The Prime Eights’ music video for “What’s Love” draws on influences that vary from The Roots to Coltrane.
The five-piece band itself has an intangible quality that provides a little something for everyone. When I was first sent this video I was skeptical about a band trying to do rap, but I found that it actually works well. Rap music today is often comprised of simple beats that lack complex instrumentals and I find it refreshing to hear a full band doing hip hop. With an intriguing fusion of hip hop, rock, and jazz that combines star-caliber instrumentation with good lyricism, the Prime Eights are a fine band.
The group’s debut EP, So You Say You Want An Evolution?, can be found on all digital distribution outlets like Napster, Rhapsody, iTunes, Spotify, and more. Hard copies are available through CDBaby and the Amazon Music Store, while merchandise is available at Shadow Creek Entertainment.