Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 4: But You Caint Use My Phone Keeps Badu Boundary-less

This is part four of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, two and three. Badu’s most recent project, But You Caint Use My Phone, is a fascinating case study and provides plenty to discuss from black feminist and afrofuturist perspectives. The cover art is comparable to The New Amerykah, Pt. … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 4: But You Caint Use My Phone Keeps Badu Boundary-less

Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Fire in Little Africa ~ Fire in Little Africa In the goal of memory and re-education about the Tulsa Massacre, a group of local artists created this album along with a multimedia education project you can find on their website. Mndsgn ~ Rare Pleasure A gentle, easy-on-the-ears listen, Mndsgn’s romantic musings will keep you repeating this album over and over. THE 6TH LETTER ~ Coneman … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 3: The “New Amerykah” Series Promotes Afro-Futurist Thought

This is part three of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, two, and four. At this point in her career, Erykah Badu had cemented herself as one of the all-time greats in music. Not only had she released three timeless albums, her work collaborating with members of the … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 3: The “New Amerykah” Series Promotes Afro-Futurist Thought

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 2: “Mama’s Gun” & “Worldwide Underground” Cement Legacy

This is part two of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, three, and four. Erykah Badu set a strong foundation in 1997 with Baduizm and “Tyrone.” Each track introduced listeners to her afro-centric ideology and penchant for empathetic and intellectual lyricism, a rare mix in pop culture. She … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 2: “Mama’s Gun” & “Worldwide Underground” Cement Legacy

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 1: “Baduizm” & “Tyrone” Set the Foundation

This is part four of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts two, three, and four. From her debut in 1997, Erykah Badu and her music have empowered people across intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and class. ‘Baduizm,’ her personal philosophy, is based in empathy and honesty and impacts the … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 1: “Baduizm” & “Tyrone” Set the Foundation

Tune in Tuesday: Conway the Machine, Young Thug & YSL Drop Albums

Happy Tune in Tuesday! This week we celebrate new releases from Conway the Machine, Young Thug, AJ Tracey, and Gotham, a duo made up of Talib Kweli and Diamond D. Conway the Machine ~ La Maquina Conway’s back with tighter production and harsher bars. Staking his claim as the lyrical member of Griselda, “La Maquina” proves Conway to be the “GOAT, the grimiest of all … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Conway the Machine, Young Thug & YSL Drop Albums

Tune In: Joyce Wrice, BROCKHAMPTON, Highlight Recent Drops

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! MARSELA ~ Dark Days Over a silky & soulful instrumental, British-Albanian songstress, MARSELA, released a smooth ballad titled “Dark Days” on Feb. 26. Her bassy delivery romanticizes the climbing out of phases of emotional and spiritual pain. MARSELA is a newcomer in the world of soul and R&B, … Continue reading Tune In: Joyce Wrice, BROCKHAMPTON, Highlight Recent Drops

Album Appreciation: Sunni Colón’s “Satin Psicodelic”

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! This album is the best YouTube has ever done with its algorithm. The video Colón created alongside Satin Psicodelic is an epic expression of beautiful color combinations, people, and musical arrangements.  Vocally, Colón appears to be inspired by the neo-soul stylings of D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and other classically … Continue reading Album Appreciation: Sunni Colón’s “Satin Psicodelic”

Griselda’s Dominant 2020: A Meta-Analysis

Pre-2020 criticisms of Griselda were founded in monotonous flows, stale production, and overly-hypebeast attitude. But with seven stellar albums this year from Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Armani Caesar, and Benny the Butcher, not to mention a wonderful project from fellow Buffalo resident Billie Essco, Griselda has proven that Buffalo is here to stay. Stamping Griselda on the map for many casual listeners in 2020 … Continue reading Griselda’s Dominant 2020: A Meta-Analysis

Press Release: Soleil’s New Video, “Whose Side?”

Last month, Soleil unleashed the single, “Whose Side?” The song has garnered much success and praise. Building on the success, Soleil is back with a vibrant, colorful music video for “Whose Side?” The music video matches the upbeat, feel good vibe that the song exudes.  The music video was directed by Samantha Pertusiello. Similarly to how Soleil was involved in the production of the song, Soleil served … Continue reading Press Release: Soleil’s New Video, “Whose Side?”