Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Tricky Reconnects With Martina Topley-Bird On When We Die

Tricky reconnects with longtime collaborator Martina Topley-Bird on the slow-moving “When We Die.” The eerie sounds reflect his vision of embracing death to accept the new  as he says; “If you don’t accept death you don’t really accept life.” Tricky and Topley-Bird have not worked together in 15 years. Their partnership began when she was the featured vocalist on his critically acclaimed 1995 Maxinquaye debut album that was released one month before their daughter was born. Tricky is releasing a new album titled Ununiform. The new album was conceptualized in Moscow and recorded in his new home of Berlin. He has worked with new people and old including Russian rapper Scriptonite and singer Francesca Belmonte. Ununiform will be released September 22nd on his False Idols label.

1. Obia Intro
2. Same As It Ever Was (feat. Scriptonite)
3. New Stole (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
4. Wait For Signal (feat. Asia Argento)
5. It’s Your Day (feat. Scriptonite)
6. Blood Of My Blood (feat. Scriptonite)
7. Dark Days (feat. Mina Rose)
8. The Only Way
9. Armor (feat. Terra Lopez)
10. Doll (feat. Avalon Lurks)
11. Bang Boogie (feat. Smoky Mo)
12. Running Wild (feat. Mina Rose)
13. When We Die (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)

Leikeli47 Drops Video For Miss Me

Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47 follows up the debut of her single “Miss Me” with the video. She takes over a bodega and works behind the counter in between dancing in the aisles and sitting outside in a lawn chair. Her whole performance happens with scarf never leaving to reveal her full face. See her perform at Afropunk’s festival this year.


Snowfall Premieres In Detroit

John Singleton’s new TV series, Snowfall made its Detroit premiere last night. Singleton and the cast joined viewers after the screening of the first episode for questions and photographs. The director, who made history exactly 26 years ago today with the release of Boyz In The Hood, shared his motivation for the show about the rise of crack cocaine in Los Angeles. As a native of South Central Los Angeles, Singleton wanted to revisit the past and present the drug epidemic because of its long-term effects still visible today. He recalled how the drug destroyed relationships between young people and the elders evidenced by the way the former once respected their older neighbors until they began to instill fear in them. The cast included Detroiter Angela Lewis who plays the role of Aunt Louie and veteran actress Michael Hyatt as Cissy Saint the single mother of Jerome and Franklin Saint. Damson Idris is one of the story’s focal points as Hyatt’s teenaged drug-dealing son. Idris spoke briefly to Kick Mag about drawing from his personal experience for the role and said that his hometown of Peckham, England is the “British equivalent of South Central.” When asked about learning to speak American dialect for the role he stated his challenge:

“Not making it comical. It was really important to me to sound like a real person. When I use to practice the American accent when I used to I was in London I use to look at people like Kat Wiliams and Eddie Murphy so I kind of had this template but when I started learning how to play Franklin I looked at more serious actors like Denzel Washington so it was definitely most difficult transitioning to an American accent and doing it just normal.”

Singleton emerged as one of the hottest young filmmakers when he debuted Boyz In The Hood which was also a return to his neighborhood but Snowfall has a different feeling even though there are similar timelines. Snowfall does not focus solely on family ties but a few different stories that intersect at the drug trade. Singleton created the show with Eric Amadio and Dave Andron and he expressed the importance of making a show that was not so downtrodden as to depress viewers but being careful not to glamorize the events. Snowfall is already doing well in the ratings game and is on its way to becoming one of the most memorable shows to debut this summer.

Snowfall airs on the FX channel Wednesday night at 10 ET.