What Studio 52 Says: This week we’re venturing about 300 miles outside of the Boston music scene because Philadelphia-based funk, soul, hip-hop, and R&B collective ILL DOOTS are far too dank to overlook. Formed in 2009 in the midst of a jam session, ILL DOOTS have since expanded beyond just the band; they’ve declared they’re “a collective of artists, educators, and activists” and their primary main objective is clear — they’re “on a lifelong mission to change the way our communities respond to and value music, art, and life.”
In 2014 they launched the “I Love Learning” initiative (I.L.L., get it?), which include work shops ILL DOOTS host in their hometown of Philly and in other cities along their tour routes. These work shops spread the love of life and art across all mediums to entire communities, and are completely free to attend. They have also composed original music for two live theater productions, one of which won the Barrymore Award for Best Original Music. They have a backlog of recorded music you can download for a donation amount of your choosing on their website, and they really lay down the funked up soul on their latest single “Sheep.”
Thought provoking and relevant, the chorus repeatedly states “I feel like a sheep being led by technology” and the song as a whole encourages listeners to put the phone down and check out whats happening outside the world of social media; which, if you can white knuckle it through the initial anxiety attack, is actually quite tranquil. “Sheep” has got an old school funk and soul vibe with dashes of more modern hip-hop and R&B flavor, which sounds like Andre 3000 and Flea decided to make a song together and have George Clinton produce it — if that bass line doesn’t make you move, you’re a crazy person.