HUGE thanks to Haris Fazlani & VERUM Clothing for featuring myself, along with amazing artists like Shawn Chrystopher, Anya Kvitka, and Awais in their “Featured Artists” section. Very appreciative for the association with a dope brand focused on design and quality pieces.
“All we ever wanted was everything we couldn’t have”
I really hope you guys enjoy this EP. I’ve worked tirelessly for over a year on it, but the project became that much more meaningful, and that much more relevant in light of recent events. Little did I know when I decided to give my EP this title in the summer of 2012 that the notion of the existence of a Black American Dream (or the lack thereof) would become so needed. I hope this project not only provides you with great sonics and artistic inspiration for the summer, but also gives you an insight on the aspirations of our generation. This has truly been a project that has tested me personally, as all graphic design, concepts, beats (except one…shout out to Drew Beat), lyrics (excluding features like Nate Howard and M-Trey), all the recording, mixing, promo work, etc were all done by myself. I hope the attention to the quality of the end product shines through when you hear it.
I also hope this project allows you to explore the questions of if a “Black American Dream” exists, and if so, what it would look like or how we would get there. If nothing else, I hope you’re able to create your own American Dream to aspire to and push towards. -A
“I am the dream and the hope of the slave”
The Black American Dream EP drops TOMORROW.
Here it is. This is the 2nd single from my upcoming summer project. Got on my Chicago wave for this one. Features Chi-Town native M-Trey, and produced by Drew Beat. Check it out below (and support on iTunes HERE) and let me know what you think.
“Over the past few weeks Lana Del Rey has teased her 27-minute short film Tropico based on the biblical story of Adam and Eve, and today it’s finally available to stream in full. Starring Lana as Eve and model Shaun Ross as Adam, the fantastical film begins in a version of the Garden of Eden with the couple surrounded by Lana’s “mother” Marilyn Monroe, her “daddy” Elvis, her “bestest friend” Jesus, and John Wayne as she sings the song referencing three of those figures “Body Electric.” It then shifts to strip club, convenience store, bachelor party, and countryside settings backed by her Paradise Edition songs “Gods & Monsters” and “Bel Air.” The film directed by Anthony Mandler (“Ride,” National Anthem”) also features several long monologues similar to the one spoken by Lana in her “Ride” video along with Allen Ginsburg’s infamous Howl opening lines.
At the film’s Hollywood premiere last night, Lana also alluded to new upcoming music saying, “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record Ultraviolence. We’ll keep you updated with more details as soon as they’re available.” Whether or not that means a new album is in the works or just a song, it appears we’ll soon find out.” – Pigeons & Planes
Check out this new Beats ad featuring K Dot over some brand new Dre production. Keep those Detox dreams alive y’all.
Music Mondays continues and is stronger than ever.
Off My Brother’s Keeper My Son’s Teacher, out 2014.
“this video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. i dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. enjoy xx” – Lorde