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“My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” He is speaking in general terms regarding his...

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Aloe Blacc - Love is the Answer

New one from Aloe Blacc. Aloe Blacc "One Inna" Prod. by Madlib Aloe Blacc "I Need a Dollar" Read More

Aloe Blacc "One Inna" Prod. by Madlib

Back before he needed that dollar, Aloe Blacc worked with Madlib on this gem "One Inna" that came out on his debut album Shine Through.... Read More

Aloe Blacc - You Make Me Smile - Video

From the album Good Things produced by Truth & Soul. Directed by Eric Coleman Production: Mochilla Cinematographer: Rich Hama Producer: Cat Jimenez Video: Aloe Blacc... Read More

Mixtape: Paris DJs Soundsystem presents Aloe Blacc

From -- In 2010, Aloe Blacc released his second album, Good Things, on Stones Throw records. The album was produced by Jeff Dynamite and... Read More

Aloe Blacc: Oct. 22 show at The El Rey, Los Angeles

Aloe Blacc is playing four dates in California over the next couple of weeks – Costa Mesa, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles. The folks... Read More

Video: Aloe Blacc "Green Lights" at MMM Festival by La Blogotheque

Aloe Blacc Singing Green Lights for La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows. Shot at MichelBerger Hotel in Berlin, during MMM Festival, August 2011. Images & Edit... Read More

MED feat. Aloe Blacc - Where I'm From - Official Video

IN THE STORE MED - CLASSIC New video from MED off his 2011 album on Stones Throw. "Where I'm From" featuring Aloe Blacc, produced by... Read More

Aloe Blacc: US Tour Dates, Fall 2011

New tour dates just announced. Video for Green Lights just released. ALOE BLACC USA TOUR, FALL 2011 Sep 04, Sun: Virginia Beach VA @ The... Read More

Aloe Blacc - Green Lights (Video)

Video for “Green Lights” off the album Good Things. This one was directed by Colin Solal Cardo of La Blogotheque. Aloe has just announced US... Read More

Streaming: Aloe Blacc live at Sasquach Music Festival

NPR is streaming Aloe Blacc's performance at the Sasquach Music Festival, Recorded live at The Gorge on Saturday, May 28. LISTEN HERE ALOE BLACC TOUR... Read More

Aloe Blacc Tour Dates: North America, May-June 2011

Aloe Blacc is back home for a North American tour that kicks off this weekend... ALOE BLACC TOUR DATES: May 21: Costa Mesa, CA @... Read More

Video: An Evening with Aloe Blacc at MADE in Berlin

Berlin creative space MADE recently played host to singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc, violinist and composer Mihalj “Miki” Kekenj and painter Jaybo, as the three... Read More

Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me - Official Video

Aloe Blacc, from the album Good Things. Directed by Ross Harris, featuring Baby Boogaloo. Read More

Video: Aloe Blacc interview with Hiphopsite

Aloe Blacc interview with at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Tour Dates – Europe, Spring 2011: 15 Mar - Toulouse @ Bikini 16 Mar... Read More

Aloe Blacc on NPR's World Cafe

Aloe Blacc performed on NPR's World Cafe yesterday. This was published on February 4, 2011. Born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins, Aloe Blacc is a first-generation... Read More

Aloe Blacc live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

Aloe Blacc performed live on Jason Bently's Morning Become Eclectic at KCRW, December 7th. Steam the full show at Stream Audio - Aloe Blacc... Read More

Aloe Blacc - You Make Me Smile / Politician 12-inch

IN THE STORE: ALOE BLACC - YOU MAKE ME SMILE / POLITICIAN Stateside we have a new 12-inch release from Aloe Blacc from the Good... Read More

Aloe Blacc Tour Dates: Europe, Spring 2011

Aloe Blacc tour dates for Europe, Spring 2011. 15 Mar - Toulouse @ Bikini 16 Mar - Poitiers @ Confort Moderne 17 Mar - Nantes... Read More

Rappers flow toward singing: Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne in LA Times

This is an excerpt from Rappers flow toward singing by Jeff Weiss, published in the Los Angeles Times November 14, 2010 A change wasn't going... Read More

