Since 1987 we’ve all been fortunate enough to hear Black Thought rhyme over the live instrumentation of The Roots band. With this song, “Live Forever,” we get something a little different; it’s still Thought killin’ it on the mic, but with the Japanese group Cradle Orchestra handling the live sound. From what I hear Cradle Orchestra has been gaining a lot of momentum as one of the international groups at the forefront of “Mellow Hip-Hop.” “Live Forever” appears on Cradle Orchestra’s new LP Velvet Ballads which dropped last month via Goon Trax (love that name). The album also features Talib Kweli, CL Smooth, and Rakaa Iriscience.
Here’s what I have to say about the song:
First I thought “Oh nice! It’s a “No Scrubs” RMX!”, then I thought “Even better! It’s that Craig David song that mentions making love and days of the week!” Then I blacked out for the chorus until Thought came in. He definitely sounds nice on this one, but the chorus could go. He should just call Craig.