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Blend the old-school sound with a quirky hybrid of and and you get Little Jackie, the creation of genre-defying Imani Coppola and programmer Adam Pallin. With a nod to the soulful Motown rhythms of the past and a sneer to many of the social and cultural issues that consume the public today, Coppola has crafted an album of musical sugar and spice, filled with sweet, saccharine-tinged melodies and spicy, bold commentaries.

Coppola had an early brush with fame when a demo she cut with Digable Planets producer Michael Mangini during her freshman year at the State University of New York landed her a record deal with Columbia Records. In 1997 the 19-year-old music composition major’s debut record Chupacabra earned radio and MTV buzz with the cheeky, Neneh Cherry-reminiscent lead single Legend Of A Cowgirl and her dynamic NYC persona was introduced to mainstream America.

Little Jackie is Imani’s return to center stage. The Long Island native, who was raised in a musical household by a black mother and white father who were both always playing and performing music, named the project after a mischievous little boy named Jackie who set her family’s backyard on fire and fittingly after the Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam song Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star.

Coppola met Pallin, a Boston native who grew up listening to hip-hop and the golden oldies his parents cranked during car rides, through Mangini.


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