Joy Denalane “Should Have Never” Ft. Bilal (Jake 1 Remix)

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I saw Bilal for the first time in concert a couple weeks back at The Robert Glasper concert. He seems to have found a knack for collaborating with talented like-minded artists. Hence the Joy DenalaneShould Have Never” Jake 1 Remix, featuring Bilal. While she’s a German native, she’s no foreigner to collaborating with artists from the U.S. Back in 2006, which was the last time we heard from her, she released Born and Raised, which featured the song “Change,” a collaboration with Lupe Fiasco. You can expect her latest joint to be on her upcoming album Mareen, which is set to release on April 3rd. Here’s a little insight behind the title name:

I was christened ‘Joy Maureen Denalane’. Maureen was my father’s first true love, the woman who he originally wanted to marry but who he ended up leaving behind in South Africa. By giving me ‘Maureen’ as a middle name, my mother showed that she respected both him, her, and their relationship. She said, ‘I know about this woman, Maureen, and she has a place in our lives. Let’s name our first daughter after her.’

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Mike Orie

Mike Orie is the co-founder and creative director of TheConsciousTip.com. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago.

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