Some Sleep On Beds, Most Sleep On Majid Jordan
I’m assuming most of you are slumbering so, here’s a wake-up call for you: stop sleeping on these very special guys named Majid Jordan. Yes, they are two different people who came together a few years ago in the city of Toronto to give us their magical music.
Whether you know them or not, you have all heard them before. Believe it or not, but these guys were responsible for the 2013 pop hit we know as “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” performed by the people’s favorite rapper, Drake. Majid Al Maskati, 25, sang part of the song along with the background vocals and penned the hit while Jordan Ullman, 22, co-produced the beat alongside producer Nineteen85. They are currently signed to Drake’s label, OVO Sound and Warner Bros.
In a recent New York Times article, their music was described as, “Lush, satiny tracks influenced equally by dance and ‘90s R&B in near anonymity.” In simpler words, I would say their music is amazing and what’s even more amazing is the fact that they create it all by themselves.
The duo first met in Toronto as just two students who happened to have a mutual taste in the music they liked. Ullman turned his dorm into a recording studio and the two started to write and record songs together. They released the tracks they worked on under the name, Good People, and named the project Afterhours before uploading it on SoundCloud in 2012. Via the streaming service, their music landed in the ears of Drake’s right hand, producer and engineer, Noah “40” Shebib, who immediately contacted the duo and requested to meet them.
After the official meeting with Shebib and the man himself, Drake, the duo was offered a record deal which they ended up signing. After the sudden fame from the success of, “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” they also landed credits on Beyoncé’s self-titled album on the track, “Mine,” featuring Drake. Following the success, fame and exposure of 2013, Majid and Jordan went on to release a five-track EP called, A Place Like This, in the summer of 2014.
Like most of their music, A Place Like This sounded majestic but also went unnoticed and unappreciated by many. I call it a hidden gem but if you know about it, then you know what I mean. There is hardly any album or EP I listen to without skipping at least one track, but A Place Like This is in my personal “no-skips” list. To me, their music is warm, welcoming, upbeat, and just something that makes me want to hit the two-step as well.
On February 5th, 2016, the dynamic duo released their self-titled debut album, Majid Jordan. Its first single, “My Love,” featured Drake and was released this past summer on the very first episode of OVO Sound Radio on Apple Music. They later released more songs and visuals off the album including one for the current single, “Something About You.” They have briefly summarized the album as an introduction to “Majid Jordan” and what their world consists of at this moment in time. They are also planning a tour soon, starting in North America, which I am anxiously looking forward to attending.
I personally don’t believe in album reviews because I don’t believe in producing opinions based on other opinions, but here are some of my favorite Majid Jordan records. Also, if you want to get into their music, check out their previous projects here: Afterhours-
A Place Like This