During the spring of 2006, Baltimore gospel rapper Eze Jackson went rogue, abandoning his traditionalist roots in favor of pursuing a more blues-inspired aesthetic. After combining forces with a local group of burgeoning jazz musicians, the exhilarating sonic hybrid now known as Soul Cannon was born. A genre-fused cocktail of backpack hip-hop and mathy blue-collar music theory, Soul Cannon inevitably became known for toeing the line between reckless innovation and radio-friendly expectations, moving forward at all costs.
These aspirations spearheaded Soul Cannon’s unwieldy and explosive live performances, an unforgettable electro-fusion of brainy prog and futurist rhymes that quickly became a band signature. After supporting a diverse array of notable artists such as Mos Def, Future Islands, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, and more, Soul Cannon began work on their upcoming self-titled LP — a long-awaited testament to their notoriety on the Baltimore music scene over the past decade.
As to what we should expect from the quartet’s eponymous full-length arriving on October 12, guitarist Matt Frazão offers his take — “Soul Cannon is like a perpetual version of a last minute epiphany, where we finally make sense of things that seem totally unrelated, or isolated and alone as their own separate problems. Suddenly we see this narrow almost hidden path to thread a needle through and tie everything together.”
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Test Drive.” This is what Jackson had to say about it.
“‘Test Drive’ is a song about relationships. We always take risks in some way when we decide to share our life and love with a special person. We’re taking life on a test drive in the beginning, trying to see if this vehicle best fits our needs.”