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DJ Black – “Scorpio Season” (EP Review)

DJ Black is a rapper and guitarist from Stockton, California. Starting as a guitarist in the group HED .P.E., Black has quickly grown as a solo artist. After rolling out many successful singles, including “Blood on My Adidas” and “Remember November”, fans have been waiting for a full-length project from the up and comer. “Scorpio Season” is the name of his debut ep, and it captures every element of what makes DJ Black such a unique individual compared to his peers. DJ Black compiles his e...
Tags: Reviews, America, Adidas, Albums, Jazz, Black, Scorpio Season, DJ Black, Stockton California Starting, HED P E Black, Sonically DJ Black, Stupid N Young Black, Overall DJ Black

Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Duo Young Black And Gifted

Hey Young Black And Gifted! Please tell us how many years have you guys been making music? Where are you guys from? Most importantly, how did you guys meet? Kidd Called Quest We’ve been working together for almost 15 years now. I started out producing back in 2000 when I was in the 7/8th grade. I grew up in the suburb Webster that was like 15/20 minutes outside of the inner city of Rochester NY. I was always back and forth. I had cousins that lived in the inner city, I met Azariah through our b...
Tags: Europe, US, America, Chicago, Jazz, Rochester, Wu Tang Clan, Rza, Def Jam, Upstate Ny, Webster, Kidd, Pete Rock, Rochester NY, Quest, Q&A Interviews

DaBaby Performing In Decatur Tonight As Georgia Sees Record COVID-19 Surge

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has essentially shut down live music in America, with most artists forgoing performing for now and a few attempting new socially distanced alternatives. But a few artists have been controversially forging ahead with normal concert experiences. For instance, last weekend country singer Chase Rice put on a show in … More »
Tags: Music, News, America, Blac Youngsta, Decatur, Chase Rice, Moneybagg Yo, DaBaby

Sufjan Stevens – “America”

Sufjan Stevens may never have been serious about making an album for all 50 states, but the man still has thoughts on the Union. He just released a new song called "America," the 12-minute closing track from his upcoming album. More »
Tags: Music, America, Sufjan Stevens

John Prine’s Last Song Was Also His First to Go No. 1: Watch Him Perform “I Remember Everything”

It feels cosmically ironic that Great American Songwriter John Prine died of COVID-19 in early April, just before the U.S. response to the virus was developing into what may well be the Greatest Political Folly most Americans have ever witnessed in their lifetimes. Mass death for profit and power, colossal stupidity and bullying ignorance—these were just the kinds of things that got Prine’s wheels turning. His thoughts became folk poetry with teeth. Prine’s targets included the conservat...
Tags: Google, Music, College, America, Bill Murray, Leonard Cohen, Facebook Twitter, John Prine, NPR Music, Dave Cobb, Tom Petty, Josh Jones, Prine, Durham NC Follow, Zaleski, Annie Zaleski

Alleged KKK Member Patrick Fontaine Creath Jr. Out on $500 Bond After Shooting Daughter’s Black Boyfriend, Claims It Was Self-Defense

A white man who is allegedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan is out on bond after he shot his daughter’s Black boyfriend in Virginia Beach and told police that he acted in self-defense. 43-year-old Patrick Fontaine Creath Jr. was charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony stemming from a June 19th shooting in the 900 block of Maximus Square, where a man—Creath’s daughter’s boyfriend—was seriously injured. Police said there was an altercation between Creath an...
Tags: Crime, News, Shooting, Guns, America, Kkk, Jazz, EMS, Gun Violence, Ku Klux Klan, Virginia Beach, Benjamin Crump, Ben Crump, Virignia, Linda Kuehn, Virginia Beach Police Department

Kanye West: Wash Us in the Blood review – an intensely potent study of race and faith

This new track sees Kanye at his very best, corralling his anger with masterful focus into an apocalyptic vision of AmericaAmerica, divided along racial and political lines and led by its own Herod, faces an invisible plague and a public reckoning against its history of violence. It’s against this Biblical backdrop that Kanye West imagines the next apocalyptic event, in one of his most focused and arresting tracks for years.Wash Us in the Blood sees the rapper call for a blood rain to deliver bl...
Tags: Music, Religion, Race, America, World news, US news, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Hip-hop, Christianity, Kanye, Herod, Arthur Jafa, AmericaAmerica

Chase Rice Responds To Backlash Over Crowded No-Mask Concert

Chase Rice -- who, if you are like me, you know more from his awkward Bachelor appearance than you know him as a country musician -- just held a concert the other day. As many parts of America are returning to some semblance of normal life but also grappling with steeply rising COVID-19 … More »
Tags: Music, News, America, Chase Rice

Listen to This July 4th Playlist If You Have Complicated Feelings About America

America is ... well. We are in quite the place, aren’t we. We originally published this July 4th playlist last year, thinking the country couldn’t possibly devolve further into chaos, and how wrong we were! Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Usa, Holidays, America, Lifehacks, Playlists, Apple Music, Independence Day, Featured Playlist, July 4th

Bands Whose Names Refer To Slavery Are Changing Their Names, And Sometimes More

The band names are a symbol – just a symbol, perhaps, but a strong one. However: “The question is not, “‘hould bands whose names have ties to slavery change them?’ The question is: Are we committed to looking our awful history in the eyes, admitting that it led us to a place in which Black people in America are still systematically mistreated, and doing everything we can to fix that?” – Vice
Tags: Art, Music, America, 06.26.20

Jamo Gang – “Francis Scott Key” (Video)

Jamo Gang is the trio of LA legend Ras Kass, NYC vet El Gant, and emcee/producer J57, and today they’re sharing the politically charged new video for “Francis Scott Key.” The track stems from their well received recently released full length LP, Walking With Lions, which shares its name with the American lawyer best known for writing the US national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The track is an anthem in its own right, but more about protesting for what’s right and just, and Brian Sachs...
Tags: Videos, La, US, America, Jazz, Lions, Ras Kass, J57, Francis Scott, El Gant, Jamo Gang, Fat Beats Records, Brian Sachsen, Ras Gant, Jacken Slaine

As America’s Orchestras Remain Closed, In Other Countries They’re Getting Back To Work

From Taiwan to Germany to Spain to Quebec, lockdowns are lifting and orchestras are figuring out ways to make music again. David Patrick Stearns looks into what they’re trying, from Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Beethoven symphony cycle with the (carefully spaced) Orchestre Métropolitain in a largely empty Montreal hall to Prague’s Collegium 1704 performing Baroque music with masks on (even the woodwinds and singers) to an opera in Salzburg where the characters all hate each other so much that they st...
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, America, Spain, Taiwan, Prague, Beethoven, Montreal, Salzburg, Quebec, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain, David Patrick Stearns, 06.20.20

6ix9ine Has The #1 Song In America

Pop music is an unpredictable beast. A year and a half ago, Tekashi 6ix9ine was a rap pariah who was looking at a possible life imprisonment. Today, 6ix9ine isn't just a free man. He's also got the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard reports that "Trollz," 6ix9ine's recent collaboration … More »
Tags: Music, News, America

Miles Davis is Attacked, Beaten & Arrested by the NYPD Outside Birdland, Eight Days After the Release of Kind of Blue (1959)

It is hard, on the other hand, to blame the policeman, blank, good-natured, thoughtless, and insuperably innocent, for being such a perfect representative of the people he serves. He, too, believes in good intentions and is astounded and offended when they are not taken for the deed.  —James Baldwin James Baldwin’s 1960 essay “Fifth Avenue, Uptown” is rich with heartrending ironies and razor-sharp refutations of the usual apologies for racist violence in America. It does not matter, Bald...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, America, History, Chicago, Missouri, New York Times, Davis, Miles Davis, St Louis, Judy, Facebook Twitter, Baldwin

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence Outright REFUSES to Say “Black Lives Matter,” Even on Juneteenth

During an interview with an ABC affiliate in Pennsylvania on Friday (Jun. 19), Mike Pence refused to say the words “Black lives matter,” instead saying that “all lives matter.” Via CNN: “Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy,” Pence told 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia when asked directly if he would say that Black lives matter. “And in this nation, especially on Juneteenth, we celebrate the fact that from the founding of this nation we’ve cherished the ideal that all...
Tags: Videos, Politics, Wtf, News, Abc, America, Pennsylvania, Jazz, Philadelphia, Brian, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Christ, Black, Mike Pence, Pence

Killer Cop Garrett Rolfe Charged With Felony Murder & Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon in Death of Rayshard Brooks

The Fulton County District Attorney’s office has filed charges against the officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot. During a press conference Wednesday afternoon (Jun. 17), Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard announced that former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe will be charged with felony murder and 10 other charges, including felony murder and multiple assault with a deadly weapon charges. Howard said Devin Brosnan, the other officer on the scene, also faces three ...
Tags: Crime, News, Minneapolis, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Jazz, Capitol Hill, Wendy, Howard, Brooks, Chris Stewart, Fulton County, Rolfe, Atlanta Police Department, Justin Miller

It’s Official: The NBA is on its Way Back

It’s been a rough few months but screw it; I’m going to Disney World! Not really … wouldn’t it be nice? There have been no sports for months. I guess that’s not entirely true. For some reason, WWE was deemed as ‘essential work’ so, those guys continued to televise matches – what a joke. And at least we’ve finally been getting some UFC events to watch. But there have been two main concerns as we donned our masks to leave the house all spring and on towards summer: Will there even be an MLB seas...
Tags: America, Earth, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Mlb, Ufc, Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers, Disney Land, Disney World, Melo, All Sports Talk, Disney World Not, Disney World According, Yahoo Sports Carmelo

Black Lives Matter Protester Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau Found Dead in Tallahassee; She Went Missing After Tweeting About Being Molested by a Black Man

19-year-old Black Lives Matter protester Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau has reportedly been found dead a little over a week after she went missing in Tallahassee, Florida. The City of Tallahassee Police Department reported Sunday morning (Jun. 14) that two bodies were found just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday night (Jun. 13) while police were investigating a missing persons case. Though officials have not released the names of the deceased, friends and family of Salau have confirmed via social media that on...
Tags: Crime, News, Sexual Assault, America, Rape, Protests, Pop Culture, Jazz, Black Lives Matter, Protesters, Patterson, Missing Persons, Ivan, George, Sandra, Tallahassee

19-Year-Old Black Lives Matter Activist Oluwatoyin Salau Found Dead in Tallahassee; She Went Missing After Tweeting About Being Molested by Black Man She Trusted

19-year-old Black Lives Matter protester Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau has reportedly been found dead a little over a week after she went missing in Tallahassee, Florida. The City of Tallahassee Police Department reported Sunday morning (Jun. 14) that two bodies were found near a roadside just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday night (Jun. 13) while police were investigating a missing persons case. Though officials have not released the names of the deceased, friends and family of Salau have confirmed via soci...
Tags: Crime, News, Sexual Assault, America, Rape, Protests, Pop Culture, Jazz, Black Lives Matter, Protesters, Patterson, Missing Persons, Ivan, George, AARP, Sandra

Hear Enchanting Mixes of Japanese Pop, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Soul, and R&B from the 70s and 80s

Franz Kafka’s unfinished first novel, published by his literary executor Max Brod as Amerika, tells the story of a young European exiled in New York City. He has a series of madcap adventures, winds up in Oklahoma as a “technical worker,” and adopts the name “Negro.” Amerika is a novel written by an artist who had never been to America or met an American. His impression of the country came entirely from his reading. And yet, Kafka leaves readers with an authentically vivid, lasting impre...
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#TakeTwoKnees And The Art Of Transforming Familiar Music In Troubled Times

