Dwele + Flying Lotus featuring Erykah Badu | Tracks
Kanye’s hook man takes a cue from the Good Book. FlyLo and Badu drop the perfect soundtrack for a lightspeed disco nap.
Published: August 29, 2012
You know Dwele’s voice from a couple of key hooks on Kanye West hits (“Power,” “Flashing Lights”). Yet unlike other artists cosigned by Ye—say, Kid Cudi—Dwele’s career hasn’t yet crossed over despite consistently solid output. The Detroit native’s aversion to urban trends could have something to do with that. He’s a neo-soul classicist, whose easy delivery is almost always aimed at the ladies. Matters of the heart remain a bottomless source of material for his effortlessly smooth R&B meditations. “What Profit,” the first single off his just-released fifth album, Greater Than One, addresses the dude who puts material things ahead of his girl. “What profit a man to gain the whole wide world and lose his girl,” asks a minichorus of Dweles over a light bounce and gently brushed guitar chords. The Motor City singer doesn’t have to strain to convince he’s boyfriend material—his entire career’s been predicated on the fact that he’s a good dude. The chorus even riffs on a Bible verse, subbing “girl” for “soul.” But will being church help him get the girl?
Dwele plays Washington Park’s African Festival of the Arts Saturday 1.