MC J-Dubble and DJ/producer are Rik Ducci are New Orleans duo The Essence, presenting their new single “Soul Man”. J-Dubble and Ducci joined forces after recording their instant classic, “Ducci Don’t Trip” from Rik Ducci’s Pride 4 Lunch Sleep 4 Dinner EP series, and went on to record their self-titled 2015 album (Bandcamp). J-Dubble has shared stages Rakim, KRS-One, The Hieroglyphics and Ras Kass, and Rik Ducci has been a tour DJ for Busta Rhymes, Camp Lo and the Beatnuts. Together they’ve opened for Large Professor, Illa J, Elzhi and KRS-One. Ducci says “Soul Man” was “J-Dubble’s idea. We sat one day before a show talking about the killings of innocent unarmed black men by police and the lifestyle inequality that still exists, from filling out a job application to even booking an AirBnB. J spoke from the heart and we ended up with ‘Soul Man’.” The Essence are working on their second LP, Cold Plates.


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