Waajeed‘s been in the mix when it comes to Detroit’s music scene. A producer from the Conant Gardens neighborhood, Waajeed was witness to the burgeoning hip-hop and electronic scene that was bubbling in the ’90s and ’00s. He’s worked with some of the D’s most legendary acts, including Slum Village and J Dilla, underground wonders like Invincible, and is one half of the underrated R&B act Platinum Pied Pipers. Outside of the city, Jeed has collabed with figures like Mayer Hawthorne and Cee-Lo, in addition to a ton of solo productions. The dude has been putting in work for years.
Last year Waajeed put out From The Dirt, a snappy and mature dance record which flew in under the radar. Jeed’s work on the album is utterly sublime. The record nails the ’90s club vibe, and is super addictive and danceable. Jeed keeps it poppin’, with some phenomenal instrumentation and deft use of guest vocals and samples. From The Dirt is fun, energized, and WILL have you dancing wherever you’re at. I’m really enjoying it.
“I Ain’t Safe,” with singer Ideeyah is one of my faves from the album. It’s so confident and smooth, with fleet drum beats and synth notes and the terrific performance from Ideeyah. There’s a lot to love here, and it’s just a taste of the heart and soul that this record has in spades.