XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ain’t Got It Like That” by Earl St. Clair

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Earl St. Clair | photo by Ryan Jay | courtesy of the artist

Meet singer, songwriter and producer Earl St. Clair. Originally from Cleveland, he was born Earl Johnson II, spent most of his childhood in Alabama, getting his start as a producer for rappers Rick Ross and Machine Gun Kelly, and collaborating with electronic music superstar David Guetta. On his own, St. Clair is steeped in gritty soul and R&B.

St. Clair’s debut EP, My Name Is Earl is a fantastic seven song collection of raw, emotionally intense soul, with elements of more modern R&B. Recently, he was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He told Audie Cornish that while he wasn’t planning on being a singer, he started singing in the studio while he was working as a producer.

Listen to All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish’s interview with St. Clair below, and listen to the bluesy “Ain’t Got It Like That.”

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