Pearl Gates shares his new album titled ‘Live From The First’.
‘Live From The First‘, the debut album by Pearl Gates is a sonic evolutionary process, chronicling his journey from the streets to the rap game.
The stage is set in the trenches and as it gradually shifts to a more elevated space and state of consciousness, the common thread revealing itself throughout the process is growth. The music is engaging; from gritty and ruthless sounds on â€œRocks Right Nowâ€ to a virtuous and energizing vibe on â€œElevateâ€, Gates delivers a welcoming, well balanced musical experience. â€œLive From The Firstâ€ is brash, honest, thought provoking and highly conceptual while providing insight on everyday life in one of NYC’s more bustling and enterprising communities, Washington Heights.
The first in the album title refers to the nick-name for 181st street in upper Manhattan where Pearl Gates comes from. â€œMost of the tracks on the album revolve around stories and experiences from the blockâ€ he reveals. That doesnâ€™t necessarily mean all of the stories are about street life however. Gates, who is also an accomplished singer, also manages to incorporate his soulful hooks into the songs without sacrificing the Hip-Hop elements of each track. Gates says â€œmy father was a singer and I inherited his talent of perfect pitch. I use it to flesh out my music but lately Iâ€™ve been asked to contribute hooks by Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Wordsworth and other artists, which is flatteringâ€.
Some notable features who appear on â€œLive From The Firstâ€ include Cassidy, Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo) and Torae. Speaking on the latter Pearl Gates revealed â€œI didnâ€™t expect Cassidy to be on the album. We have a mutual friend who is a producer and one night he brought him through just to hang out. Cassidy heard the track and said, you want me to get on this? That was all loveâ€. Other up and coming artists will appear on the album as well.