Can a nerd have soul? NY Times on Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc

This is an excerpt from Can A Nerd Have Soul? by Rob Hoerburger, published in The New York Times, November 11, 2010 THE SINGER Mayer... Read More

The Evolution of Aloe Blacc: NPR's All Things Considered

“The Evolution of Aloe Blacc” aired on NPR's All Things Considered October 30, 2010. Visit to hear the story, or listen below. Also see:... Read More

Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar (Finger Snap Version)” MP3 Download

Check the impromptu version of “I Need a Dollar” recorded by Blogotheque, live and acappella at a dinner table somewhere in Tourcoing FR, for their... Read More

Aloe Blacc: North America Tour, Nov-Dec 2010

Aloe Blacc has just wrapped up a tour of Europe, with Good Things hitting the #1 spot in France, Germany and Belguim, and making his... Read More

Video: Aloe Blacc “Take Away Show” Part 1+2

We recommend good speakers or headphones. Si vous pouvez lire le français, voici l'histoire: Read More

MED, Aloe Blacc, Talib Kweli: Where I'm From/Classic 12-inch

IN THE STORE MED - WHERE I'M FROM/CLASSIC 12-inch single feat. Aloe Blacc & Talib Kweli Here's a new “double A-side” 12-inch from MED, “Where... Read More

Photos: Aloe Blacc live in Amsterdam

Aloe Blacc in Amsterdam, photos by Schiko for further tour dates check here: Carhartt presents Aloe Blacc Live in Europe Aloe Blacc live in North... Read More

OC Weekly: Retro Soul Singer and OC Local Aloe Blacc Talks About his Socio-Political Fetish

By Lilledeshan Bose, published in OC Weekly Tue., Sep. 28 2010 Retro-soul singer Aloe Blacc grew up in Laguna Hills, but these days, he's making... Read More

Video: Aloe Blacc interview with Centric TV

Interview with Good Things is out now on and out everywhere in the world next week. Read More

Aloe Blacc Fall Tour Dates // Advance Album Release // Download “You Make Me Smile”

IN THE STORE: ALOE BLACC - GOOD THINGS Album: CD, 3LP, 2LP, Digital Aloe Blacc's Good Things produced by Truth+Soul is out now. Tour dates... Read More

The Guardian, UK: Aloe Blacc

Written by Martin Horsfield, published in The Guardian, 18-24 September 2010 Redundancy, resourcefulness and the sound of sneezing have made Aloe Blacc the recession's soul... Read More

NPR: Aloe Blacc - Good Things

By Otis Hart, published at September 20, 2010 Aloe Blacc's Good Things is now shipping from Stones Throw's online shop.  Available everywhere September 28.... Read More

Aloe Blacc - Politician, acoustic at KEXP (video)

Good Things drops 9/28. Read More

Video: Aloe Blacc “Politician” live at Seattle's KUBE 93

Aloe Blacc visited Seattle's KUBE 93 show Sunday Night Sound Sessions with DJ Hyphen and J. Moore a short while ago, and did this live... Read More

Aloe Blacc - Good Things 3LP

IN THE STORE ALOE BLACC - GOOD THINGS (DELUXE VERSION) Update: The 3LP edition is now completely sold out Aloe Blacc's album Good Things drops... Read More

Video: Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me, Live in studio

Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme with the live in-studio version of "Loving You Is Killing Me". The recorded version of the song appears on... Read More

Aloe Blacc on Gilles Peterson Worldwide (Audio)

Aloe Blacc stopped into BBC's Gilles Peterson Worldwide recently to play some tracks from the upcoming album Good Things. Good Things drops September 28, 2010.... Read More

Aloe Blacc - Good Things

IN THE STORE ALOE BLACC - GOOD THINGS “My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if... Read More

Carhartt presents: Aloe Blacc Europe Tour Dates, Autumn 2010

Aloe Blacc will be on tour with a full band in Europe this September/October in support Good Things, his forthcoming album. Dates here: Read More

