Retro-soul singer Aloe Blacc grew up in Laguna Hills, but these days, he's making music all over the world. Currently recording in New York, his album Good Things, out today, reflects his desire to promote social change with songs like “Politician” and “I Need a Dollar.” (Download his song “I Need a Dollar” for free on Amazon today, and “You Make Me Smile” on Stones Throw!)
He says, “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” In Good Things, he tackles “joblessness, homeless, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large.”
Aloe Blacc, now in his early 30s, had made a name for himself as half of hip-hop group Emanon, where he was the emcee/singer to DJ/producer Exile. The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents graduated from USC in 2001, and was thrown into the world of conscious hip-hop. How he transitioned into soul singing is a story in itself.