Winter 2010, Lee brazenly plans to further actualize that growth by peeling back the complex layers of himself and baring his soul on his forthcoming sophomore album Naked. The result is a fantastical opus replete with thought provoking prose (“Undressed”), string-laden odes (“A Song For Parris”), and Hip-Hop (“Gimme That (Rap #13)”) seasoned with hints of acid jazz (“Save The World”) and funk rock (“Anticipation”).

Eschewing the substance over style ethos of contemporary music, Lee imbues his lyricism with a profound sense of purpose. “I think it’s impossible to go through life and not be a part of it. No matter how crunk we get in the club, you can’t escape the economic situation that this country’s in,” he chides. “So if I write a song about my dope car or my big house, I’m not connecting to the reality that people are experiencing in their daily lives.” Insistent on injecting a message in his music, on Naked Lee dauntlessly addresses issues of religion (“My God”), HIV (“Time”), and racial contemplation (“Woke Up Hwite”).

With the engaging je ne sais quoi of a modern day griot, Miami native and current Brooklyn resident Lee emerges as a bold solo artist for a brave new world, employing the most vivid imagery and skillful wordplay underscored with a sociopolitical aftertaste. Capped off with silky vocals and an ornate amalgamated style, he has developed a unique sound that epitomizes the vast artistry of the pool of Black musical genius. His impressive touring dossier includes opening up shows for Luther Vandross, Cypress Hill, Kidz in the Hall and groundbreaking poet Saul Williams.

In 1999 Lee co-founded the jazz-funk band The Square Egg. Flaunting a sophisticated hybridized style featuring hints of funk, Hip-Hop, and poetry, The Square Egg managed to amass a wealth of accomplishments increasingly rare for independent artists. In addition to being prominently featured on BET J (now Centric), their music was also featured on such ABC prime time television shows as The Drew Carey Show and Dharma & Greg. Yet after fronting the group for nearly a decade over the course of four albums, Lee began to feel the need to explore the full range of his self-expression.

Naked marks a new direction for Lee. Punctuated by a robust brass section, the anthemic first single “Alone” speaks to the valiance and elation Lee has discovered on his new path since The Square Egg and his 2007 debut album Meet Lee.

With the freedom to dexterously traverse a wide spectrum of genres, Lee is destined to make great strides in the music industry, irrespective of its increasing fondness of pigeonholing. An exemplary artist in his own right, Lee finds comfort in a variety of styles, from rock, blues, and Hip-Hop to funk and jazz. And with Naked, there will undoubtedly be more room for him to unapologetically stretch out in his plentiful palate of musical expression. Suffice it to say that this square egg refuses to be put into a round hole.

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Karmagal

WOW!!!
This album is really special. First off, it's been ages since I've purchased a double album. Talk about getting a lot of bang for your buck. Second, the spectrum of rhythms and sounds and genres on this album is is quite vast. Lee has never been easy to categorize as an artist, but as an owner of his entire collection I have to say this album incredible with regard to the variety.

The spoken pieces are revealing and beautiful. The pop tracks are fun with catchy beats and fun lyrics. There are a couple of lovely ballads and even a sexy, raunchy rock track that I'm sure I've not heard from him in the past. There are even a few tracks from past albums that were clearly worth a second take that have new life breathed into them.

I love love love ths album and I'm always moved and amazed by Lee's interpretation of music. I will play this cd to death.
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