Cody Chesnutt burst onto the national scene in 2002 when his song “The Seed” was remade for The Roots’ LP Phrenology. That was one of the feel good jams of that year and brought a lot of exposure to Cody’s The Headphone Masterpiece. He dropped off the radar in the last ten years, but he’s back with an excellent album called Landing On A Hundred. I was surprised (although I shouldn’t be since this is 2012) that the record was crowd-funded via Kickstarter. He recorded it at the infamous Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, which gave birth to the big hits of Al Green, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and countless others. Cody’s album has a warm retro feel without being derivative. It’s excellent.
“I’ve Been Life” is one of my favorites from the new material. It’s a tribute to the African continent and the lyrics are heartfelt:
Since the change I’ve been a prisoner of a prisoner
A free hand as a prisoner
A believer and a teacher
Since my birth I’ve been the greatest
Here it is: