Gifted young rapper and songwriter, Lando Chill releases a new video and live band version of his smooth funk-soul-r&b filled first single, "Early In The Morning" from his brilliant Mello Music Group album debut, For Mark, Your Son, released last fall. The track features the playing of Chill bassist Christopher Pierce.
Starring Laísa Laiis and Lando Chilll, the video was shot throughout Northern Arizona by director Malcolm Critcher and director of photography Symeon Platts. The track provides a glimpse into the sonic direction Lando is moving for his next album which is being created with his group for release sometime in summer 2017.
For Mark, Your Son is a 12-song tribute to the father who passed away when the Chicago-born and raised rapper was just three years old. The album is a coming-of-age story rooted in life, death, and legacy. It’s the work of a brilliant 24-year old Tucson transplant with a wicked jump shot, who steadfastly embodies the compassion, strength, and talent of his vanished hero.
When you listen to Lando Chill, you hear traces of Gil Scott-Heron, Pharoahe Monch, and The Roots. At times, his rollicking cadences and innate gift for melody feel like a one-man equivalent of The Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia. While the album’s sepulchral finale feels like the most gorgeous song TV on the Radio never wrote. But mostly, For Mark, Your Son marks the ascendance of a singular talent, fusing scattered influences into a coherent vision, an artist scarred by his experiences but healing through his broken poems.
Lando has the gift of writing disconsolate spirituals, non-denominational prayers, a Unitarian Gospel that can’t help but leave you feeling whole. He says it himself: his soul has a purpose. He made his dad proud. He made himself proud. He reminded us that some things are timeless.
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