Boonie Mayfield isn’t necessarily a newcomer to Potholes, as we were taken by the Colorado artist’s instrumental work on Mr.J.Medeiros’ The Art of Broken Glass EP. But for whatever reason, Mayfield’s latest work has slipped past me these past two years or so. During that, he’s been apparently putting together a new album that serves to introduce an alter-ego, Solomon Vaughn, and showcase his talents that include rapping, singing, and producing.
Backed by a clearly sharp live band and his own programming, Mayfield delivers hip-hop that’s wondrously tinged with the blues, soul, and rock. “Mile Hi” is pure stoner psychedelia with a clear Pink Floyd influence, “Haterade” is a well-intentioned shot at rappers of all kinds and haters alike, and “Can-O-Dam” is a hilarious bravado-fest featuring guest iLL University.
But where Solomon Vaughn truly hits hardest is in its blue-collar approach, which rings true in the fact that Mayfield’s giving this thing away for free for those who can’t afford it. I recommend throwing down some cash if you can, because this is one of the most original and entertaining albums I’ve heard in the second half of 2013.
You can hear the epic “Mile Hi” below and purchase the album on iTunes.
Download: Boonie Mayfield – Solomon Vaughn [Direct Link]