Vintage Babies is the title of the collaborative album and group comprised of Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh and Dj Dummy. The Vintage Babies album consists of 13 soul and hip hop head bangers and features music greats like Grammy & Oscar award winning Common & Nigerian Afro Beat Legend Femi Kuti as well as some incredible songwriting help from Inglewood’s own SIR and Baltimore’s Rose Gold from the Polly seeds.
Vintage Babies is a Revival of the Soul, Funk, & Gospel sounds that Hip hop was founded on. The aim of Vintage Babies is celebrate the resilience and power of the human spirit through the utilization of the soulful sounds that have gotten us through difficult times in our history and will surely continue to do so for years to come. Vintage Babies will pull on an array of emotional strings sending you into lucid euphoric dance states in one moment then transition you into deep thought provoking storytelling about the state of humanity in the next moment with a little comic relief in between.
The Fist Single from the Vintage Babies album is entitled “Shine Your Light” and will be available everywhere July 14 th 2017. Shine Your Light is a call to all those with ears to hear to shine their personal soul’s light in the face of any and all adversity. The lyrics paint the picture of the tough political and social climate of Urban Brown America while still managing to show you the beauty that resides inside of the struggle. This song, for all intents and purposes, is the kind of tune you’d blast out of the kitchen window at a back yard bar-b-que complete with break downs, turn arounds and loud family noise in the background. But the call to come together and ignite our personal power instead of being polarized by fear makes it an anthem for the human soul.
This is not the first time Dj Dummy and Maimouna Youssef have collaborated. They have toured together for several years with Rapper/Actor Common and in 2014 they released a mixtape together entitled the Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh. Dj Dummy and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh are not new to the music scene but if your ears are new to the sounds they’ve been creating and curating for almost a decade then check out their track records.
Dj Dummy has been J Cole’s DJ and on tour Music Direct since 2010 and Common’s DJ and Music Director since 1999. He started out djing at the age of 7 and by 14 he was winning prestigious dj battles in NYC like the Zulu Nation Battle (96) and American DMC Battle (98). Since then he has both dj’ed and/or created stage shows for artists like Talib Kewli, Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, & De La Soul among others. He has even graced the halls of the prestigious venue affectionately known as The White House per request of 44th President Barack Obama. Dj Dummy is no newbee to the scene but he is just getting started in terms of making a name for himself as a worldwide producer and Vintage Babies is just the beginning.
MAIMOUNA YOUSSEF a.k.a. MUMU FRESH
Since receiving a Grammy nomination for her vocal contribution to The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007, the singer, emcee, and songwriter Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh has been making waves in the Indie music scene as a solo artist and is only just beginning. Maimouna has shared stages with music giants such as Sting, Nas, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Bobby Mcferrin, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, D’angelo, Maxwell, Aloe Blacc, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Dead Prez, Angelique Kidjo, Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Femi Kuti, Cody Chestnutt, and more.
Mumu Fresh has traveled world wide as a supporting vocalist for legends such as Congolese Vocal Acappella group Zap Mama, Late night Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots and is currently on tour with Grammy & Oscar award winner, Common. Youssef’s unparalleled songwriting skills make her a force to be reckoned with.
She’s written songs for Walt Disney High School Musical’s own Vanessa Hudgins and Common among others. Youssef’s 2011 original release, “I got a man” produced by Dj Jazzy Jeff, was selected by BET as the theme song for their original movie “Being Mary Jane” Starring Gabrielle Union. She also contributed as a writer and a singer on grammy award winning DJ jazzy Jeff’s Playlist album “Chasing Goosebumps”.
She released her first Solo EP, Black Magic Woman, independently in March of 2011, and her highly anticipated and widely praised first full length solo album, The Blooming, in September of the same year. Maimouna's 2014 project, “The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh,” mixed and curated by Dj Dummy showcased her sharp rhyming skills as an emcee and her strong commitment to providing a balanced perspective on current social, racial, political, gender and class issues. In 2015 Maimouna recorded a full-length project with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder and The Soul Council. Now in 2017 she and Dj Dummy are gearing up to release their first full length all original collaborate effort entitle Vintage Babies. Anyone who loves good soul music or hip hop is sure to add Vintage Babies to their collection of instant classics!
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