Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, and DJ Candlestick chopped and screwed Grizzly Bear’s 2009 and 2017 albums, Veckatimest and Painted Ruins. The album Purple Veckatimest/Painted ruins (CHOPNOTSLOP) features 23 remixed tracks combining different worlds.
The chopped and screwed sound, made popular by DJ Screw, originated in Houston, Texas 30 years ago. With this style, portions of songs are skipped/chopped while the tempo is screwed/slowed down.
Barry Jenkins seems like a die-hard Grizzly Bear fan. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste appreciated the love. Listen below:
R&B isn’t dead. Marco Mckinnis is a 17-year-old Virginia native. His voice is 1997’s Love Jones in vocal form. He premiered “My Own”, a track inspired by a past relationship, with Saint Heron in early 2016. Make room for more soulful sounds, his first project is currently being made. ‘How I Feel’, is his first single, it is available on all streaming platforms.
Also, listen to the track below: Nothing by Rex Orange County ft. Marco Mckinnis
Daniel Caesar is a Canadian Soul/R&B singer and songwriter. He is known for his slow ballad “Get You” featuring Kali Uchis. Before releasing his debut studio album Freudian last month, Caesar released Pilgrim’s Paradise – a seven-song EP featuring my favorite track “Death & Taxes”. No matter what we go through in life we can’t avoid death and taxes. Daniel’s music has heavy religious context due to growing up Seventh Day Adventist. Within the song, Caesar accepts his sins and questions his faith. He’s not sure of what’s real but he’s sure that he will have to pay taxes until he dies. Bummer.
Ever heard the high-pitched “Yes” in the background of your favorite songs? Producers Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans used a faint sample throughout the track. The sample comes from Reverend W.A. Donaldson’s 1959 Baptizing Scene. It is a cut from the compilation “Southern Folk Heritage Series: Sounds Of The South”, compiled and recorded by Alan Lomax, a Texan ethnomusicologist. The compilation caught every facet of life and music in the South that was never heard before in the 1950s. An actual baptizing was recorded at an Alabama baptizing pool. The sample has also been used by artists likeJay-Z,Bryson Tiller, Travis $cott, and Lil Wayne. The sampled screams and sounds of people catching the holy spirit are ironic. While Daniel questions his faith in his song, people celebrate theirs in the background.
aafleur recommendation: Listen to the sample first
Kelis Rogers is a singer, songwriter, chef, and muse from Harlem, NY. The “first girl to scream on a track” stepped onto the music scene when her raspy vocals touched the hook of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Got Your Money. As a singer, she explores R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, and EDM. As a chef who graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, she published “My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World” and debuted her sauce line ‘Bounty & Full’. As a muse, she sets trends, influenced Pharrell’s style, and steps out the box. Kelis is severely and unfairly underrated; the cons of being ahead of her time. She is a trendsetter who develops style and music before it becomes trendy. She is not afraid to be different or authentic. With each album and endeavor, she reinvents herself and her musical approach. She continues to be Kelis while setting trends that will surface in the mainstream several years later.
368701 04: Virgin Records” newest R&B sensation Kelis attends Playboy Magazine”s Celebration of naming Jodi Ann Paterson “2000 Playmate of the Year” at a cocktail reception May 2, 2000 at Eugene Restaurant in New York. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
Kelis Was Here (2006)
Flesh Tone (2010)
<> at Robin Hill Country Park on September 11, 2011 in Newport, Isle of Wight.
This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t. – Colin Kaepernick
Racial protests within sports have occurred as early as 1968. 49 years later, minorities continue to face racial inequality and injustices due to skin color.
Sports professionals have a powerful platform with many viewers. With their popularity and easy reach to over 200 million Americans, any small gesture or movement can influence and inform. Colin Kaepernick used this to his advantage. On August 28, 2016, Kaepernick explained why he sat during the national anthem 2 days prior to. He sat to protest the oppression of people of color and the ongoing issues with police brutality. Kaepernick was ridiculed by the media and conservative viewers who believed that he disrespected America’s values. 1 year later, more NFL players join in solidarity by kneeling, staying in their locker rooms or linking arms with other teammates. These forms of protest are usually avoided due to fear of losing endorsements and advertisements. The ignorant remarks made by 45ignited the flame of empathy from the athletes causing a pattern of protests throughout the NFL world.
70% of NFL players are black men. The fear of losing money was placed before any form of empathy for working-class minorities who are more susceptible to police brutality and racial inequities. Due to the timing, Trump’s comments will out-shadow the protests. Instead of focusing on the original message, the protests are now solely associated with the national anthem. An anthem that was written by Francis Scott Key, a slave owner.
A short film with the shared name was also released. Within the short, the character Penny finds love in a stranger and embarks on a road trip. She tries to fill a void with love and drugs after the recent death of her brother. The short is based on a true story and is an ode to Aiko’s brother, Miyagi, who passed away 5 years ago after battling cancer.
“Time is the gap between ourselves and our desires. Only we can fill the gap. We never know for sure, but know for sure we have to test our luck in the pursuit. And blow away those fires of doubt.” -Twelve’Len
Twelve’len, a Carol City native, and Swedish-born Skott collaborate on “Test Our Luck” for the Meet me in the Gap campaign. The campaign is based on connecting different worlds, styles, and looks. Different sounds and cultures come together and show that they can coexist. “When we meet people who are not like us we will probably find we have more in common that the stuff that keeps us apart”.