In the increasingly congested world of music streaming, I sadly admit that I often forget about Amazon — which means that their latest reminder is perfect for individuals like myself. The tech behemoth’s Music side has an Amazon Originals series titled ‘Produced By’, and this month has seen some dope cuts by none other than Adrian Younge. He’d already premiered a collaboration with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Terrace Martin titled “February“; now, he — which the help of Ali Shaheed Muhammad, apparently — connects with Black Thought on the Jazz-y “Noir.”
As explained in detail by Younge himself:
“The obsession with race is disturbing to those that wish to divert attention away from the unyielding attributes that have plagued black America. However, we all must realize how such disenfranchisement has negatively affected us all. We are all equal and we are all human; we all have something to say and something to contribute; essentially, we all deserve to be heard, recognized and respected. That being said, our celebration of Black History Month brings us closer to understanding the struggles and contributions African Americans have made in making America what it is.
“There was a time in America when Blacks weren’t free to pursue their creative endeavors. Such cultural tension led to Blacks creating the first American musical art form: Jazz. This music, the antithesis of western idealism, is what continues to inspire black music today. My work embraces this perspective, but furthermore, it serves as a reminder of how music can lay the groundwork for self-expression and cultural awareness. Embrace Black History Month and take the time to realize how black music has shaped the cultural narrative of America.”
With that said, Amazon users can enjoy “Noir” below.
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