Jamaal "Elhae" Jones is truly cut from the rare cloth that is pure musical brilliance. I remember when I first came across him in 2015. Whilst trolling my soundcloud feed for new and exciting music, I struck gold and that gold was called "AURA".
The EP had been on replay for a number of weeks before I actually did some research and discovered that the North Dakota born musical genius produced, wrote and performed all of his own music. I was instantly even more impressed.
Even his beat tag hit me hard, "DREAM LOUD". The whole package was such a rarity that I was scared to share his music with just anyone. We live in a time where real music is rare, especially when it comes to urban music, and as a result people don't really like real music. But Elhae had it all. I'm talking lyricism that placed you in his mind with him as he serenaded you with killer vocals -
"On a rooftop while I star gaze/ Pardon me while I parle..."
Then there was the music. Seriously, just close your eyes and listen. The instrumentation is flawless and each song flows into the next so effortlessly you forget that you are even listening to an entire EP.
Fast forward to the next summer and Elhae had blessed us once again with a new project following his Atlantic Records signing. "All Have Fallen", this one was a journey. Taking you through his new lifestyle and the effect that was having on his psyche and his love for the one that got away. By this point, as a listener you could see that he was going places. Teaming up with the Kehlani during her break out year. Elhae was now taking flight.
For me personally, "AURA" was still my favourite. So its no surprise that when I heard about the release of "AURA II", his most recent blessing, I sort of lost my s**t. The project was released on Good Friday and features Ty Dolla $ign, Rockie Fresh & Eric Bellinger - As I said, taking flight.
The highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed "AURA" was everything we wanted and more! Undeniably remarkable with his blend of rap, soul, R&B, Gospel and Trap "AURA II" was nothing short of the most worthy successor.
This ATL based artist is well and truly on his way to completely taking over the R&B scene and we are so glad to be witnessing his journey. Elhae stands for "EVERY LIFE HAS AN ENDING". Jamaal, you are definitely making the most of yours and we are grateful.
Stream the new EP below!