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SPICE : The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience

by Marcel

Alternative Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Old-School, and Futuristic Funk reminiscent of Macy Gray, Maxwell, Prince, and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Rap mix
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come over F / Tori Fixx
3:36 $0.99
2. Spice
3:26 $0.99
3. Set Your Body Free
2:58 $0.99
4. Let the Funk Flow
3:12 $0.99
5. Blame It on the Cocktail
3:52 $0.99
6. She Lied, Cheated and Used Me
3:22 $0.99
7. Where Do I Go Bump Mix
3:45 $0.99
8. The Morning Song
4:33 $0.99
9. Soul Searchin'
4:23 $0.99
10. Believe in the Beautiful Extended Version
4:50 $0.99
11. Right on Time Remix
3:44 $0.99
12. Picture Show Extended Version
6:20 $0.99
13. Come over Cum Mix
2:42 $0.99
14. Spice House Mix
4:19 $0.99
15. Soul Searchin' Soul Mix
3:51 $0.99
16. Set Your Body Free Dance Mix F / Tori Fixx
4:14 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Marcel (also known as Andre Marcel Wilson and Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele), after 3 years of working on the follow-up to “The Diary of Marcel,” is back with a new look and new sound! Rockin’ blonde hair twists and bringing Afrofuturism to the mainstream, Marcel’s ‘Spice: The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience’ is a hot mixture of Rap, R&B, Old-School and Futuristic Funk. It has been compared to Macy Gray, Maxwell, Prince and Meshell Ndegeocello. “Come Over” featuring Hip-Hop rap star Tori Fixx displays Marcel's diversity in the Hip-Hop/R&B genre. “Let The Funk Flow” is layered with futuristic funk, while “Picture Show” offers an old-school vibe that makes you feel all sexy inside. The album was promoted with the singles “Spice”, “Set Your Body Free”, “Blame It On The Cocktail”, and “Picture Show”. Collectively Marcel has put together an outstanding album that is creative, musically stimulating and vibrant. ‘Spice’ is guaranteed to make you hot!

Accolades: "Spice" received radio airplay worldwide, including bay area’s own KMEL 106.1, LIVE 105.3, KALX 90.7, KBMB 103.5, KISS 98.1, KUSF 90.3, KSJS 90.5, and KSFM 102.5. The album’s cd packaging was featured on the cover of Disc Makers magazine (2001-2002 Factory-Direct-Catalog) and the company’s promotional advertisements.

Marcel has recorded under numerous names including Michael Angelo (in 1989 releasing a single titled "Brina Brown" in Europe) and Ajamu Akinyele as a jazz artist. His last recording under the moniker Marcel was 2004's 'Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2.' He was also the bandleader of the jazz/funk/fusion band Gemini Soul. He now records as Andre Akinyele.

As Marcel, his entire catalog from 1998–2004 can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

The Diary of Marcel "1998"

Spice : The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience "2001"

Uptown : 2025 A.D. "2003"

Uptown : 2025 E.P. "2004"

Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 "2004" (His last recording as Marcel)

Fun Facts:

Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele has developed other ventures, including his Orange River enterprise that consists of a record label, book publishing company, and film studio. He produced albums for Jon O’Bergh. He is the bandleader, guitarist, bassist, and lead singer of the rock group Looking for Lester, working under the pseudonym Rebellion and producing the album under the name Messiah Superstar. He is also the lead singer, drum programmer, and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush, also working under the pseudonym Chambliss Charlie. He co-authored the book ‘Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.’ Aside from music, he is also the owner of Akinyele Design Firm, which focuses on graphic design and visual arts. Also, he is the owner of Ajamu, a gaming and software development company. He authored the tech book ‘So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum? A Methodology Handbook for Developers.’ In addition to holding an Associate's of Arts degree in Music Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies, he also holds a Master's degree in Information Technology (IT): Software Engineering.



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Kim Strauss

Listen to Marcel all the time
I love this cd...the songs are different, doesn't sound like cookie cutter...

Royce White

u GOTTA get this CD NOW!!!
Marcel is truly talented...his music is original & fresh. His ballads are especially nice...listen to "Picture Show" and you'll hear what I mean...Look for Marcel to top the charts soon...

N.Y. Rocks

Spice Shows Promise
As "Come Over F/Tori Fixx," the first cut on the disc comes out of the speakers, the Prince influence hangs in the air like too much cologne. Yet, unlike that analogy, there's nothing wrong with too much of a good thing. And as the title suggests, this is an alternative hip-hop experience, and not your run-of-the-mill stuff. There's a nice groove to many of the songs, more R&B and soul than hip-hop, or at least outweighing the latter. Marcel takes a more minimalist approach than some of his hip-hop contemporaries, and what is played is well thought out and well placed. A number like "The Morning Song" is more of an acoustic ballad, and again, the debt owed to Prince is quite large. But it's a lovely song nonetheless. Spice shows promise.

Marcel Straddles R&B and Hip-Hop Like Mary J. Blige Does......
MeShell Ndegéocello once said there was no such thing as alternative hip hop music. Apparently, she had never heard of Marcel, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from California, who has just released his second offering, Spice: the Alternative Hip Hop Experience on Bombay Recording Company. The album's sound straddles R&B and hip hop; better put, Marcel uses hip hop beats much in the way Mary J. Blige does to add flavor and "spice" to R&B compositions. Produced, arranged, composed and performed entirely by Marcel, much of Spice is driven by electronic beats and cool synthesizers. Occasionally, live instruments enter the scene, as on the touching "The Morning Song", with its airy acoustic guitar and soft piano. Other ear-friendly cuts include "Where Do I Go [Bump Mix]", and "Soul Searching", which sounds like Ndegéocello's "Outside Your Door," from Plantation Lullabies. Marcel can write and sing. Marcel's talents are there, but need to be nurtured so that what he brings to the table doesn't automatically conjure up another one-named wonder and overt influence: Prince.


Splendid Magazine

Marcel Established R&B Sensuality With A Contemporary Hip-Hop Slant!
Hip-hop may not be my musical forté, but I can spot a Prince influence from a mile away. With Marcel, the task wasn't particularly difficult, as his high-pitched, sexually suggestive falsetto is a perfect match for Minnesota's home-town hero. That's not to say that Spice is derivative; rather, it matches the established R&B sensuality with a contemporary hip-hop slant that incorporates futuristic digital beats and confident production. The disc is far from perfect -- at times the lyrics approach comedically absurd levels of lurid eroticism -- but the music itself is amply enjoyable.

The Lamaj Family

"Hot like fish grease!"
Spice is nothing short of it's well deserved name. Hot, sweet and sexy. COME OVER and WHERE DO I GO are some of the hottest jams to date. We anticipate Marcel to break the mold with this one. If u don't know u betta ask somebody.