Twenty-nine years ago this month Fishbone released Truth and Soul. At the time they were budding punk funk ska band resistant to stereotypes about Black bands that shaped record company’s marketing plans for Black music. Truth and Soul went against the usual expectations of a Black band because Fishbone shamelessly plays multi genres with a mostly punk base. The album is influenced by everyone from Iggy Pop to Curtis Mayfield. Today Fishbone is still against being pigeon-holed and have achieved the status of respected OG Afropunk founders. Frontman and saxophonist Angelo Moore spoke with Riot Fest on the origins of Truth and Soul. Fishbone is on the road right now and Moore has also been making music with The Brand New Step.
Daily Archives: September 19, 2017
Missy Elliott opened VH1’s Hip Hop Honors last night with a performance of “She’s A Bitch.” The trailblazing video was referenced in the stage act with Missy and her troupe of dancers dressed in all black space meets the city gear. Hype Williams who directed Missy’s video for “She’s A Bitch” and so many other important videos from the ’90s was honored. The theme of the show was 90’s Game Changers and people from that era who moved the culture were honored including Martin Lawrence, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Master P.
Stas Thee Boss introduces Shabazz Palaces before they perform a live set in the KEXP studios. They take a quick break and she interviews them about their current albums Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. They discuss the possibility of turning the albums into an animated series before finishing their set.
Esperanza Spalding’s EXPOSURE album is centered around improvisation and capturing the musical moment in one take. She brainstormed the project live on Facebook last week and Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway were two of her guests. Watch her and Lalah Hathaway in the above clip as they creatively decide on where jazz and R&B meet. EXPOSURE will only have 7,777 copies available.