MC J-Dubble and DJ/producer are Rik Ducci are New Orleans duo The Essence, presenting their new single ‘Soul Man’. J-Dubble and Ducci joined forces after recording their instant classic, ‘Ducci Don’t Trip’ from Rik Ducci’s ‘Pride 4 Lunch Sleep 4 Dinner’ EP series, and went on to record their self-titled 2015 album (Bandcamp).
J-Dubble has shared stages Rakim, KRS-One, The Hieroglyphics and Ras Kass, and Rik Ducci has been a tour DJ for Busta Rhymes, Camp Lo and the Beatnuts. Together they’ve opened for Large Professor, Illa J, Elzhi and KRS-One.
Ducci says ‘Soul Man’ was “J-Dubble’s idea. We sat one day before a show talking about the killings of innocent unarmed black men by police and the lifestyle inequality that still exists, from filling out a job application to even booking an AirBnB. J spoke from the heart and we ended up with ‘Soul Man'”.
The Essence are working on their second LP, ‘Cold Plates’.