Recently the good folks at ACCLAIM magazine featured a collection of 35mm photos I took while driving across the U.S in June as part of their ‘Postcards’ series. Check out the full post here which includes captions for each picture, written by me.
“I’ll make describing your beauty my sacred duty.”
Two and a half years after dropping – perhaps the most incredible debut mixtape we have seen in recent years – 1999, Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ has released his much anticipated studio album, B4.DA.$$.
At only 20 years old, one of the most striking aspects of his flow is the potent influence of 90s hip-hop which acts as the solid foundation upon which he builds. His music also contains clear elements from his West Indian heritage, inventive components of new New York rap, topped off with a youthful fearlessness to add other genres such as dance and electronic into the mix. Still in the early stages of what is shaping up to be a long musical career, the rapper seems to exist as one of those rare talents who is loved and respected by everyone in the industry. Just one listen to any of the myriad projects/songs released by Joey and ProEra in the last three years and it isn’t hard to see why – His vision and lyrical talent are undeniable.
In Like Me (which features BJ The Chicago Kid), Joey ponders his mortality against the backdrop of Brooklyn. While the video itself has a clear storyline, it would be foolish not to look further into the message behind it and realise that Joey is exploring the deeper (and currently relevant) themes of police brutality, minority incarceration, fear, redemption, and hope.
Listen to B4.DA.$$ in full here.
Brooklyn six piece, Phony Ppl, are all I’ve been bumping for the last two weeks. (Shout out to the all-knowing Matt for putting me on.) Their recent digital release Yesterday’s Tomorrow has distinct components of nu-jazz, R&B, soul, and hip-hop.
While fusing genres is nothing new in 2015, refreshingly, their music relays to listeners a potent feeling of infectious live energy that is sorely lacking in today’s musical climate.