Philly native and musical tour-de-force Res (say it as Reese) is a true Twelve Bar favorite, and one of those artists we can’t help but admire on all sorts of levels. Like we were born to make the freshest clothes on the block, it seems like Res was just born to make music, and the music she does produce is amongst the freshest and most intelligent you will find out there, in any genre. That she mixes musical styles so effortlessly, bridging industry pigeon-holes with grace and charm, is just one part of the attraction.
That the package is delivered by a voice that is quite simply jaw-droppingly beautiful and versatile is another. Her music is innovative and excellent of course, from stunningly eclectic and electrically stunning debut ‘How I Do’ (2001), a true slept on classic, to more recent projects such as Idle Warship alongside longtime collaborator Talib Kweli and Graph Nobel, or her various self-released solo projects. These include her music-industry-ravaged, yet music-lover-heralded ’Black Girls Rock’ long player, the brilliant ‘Party Robot’ mix-tape, and the soon to be on constant Twelve Bar rotation ‘Reset’ album, teaming her again with ‘How I Do’ producer Doc McKinney.
Res’ career has sometimes seen her fall victim to record label inconsistency and conflict, but as an artist who persists and sometimes just exists to bring her talents and musical vision to the masses, she has flourished in the age of social media, securing a strong and loyal following, and an ever increasing audience for her work. A great voice, insightful and intelligent lyrics, great production, and able to embrace and make coherent a range of musical styles, her music is all executed with finesse and aplomb, and a hip-hop sensibility that ties together the whole package. Like we said, we love her work, and so it we asked her The Twelve, and let her show us just ‘how she do’.
1. Who's in the house?
Res (vocals), Spon (studio engineer), and Whitney (photographer).
2. Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Hell yeah life was great when I was 8 years old...now uhhhhm, a little different!
3. It ain't where you're from, it's...?
How many countries you have travelled to.
4. Give me the fortune, keep the fame?
Exactly my friends...
5. After the show it's the after-party, and after the party it's the...?
Celebrity snack time!!!!
6. It's quite okay for a gangster to wear sandals?
Ewwww! NEVER ok!
7. If I ruled the world?
We would vacation just as much as we worked!
8. Do you want more?
Always, Iam rarely satisfied for long.
9. How does it feel?
It's better in the movies.
10. What's next on the menu?
Oatmeal, my latest go to food.
11. Give me the reason to want you back?
Cos I will make you laugh.
12. Tell us why it's all love...
It's not, that’s a myth!