B L A C K

B L A C K

So there’s an idea we had a few years ago. We thought about pooling songs about the black experience and sequence them into a story. As with most audacious ideas that require extensive research, it got back-burnered. Last year, with the heavy media attention on black matters, it felt like the proper moment to revisit our idea. But, as Sen pointed out, there were a lot of emotions and it was too daunting to swim into them. The more we ruminated about it, the more we came confronted with a simple truth: we live the black experience daily and there’s no escaping it. So, this isn’t our fully formed idea. This is just a draft of sorts. We wanted to call it “An Aborted Attempt at Summing Up the Black Experience.” Eventually, we settled with “B L A C K”.

The Tracklist

01. Chronixx ::: Black Is Beautiful (Remix feat. Sampa The Great)
02. TeaMarrr ::: Colors (feat. Wale)
03. Kendrick Lamar ::: The Blacker the Berry
04. Sault ::: Black
05. Beyoncé ::: BLACK PARADE
06. Ghetts ::: IC3 (feat. Skepta)
07. Sarkodie ::: Brown Paper Bag (feat. M.anifest)
08. Anderson .Paak ::: Lockdown
09. Katori Walker ::: Melanated
10. Rapsody ::: Afeni (Remix feat. PJ Morton & D Smoke)
11. ENNY & Jorja Smith ::: Peng Black Girls Remix
12. KIRBY & D Smoke ::: Superpower
13. Sault ::: Black Is
14. Anoyd ::: BlacKKK Baby
15. Jords ::: Black & Ready
16. reggie ::: I Don’t Wanna Feel No More
17. Keedron Bryant ::: I JUST WANNA LIVE
18. VIC MENSA ::: SHELTER (feat. Wyclef Jean & Chance The Rapper)
19. Wale ::: Good Vibes (Za)
20. Nasty C & T.I. ::: They Don’t
21. Knucks ::: Your Worth
22. Dave ::: Black
23. Keedron Bryant & Symba ::: I Know I Been Changed (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
24. Royce Da 5’9″ ::: Upside Down (feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny The Butcher)
25. Nipsey Hussle & Jay-Z ::: What It Feels Like
26. Lil Baby ::: The Bigger Picture
27. Wale ::: The Pessimist (feat. J. Cole)
28. 2Pac ::: Changes (feat. Talent)
29. Common ::: A Song for Assata (feat. Cee-Lo)
30. Beyoncé ::: Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Bonuses
01. Public Enemy ::: Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
02. Jay-Z ::: 99 Problems
03. Nas ::: If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) [feat. Lauryn Hill]
04. Erykah Badu ::: Soldier
05. Mos Def ::: Mr. Nigga (feat. Q-Tip)
06. Wale ::: Shades (feat. Chrisette Michele)
07. Nas ::: Black Zombie
08. dead prez ::: They School
09. Nas ::: Til the War Is Won (feat. Lil Durk)
10. Ice Cube ::: It Was a Good Day

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I wrote as kid. (I'd die if you'd ever get your hands on those poems.) And I wrote as a teen. (We thought our raps would spearhead revolution.) I write these days to share my joys and perspectives. I am as subjective as they come. I found a bunch of blessed souls that are just as expressive. And Africa is all the better for it. (I think I never really changed.)
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