Back in December, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, two immensely lyrical talents — and longtime partners — became engaged. Aside from giving this writer some hope that eventually he will find his one true love, the duo also announced the release of a new project together, Everything’s Fine.
“We have a dickhead for a president, and before our eyes, racial, religious, and sexual identity rights are moving backwards,” says Quelle. “Money is still a thing (I’m waiting for Star Trek life to start). There’s war, your kids may be sick, but if someone randomly asks ‘how’s it going?’ most people will say ‘fine.’”
“This album is full of our minds. Our hearts. Our love for production, and words. flow and a lot of musicality,” Jean adds. “We don’t approach topics, issues, writing, or making beats in the same way. I’m harsh, blunt, quick, technical, I arrange classically and play more than I sample. I make joints with 80 tracks. I’m layers upon layers upon layers. Quelle is patient, he’s kinder. More loose and minimalistic. He makes sounds work together that shouldn’t f**king work. How? I have no idea. These are dreams within dreams.”
Led by the singles “Zero” and “OhSh,” the fifteen-track project features a wide array of guests: comedians John Hodgeman, Hannibal Buress, Nick Offerman and Michael Che, Your Old Droog, Anna Wise and Denmark Vessey, among others. Stream the album in its entirety, via your preferred streaming platform, below.