February 2021 Black Music Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released in February 2021 across multiple genres—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
Chris Pierce: American Silence (dig)         
Lea Sweet: Black Queen of Country Music (Baysound/Dist. City Hall)

Broadway, Soundtracks
Various: Billie (DVD) (Greenwich)
Various: Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album (Def Jam)

Classical
Scott Davenport Richards, comp.: Cincinnati Opera: Blind Injustice (Fanfare Cincinnati/Naxos)

Comedy, Spoken Word
Richard Pryor: Craps (After Hours) (vinyl reissue) (Omnivore)
Richard Pryor: S/T (vinyl reissue) (Omnivore)

Funk, Rock, Pop, House, Electronic
Bad Brains: Pay to Cum! (7″ vinyl reissue) (Bad Brains)

Gospel, Spirituals, CCM
Bri Babineaux: The Encounter Continues (Tyscot)
Israel Houghton & New Breed: Feels Like Home: The Quarantine Worship Experience      

Jazz
Alan Harris: Kate’s Soul Food (Love Productions)
Calvin Keys: Shawn-Neeq (reissue) (Black Jazz/Real Gone)
Cameron Graves: Seven
Caravela: Orla (None More)
Hamiet Bluiett: Bearer of the Holy Flame (reissue) (Black Fire/Strut)
Jeremy Pelt: Griot: This Is Important! (HighNote)
Joe Chambers: Samba de Maracatu (Blue Note)
Lara Downes: Remember Me To Harlem EP (dig) (Rising Sun)

R&B, Soul
C.Nichole: Pan African Think Tank EP (Kensington Music Group)
Chi-Lites: (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People (reissue) (Org Music)
Jansport J: Save My Soul II (dig) 
José James: New York 2020 Live (Rainbow Blonde)
Joshua Henry: Guarantee EP (S-Curve/BMG)
Jrdnfr: Mona Lisa (dig)  
Julian Vaughn: Chapters of Love (Trippin N’ Rhythm)
Kelly Rowland: K (dig)    
Lava La Rue: Butter-Fly (dig)       
Lucky Daye: Table for Two (dig) (Keep Cool/RCA)
Malika Tirolien: Higher (Ground Up)
Nat Turner Rebellion: Laugh To Keep From Crying (reissue) (Chrysalis)
Pink Sweat$: Pink Planet (Atlantic)
Sanya N’Kanta: These Are the Days EP (Cash Hill)
Terry Blade: American Descendant of Slavery, The Album (dig) (Bandcamp)
The Jacksons: S/T (expanded ed.) (Sony)
The Jacksons: Goin’ Places (expanded ed.) (Sony)
The Jacksons: Destiny (expanded ed.) (Sony)
Trippie Redd & Travis Barker: Neon Shark vs Pegasus (Deluxe Ed.)             

Rap & Hip Hop
10k.Caash: Public Announcement (dig) 
600 Breezy: Art of War (dig)       
Babyface Ray: Unfuckwitable (dig) (Wavy Gang/EMPIRE)
Big Pooh: 41 (Bandcamp)
Call Me Ace: Out of Office (dig) (Bandcamp)
Chester Watson: 1997 (dig) (Pow)
Chris Crack: Might Delete Later (dig) (Bandcamp)
Conway The Machine & Big Ghost Ltd.: If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed (dig) (Drumwork/EMPIRE)
Curren$y: Collection Agency (dig) (Jet Life/EMPIRE)
Cydney Poitier: Point of View (dig) (Bandcamp)
D Smoke: Black Habits Deluxe (Woodworks/Empire)
Devin the Dude: Soulful Distance (Empire)
Drakeo The Ruler: The Truth Hurts (dig)
Ghetts: Conflice ot Interest (dig) (Warner)
Hitmaka & Eric Bellinger: 1-800-Hit-Eazy (dig)     
J Dilla: Welcome to Detroit 20th Anniversary Ed. (BBE)
Jim Jones & Harry Fraud: The Fraud Department (dig) (Empire)
JPEGMAFIA: EP 2 (dig)   
Kevin Gates: Only The Generals Pt. II (dig)            
Lil Zay Osama: Trench Baby (Warner)
Mr Eazi: Something Else (Banku Music)
Neek Bucks: Neighborhood Hov (dig)     
Nef Te Pharaoh: Sinsational (dig) (KILFMB)
Only the Family: Loyal Bros (dig)
Payroll Giovanni and Cardo: Another Day Another Dollar (dig)     
Pell: Glbl Wrmng Vol. 1 (Ingrooves)
Phora: Heartbreak Hotel EP (dig)              
Ralo: Conspiracy Deluxe (dig) (Famerica, LLC)
Rob Stone: Solitaire Stone (dig) (Grove Town)
Scarlxrd: DXXM II (LXRD)
Smokepurpp: Psycho (dig) (Alamo/Interscope)
Soulja Boy: Soulja World (SODMG)
Sylvan LaCue: Young Sylvan Vol. 1 (dig)  
Tall Black Guy: Airplane Mode (Fat Beats)
Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog: Tha YOD Fahim (dig)  
The Weeknd: The Highlights (Universal Republic)
Thouxanbanfauni: The Love of My Life (dig)         
Tragedy Khadafi: Hidden Files (dig)          
TyBass: Bonnie & Bizzle (dig)      
Young Buck: Vaccine (dig)            

Reggae, Latin, International
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Songs Of Freedom: The Island Years [3 CD] (Tuff Gong)
David Walters: Nocturne (Six Degrees)
Femi & Made Kuti: Legacy (Partisan)
Yellowman: Reggae Freedom (Goldenlane)