Anthony McGill, New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist, launched a new mini-genre of musical protest on May 28 when he tweeted a video of himself playing “America the Beautiful,” transposed into a minor key, in honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and “the struggle for justice and decency.” David Patrick Stearns surveys some #TakeTwoKnees responses and some similar musical repurposings from earlier years — from Leonard Bernstein’s famous Beethoven 9th at the fallen Berlin Wall to Jimi Hen...
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin Wall, America, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Woodstock, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, David Patrick Stearns, George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery, 06.11.20

Tyla Yaweh – “Tommy Lee” (Feat. Post Malone)

Earlier this week, the DaBaby/Roddy Ricch collab "Rockstar" became the #1 song in America. And now, the last chilled-out sing-rapper who made a #1 single named "Rockstar" has shown up on a new single named after a particular rockstar. Tylah Yaweh, an Orlando sing/rapper who served as opening act on Post Malone's quarantine-curtailed … More »
Tags: Music, News, America, Orlando, Tommy Lee, Post Malone, Malone, Rockstar, Tyla Yaweh, DaBaby Roddy Ricch, Tylah Yaweh

Study: 90 Percent Of America’s Music Venues Could Be Gone Permanently

According to a new survey, 90 percent of independent venue owners, promoters and bookers say that they will have to close permanently within the next few months, if they can’t get an infusion of targeted government funding. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, America, 06.09.20

This is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "symphony of social justice"

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his iconic "Letter from the Birmingham Jail," a profoundly important message that King's adviser and friend Dr. Clarence B. Jones called a "symphony of social justice." In 2018, Oakland composer Zachary Watkins (Black Spirituals) wrote for the contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet, in honor of Dr. King's activism. The excerpt above features Dr. Jones, currently director of the University of San Francisco Institute for Nonviolence and Social Jus...
Tags: Video, Music, News, New York City, America, Oakland, Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Jones, Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, Clarence B Jones, Zachary Watkins Black Spirituals, Birmingham Jail Film

Meek Mill – “Otherside Of America”

Ever since he got out of prison on a bullshit probation-violation charge in 2018, Meek Mill has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform. The events of the past few weeks have shown just how broken the entire system of policing is in America. Today, Meek Mill has come out … More »
Tags: Music, America, Meek Mill, America Today Meek Mill

Mugshots Released of 4 Officers Charged With George Floyd’s Murder, All 4 Facing Up to 40 Years in Prison

The mugshots of the four former Minneapolis police officers responsible for George Floyd’s death have been released following their arrests, and they all face up to 40 years in prison if convicted as charged. Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were all present when Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis for nearly nine minutes. On Wednesday afternoon (Jun. 3), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison charged Lane, Kueng and Thao with aiding ...
Tags: Crime, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Abc, Mugshots, Police, America, Jazz, Ellison, Floyd, Keith Ellison, MPD, JUN, Hennepin County, Mike Freeman

A Memphis Memory

Twenty-five summers ago, my friend Jodie and I drove my overstuffed Cutlass Ciera from New Jersey to California. I was relocating to Los Angeles for grad school. She was along for the ride. I’m not sure I could have done it without her, but our friendship almost didn’t survive that trip. America can have that effect on people, I guess. By car, it’s possible to get from coast to coast in four days—but we took two weeks, lingering in my favorite music cities throughout the South. On ...
Tags: Mississippi, California, America, Los Angeles, Tennessee, New Jersey, Jazz, Martin Luther King, Memphis, Elvis, Rodney, Wolf, Buddhist, Martin Luther, Lorraine Motel, Lorraine

LL Cool J Shares Rap About Police Brutality

Last night, LL Cool J shared an impassioned video to his social media accounts of him rapping about George Floyd's murder and the protests that have unfolded over the last few days. "For 400 years you had your knees on our necks/ A garden of evil with no seeds of respect/ In America's mirror, all … More »
Tags: Video, Music, America, LL Cool J, George Floyd

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