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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:00 am

Hip-hop, R&B and soulful melodies are fused together so effortlessly in Mali Music’s newest album titled “Mali Is… .” The album is chock-full of powerful lyricism and hypnotic beats, but what wins me over is Mali’s smooth voice.

The strum of the bass guitar or the soft patter of the piano keys will engage any listener with the refreshing songs Mali has written. Mali’s crooning will lift butts out of seats and out onto the dance floor, or your apartment living room.

If you’re like me and don’t listen to a lot of music of this genre, I recommend giving Mali Music a chance because you will most definitely find something in his music that will inspire you. The artistry behind every song is enlightening and thrilling to the soul. I’m easily attracted to musicians who write their own lyrics, and Mali does that and more.

Mali steps up the game for hip-hop artists and R&B singers and lays down poetically charged lyrics that provoke an array of emotions. The sound Mali Music has in “Mali Is…” is organic and distinct; Mali goes beyond rapping about hoes and gettin’ money and serenades the heart with songs like “Fight For You,” which talks about fighting for love and respecting women.

Mali Music scores major points in my book with his presentation of women in his music. Mali doesn’t degrade women. Rather, Mali raises women on a pedestal and praises them like goddesses. Contemporary music is in fault of degrading females, but Mali quickly proves to me that not all music of this day and age is guilty of that.

The power packed behind each and every song is honestly a breath of fresh air. I’ve never fallen so in love with an album as I have with “Mali Is…”. The themes present in the songs on this album extend beyond sex, drugs and living the high life. Mali sings about issues much deeper than those: peace, love, social issues and equality.

“One” is a song on the album that reflects the depth of lyricism and meaning Mali has created. This song is also reminiscent of Bob Marley and will have Marley fans thrilled with its sound.

“Make It” is another song on the album that steps out of the realm of the generic hip-hop song and adds more depth and quality to its lyrical content by discussing more than the same themes I mentioned earlier. Discussing flaws with society’s obsession with materialism and peoples’ obsession with making it big, Mali inspires listeners with words of wisdom: be merciful and take a bite of some humble pie.

Each song tells a story and, with each story, Mali does an astounding job relating his creation to his listeners. Whether you come from the city or from the rural Midwest, Mali reaches out to a broader audience with his music. I consider that an extraordinary gift and admire Mali’s combination of various genres while maintaining the power of R&B.

“Mali Is…” is available on Spotify and iTunes, and if you check out Mali Music’s website, you can purchase this album and his previous three if you enjoy his style.

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