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“The Blooming” is the title track that opens up Maimouna Youssef’s first solo full-length CD since she came upon the mainstream scene in the early new millennium as a vocalist featured on The Roots’ GRAMMY-nominated song “Don’t Feel Right”, and a lively performance artis...t sharing the stage with a bevy of artists ranging from Angelique Kidjo and Nas to Martin Luther and Mos Def. The eclectic and out-of-the-box Youssef presents her title track as the CD’s kick-off, bursting through the speakers with a revolutionary fire as she becomes Mumu Fresh, her MC alter-ego who unabashedly steals the mic from her softer chanteuse side to break rhymes inspired by an unapologetic childhood in Baltimore’s concrete jungle coupled with an enchanting spiritual foundation borne from a close relationship with her spiritual guides and supportive elders. Youssef breaks conformity with a rap song that is neither conventional nor predictable, wearing lyrics that are both transcendental and contemporary in their message. Delivering said lyrics as fiercely and uncompromisingly as a young Lauryn Hill on the now classic Miseducation CD, Youssef become’s Hill worthy successor. Zap Mama bequeaths the crown to Youssef at the song’s end in a fleeting voice-over alerting you that this track is only the appetizer.Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef is a Grammy nominated seasoned singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. She received a Grammy nomination for her contribution on the Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007 for best rap song. She has swapped musical licks with such artists as Angelique Kidjo, Brian Wilson’s band, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Dead Prez, Wilco, Zap Mama, Cody Chestnut, Martin Luther, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli.
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