The lovely soulful voice of Portsmouth, VA raised singer, Lady Wray (formerly Nicole Wray) comes with plenty of well-known music dating back to the late 1990's, with Missy Elliot collaborations. She has shown exceptional style and grace since delivering the soul and funk on the label Big Crown Records. Owner of Big Crown Records, Leon Michels (of El Michels Affair) has made a fitting home for Ms. Wray, as you can hear from her 2016 album Queen Alone. The original song "Piece of Me" blessed our ears over three years ago and became the self-titled track of Lady Wray's 2022 album. Now in 2023 we get Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, who is no stranger to R&B songs be the companion for the A-side "Piece Of Me" remix! The B-side of Big Crown Records new 7" vinyl release is a remix of "Joy & Pain" by Mt. Vernon's own Pete Rock! If you want to hear that B-Side it will be available April 12, 2023 digitally. Since the vinyl pre-order began today (March 13, 2023) you will hear the song sooner than later as the vinyl begins shipping today (March 13, 2023). Go support the vinyl below at either Big Crown Records website or their Bandcamp.
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"On January 28, 2022, Lady Wray released her Piece Of Me album. A deeply personal record that takes on the good and the bad in life from deception and abuse to the joys of motherhood and triumph. The accolades the album has received in the year it has been out speak volumes. Performing on The Stephen Colbert Show, selling out multiple US tours, cleaning up in the best of 2022 lists, and then crushing an NPR Tiny Desk on the 1 year anniversary of the album. Piece Of Me continues to find its way to new ears and has already proved itself a timeless classic. So where do you go from here?
When Ghostface Killah reaches out and says he wants to do a remix of the title track you do that. The A side, “Piece Of Me” (Remix) features Ironman himself who puts down a verse about a relationship that ran its course but no one is sure they did the right thing in. Ghostface sounds right at home over the gully Leon Michels produced track and takes the already rock solid tune to another level.
Then what do you do for a B side….You call The Chocolate Boy Wonder, Pete Rock and get him to remix “Joy & Pain”. Pete takes one of the stand out tunes on the album and gives it an entirely different energy with thundering drums and a bassline that shake the windows in the car.
Two killer remixes bringing in Hip Hop royalty to lend their talents to Lady Wray’s music. Dreams come true…"
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