May 2019 Black Music Releases of Note

Following are additional albums released during May 2019—some will be reviewed in future issues of Black Grooves.

Blues, Folk, Country
B.B. Kings Blues Band & Tito Jackson: Tribute to the King (Ruf)
Fruteland Jackson: Good As Your Last Dollar (Electro-Fi)
Joe Louis Walker: Viva Las Vegas (Cleopatra Blues)

Funk, Rock, Pop, Electronic
Alan Evans: Nothing To Say (Vintage League Music)
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber: 20th Anniversary Mixtapes, Vols. 1-3 (digital)
Carl Craig: Detroit Love, Vol. 2 (Planet E)
Carl Craig: Versus Acoustic Versions (Planet E)
Christopher Martin: And Then (VP)
Dwayne Dopsie: Bon Ton (Louisiana Red Hot)
Freakbass: All The Way This. All The Way That (Color Red)
Sinkane: Dépaysé (City Slang)
Sons: The Heavy (BMG)
Terrence Parker: God Loves Detroit Remixes (Planet E)

Kirk Franklin: Long Live Love (RCA Inspiration)

International, Reggae
AKA Trio: Joy (Bendigedig)
Balogi: Kaniama: The Yellow Version (Bella Union)
Kabasa: African Sunset (BBE)
Lee Scratch Perry: Rainford (On U Sounds)
Luka Guindo: Falaw (Sahel Sounds)
Roots of a Rebellion: Shapes of a Soul (digital)
Seba Kaapstad: Thina (Mello Music Group)
Shaggy: Wah Gwaan?! (300 Ent)
Soulsha: Carry It On (digital) (Fresh Haggis Music)
Youssou N’Dour: History (Naïve)

14CT: For My Sanity (First Word)
Esperanza Spalding: 12 Little Spells (Concord)
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Be Known Ancient/Future/Music (Spiritmuse)
Frankie Newton: Collection 1929-46 (Acrobat)
George Cables: I’m All Smiles (Highnote)
Horace Tapscott With The Pan-afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Live At I.U.C.C. (Soul Jazz)
Joel Ross: Kingmaker (Blue Note)
Josean Jacobo and Tumbao: Cimarrón (E7)
Larry Fuller: Overjoyed (Capri)
Mark Turner: Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster (Capri)
Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made To Sing (Smoke Sessions)
Michael Eaton: Dialogical (Destiny)
OGJB Quartet: Bamako (TUM)
Pieces of a Dream: On Another Note (Shanachie)
Ralph Moore: Three Score (Wj3)
Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 (Onyx Productions)
Steven Herring: Introducing (SteepleChase)
Teodross Avery: After the Rain: A Night for Coltrane (Tompkins Square)
Various: If You’re Not Part of the Solution-Soul, Politics & Spirituality In Jazz 1967-1975 (BGP)
Vivian Sessoms: Life II (Ropeadope)

R&B, Soul
Carlton Jumel Smith: 1634 Lexington Avenue (Timmion)
Ciara: Beauty Marks (Beauty Marks Ent)
Cole Williams: Believe (Louisiana Red Hot)
Collard: Unholy (vinyl) (Virgin EMI)
Eric Boss: Modern Love (Mocambo)
Jessy Wilson: Phase (May 3rd/Thirty Tigers)
Johari Noelle: Things You Can’t Say Out Loud (digital)
Kendall Thomas: Love But Street (Twenty Two Music)
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You (Atlantic)
Pheeyownah: Silver (Labrador)
Shafiq Husayn: The Loop (Nature Sounds)
Tanika Charles: The Gumption (Record Kicks)
Tank & the Bangas (ft. Robert Glasper): Green Balloon (Verve)

Rap, Hip Hop
10k.Caash: The Creator (Def Jam)
Asian Da Brat: Unfuccwitable (1017 Eskimo / Alamo)
B. Cool-Aid: Syrup (Uknowy)
Beast Coast: Escape From New York (Columbia)
Blu & Exile: True & Livin EP (Dirty Science)
Bluke: Sense the Urgency (Ropeadope)
Boogie: Everything Is For Sale (Shady)
CalBoy: Wildboy (RCA)
DJ Khaled: Father of Asahd (Epic)
DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy: Tuez-Les Tous (Soul Assassins)
Doctor Bionic: Reaching The Unknown: Chapter 2 (Chiefdom)
Duckworth: Falling Man (Republic)
Flowdan: Full Metal Jacket (Tru Thoughts)
Flying Lotus: Flamagra (Warp)
Ice Billion Berg: On My Way (Empire)
J. Stalin & Young Doe: Diesel Therapy 2 (Livewire)
Jay Gwuapo: From Nothing, Pt. 1 (RCA)
Kota The Friend: FOTO (Fltbys)
Kur: Shakur (eOne)
Megan the Stallion: Fever (300 Ent)
Money Man: Paranoia (Empire)
Moneybagg Yo: 43va Heartless (Interscope)
Montana of 300: Views From the General’s Helmet (TSO Music Group/FGE)
Mozzy: Internal Affairs (Empire)
Onyx: 100 Mad (X-Ray / Cleopatra)
PnB Rock: TrapStar Turnt PopStar (Atlantic)
Quando Rondo: From the Neighborhood to the Stage (Atlantic)
Renni Rucci: Big Renni (Wolf Pack Global Music)
SassyBlack: Wakanda Funk Lounge (vinyl) (Crane City Music)
Smokepurrp: Lost Planet 2.0 (Alamo)
Styles P: S.P. The GOAT (Ghost of All Times) (Empire)
Tyler, The Creator: Igor (Columbia)
YG: 4REAL 4REAL (Def Jam)