April 2nd, 2012
This month we’re featuring the new book The One: The Life and Music of James Brown along with a contest to win a free copy!! Go to the Archives of African American Music and Culture’s Facebook page, find the post “Enter the James Brown Book Giveaway” and leave a comment by Monday April 9th to be entered in the drawing.
Seattle takes center stage in this issue, with a review of three emerging hip hop artists—Chev, Khingz, and the group Theoretics—as well as new releases from Seattle label Light in the Attic including Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1967 –1974 (CD and companion book), the Wendy Rene compilation After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles, and the reissue of Bo Diddley’s Black Gladiator, which preceded Isaac Hayes’ iconic Stax album Black Moses by a year (be sure to follow the link to hear Diddley’s operatic interlude on the song “I Don’t Like You”!).
Detroit also receives coverage, beginning with the new release by gospel group 21:03, followed by a self-titled hip hop album from Random Axe (comprised of Black Milk, Guilty Simpson and Sean Prince), and Elzhi & Will Sessions’ Elmatic (a tribute to Nas’s classic album Illmatic). Other hip hop features include recent releases from Wale, the Ferarri Boyz, Drake, and Freestyle Fellowship.
In honor of Women’s History Month which just concluded, we’re covering albums by three women in rock: Toronto’s Saidah Baba Talibah, Alexis Brown of the Kentucky metalcore band Straight Line Stitch, and the late Poly Styrene, former singer for the legendary British punk band X-Ray Spex; plus albums by three women in gospel: Judith Christie McAllister and Lashun Pace on the Shanachie label, and Shirley Murdock on Tyscot.
Other CDs reviewed this month include a reissue of the debut album from Nigeria’s psychedelic rock group Question Mark, the compilation Let Me Tell You About the Blues-New Orleans, two releases from the DC-based reggae group See-I, the new self-titled release from The Sounds of Blackness, and Toro y Moi’s “chillwave” album Underneath the Pine.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History