Welcome to the May 2013 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture. This May Day we celebrate the school semester wrapping up with sizzlin’ new rap releases including 12 Reasons to Die, the Spaghetti gangster-western album from sharp-shooting duo Ghostface Killah & Adrian Young, as well as LongLiveA$AP from mix master A$AP Rocky, We Don’t Even Live Here from underground hip hop artist P.O.S., and Talented 10th from gospel rapper Sho Baraka.
We also get mellow with new and golden-age soul and R&B, including newly remastered collections from Stax artists Otis Redding and Albert King, the live concert DVD Al Green: Let’s Stay Together, DVDs of Motown’s Jackson 5ive: The Complete Animated Series as well as a compilation featuring its star songwriter Eddie Holland: It Moves Me, Complete Recordings 1958-1964. Contemporary R&B releases include Music at the Speed of Life by Mint Condition, Lover 4 Life by Regina Troupe, Trilogy by The Weeknd, and Terius Nash 1977 by The Dream.
We also cruise along to music from other shores including Wulu Wulu by Nigerian pop artists Bongos Ikwue and Double X, Heritage by Cuban artist Angel D-Cuba, and Planet Earth & Planet Mars Dub, from reggae veterans the Mighty Diamonds.
And last but certainly not least, My World is Gone, a collaboration between blues guitarist Otis Taylor and Native American blues-rocker Mato Nanji, and The Emancipation, Part One by genre-bending rock collective Aabaraki, round out this month’s review playlist.