Thundercat posted a new song today titled “Bus In These Streets.” Flying Lotus programmed and edited the song that premiered on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show.Thundercat is performing at the Afropunk Festival this year and he has tour dates coming up with Shabazz Palaces, George Clinton, Flying Lotus and The Gaslamp Killer in California.
North Carolina producer L’Orange and Mr. Lif announced their collaboration album, The Life & Death Of Scenery, today. “Strange Technology” is the first publicly shared sound from the project and the song includes Mr. Lif’s fellow Perceptionists member Akrobatik and San Diego artist Gonjasufi. The Life & Death Of Scenery comes out digitally on October 7th via Adult Swim and Mello Music Group will release physical copies on October 14th.
Maxwell and his girlfriend share an evening together at home in his “1990x” video. Maxwell is touring Europe and Australia with Mary J.Blige for the rest of the year in support of black SUMMER’s night.
Santigold’s video for “Banshee” is co-directed by artist Kara Walker and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos. Santigold starts the video holding a sign that says “Will Work For Blood” and later she dances onstage and a marionette bearing her likeness becomes the focus of the show. Santigold’s 99 ⍧ents album is out now and you can stream it here and buy it here.
Afropunk’s annual festival is taking place in Brooklyn again this year and the festival is taking place August 27th and 28th. The After Dark series will begin Thursday (August 25th) evening and end on Monday, August 29th. Saturday night Nikki Giovanni will read poetry and Saul Williams is the host. The Gza will perform with DJ Premier Saturday night at a secret location and Angelo Moore is the host. There will be a dance party, a Black party, a performance from Laura Mvula among the many events. See the full After Dark list of events here.
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Tayla is a UK native and her “Call Me Danger” single pulls from ’80’s synth-heavy R&B and R&B/pop of the 2000’s. According to Tayla: “Call Me Danger’ is about feeling 100% confident and not giving a flying fuck about what anyone else thinks. Going out, having your look on point, feeling killer sexy and having the attitude to back it up.”
San Francisco – When bestselling author Terry E. Hill initially released his political stunner “The Committee” on Urban Renaissance, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., late last year, the idea of a female presidential candidate was still just a possibility and not a reality. Now almost eight months later, Hillary Clinton is the first female presidential nominee for a major U.S. political party. With current headlines surrounding the campaign reeking of scandal, controversy and devious manipulations, Hill knew it was time to reintroduce his work to book lovers.
“The Committee” is an enthralling tale that reveals the behind the scenes circumstances surrounding the making of the first Black female president. Though written as a fiction, considering the current political landscape, readers will wonder how far from the truth the book actually is. Hill has released a new trailer to promote“The Committee” and is launching a social media campaign to heighten awareness of this captivating tale.
Frank Ocean stirred the internet with the internet streams on his website and then he released his visual album Endless. This past weekend he followed-up Endless with his Blonde album. Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce are some of the artists who appear on the album. Blonde is the new name for the album previously titled Boys Don’t Cry.
D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq and Questlove covered Prince’s “She Always In My Hair” in 1997 for the Scream 2 soundtrack. Their version took away the low-fi psychedelic qualities of Prince’s recording and they added heavy funk and soul. “She’s Always In My Hair” is an ongoing addition to D’Angelo’s live shows and he performed another exceptional version at the 2014 Afropunk Festival.