Aloe Blacc - Femme Fatale

IN THE STORE ALOE BLACC - FEMME FATALE 7-inch The second single from Aloe Blacc's forthcoming Good Things is a 7-inch of “Femme Fatale”, Aloe... Read More

Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me - Le Grand Journal

Aloe Blacc performs "Loving You Is Killing Me" on French TV program Le Grand Journal (on channel Canal+), June 2010. Read More

Aloe Blacc in Paris (Video, Photos)

Aloe Blacc was in Paris this week performing “I Need a Dollar” and other songs from his upcoming album Good Things on a TV show... Read More

Aloe Blacc Interview with The Maroon Cafe

Interview with Hollywood Q published at April 5, 2010 Such is the case for Aloe Blacc, the multi talented artist who’s on the verge... Read More

MP3: MED feat. Aloe Blacc "Hold U"

MED planned for 2010: New album, new podcast (Bang Ya Head III).  Here's MED with Aloe Blacc over Madlib & Strong Arm Steady's “Get Started”... Read More

Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar (Video)

Video for Aloe Blacc's "I Need A Dollar" from the album Good Things on Stones Throw – Aloe Blacc "I Need A Dollar" on iTunes... Read More

Aloe Blacc talks Dollars and Good Things with Complex

Interview by Toshitaka Kondo, published in Complex Magazine, March 2010 When most people hear the gritty “I Need A Dollar,” during the opening credits for... Read More

Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar MP3 + Video

“I Need a Dollar” is the first single from Aloe Blacc's forthcoming album Good Things, produced by Truth & Soul, and featuring the backing band... Read More

Aloe Blacc x Lee Fields

While in New York working on material  for an upcoming album with Truth & Soul, Aloe Blacc took on the additional task of remixing of... Read More

Aloe Blacc and Truth and Soul

Aloe Blacc began work on his second album for Stones Throw. The album will be produced and recorded by Leon “El” Michels and Jeff Silverman,... Read More

Aloe Blacc in RE:UP

If Aloe Blacc was incarnated in any other physical form, he says he would be a tree. But he wasn't. He was born a musician.... Read More

Aloe Blacc

“My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” He is speaking in general terms regarding his career, but more specifically about the circumstances surrounding his upcoming album, Good Things, co-written by the versatile vocalist and songwriter in conjunction with the in-house production team at Truth & Soul Records. Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions—joblessness, homeless, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large under which we all function, but some struggle to survive. Song titles such as “You Make Me Smile” and “Miss Fortune,” coupled with airy, ethereal production from Truth & Soul’s Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman mask a foreboding undercurrent in which Aloe crafts lyrics both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead single, “I Need a Dollar”—commissioned by HBO as the theme music for the series How to Make It in America—because ultimately, that is how to make it in America. The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe has become what writer and activist Amiri Baraka (nee Leroi Jones) once said of John Coltrane. He is a singular “scope of feeling…a more fixed traveler” who has found cohesion in art and life. The path from his 2006 debut, the multi-genre Shine Through, to Good Things is akin to the maturation of Marvin Gaye between That’s the Way Love Is and the What’s Going On masterwork that followed. Aloe has never purported to be any heir to Gaye, but musically, Good Things and What’s Going On are companion pieces as both albums establish a character for the artists that sets them apart from the sea of performers making very vivid and discernible—yet normative and conformist—statements about who they are and what they do. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul. At the heart of this musical character is a recession-age Robin Hood, whose goal is to sell and profit from his wares with hope of freeing the less fortunate from the capitalist system that serves as both their oppressor and his motivation. A 2001 graduate of the University of Southern California, Aloe credits a myriad of influences—transcendentalist scholars Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, French existentialism, Oprah Winfrey, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West—with leading him from the inner streams of consciousness he possessed as an MC early in his career, to a more disciplined approach to songwriting, and now, the desire to affect change and induce compassion by way of his own success. It is his grand scheme, which, not coincidentally, is also the name of his backing band (The Grand Scheme). The key is compromise and understanding the power of popular art. Aloe is willing to put the gloves on and engage in the marketplace. Good things lie ahead. – Ronnie Reese