Get out of bed. Out. Out. Out.
This is the lead single from the album Kaoz Presents: Real Talk MPLS (Minneapolis)
Kaoz Presents: Real Talk is a full length musical project that features Twin Cities youth and adult artists and is designed to break the silence around HIV/STD’s, bullying, homophobia, and violence. The project also aims to mobilize youth and adults to be proactive in their communities through advocacy, education, health awareness.
Mélissa Laveaux – yes the artist that use to bless us with her voice at venues like the Rainbow in hottawa – is featured as part of the ‘Weekly Women to Listen To’ by After Ellen! Mabrook! C’est bien mérité!
‘Ulysses’ will always be one of my favourite songs. Somehow, this is the first time I see the music video!
these ‘mos were in Toronto last week and I’m sad I missed them… but happy I still got introduced to them. Check them out here live on KEXP performing Pause and Do You Have the Time. Tight, for sure, but also seem like so much fun.
(via Shu Bug)
I checked them out on Soundcloud and they’ve got a few tracks on there for streaming.
This track they collaborated with OC Notes for. It’s called ‘Icing’. Stream it right here:
My favourite so far is ‘Waltz’. If you don’t bounce while listening to this… check yourself. They mix jazz and hip hop just how I like it.
Rostam Batmanglij breaks off with Vampire Weekend for his new release, ‘Wood’. Qpocs make me happy, and this middle eastern rhythm blends softly with his voice.
Spoken word piece by The Poet Taylor Johnson, via gayrva
“Ezili” is a music video project directed and performed by dancer, choreographer Adia Tamar Whitaker. The name Ezili describes a spectrum of goddess personalities that have become figures of love, beauty and womanhood in the pantheon Haitian Vodou. Ms. Whitaker’s project is an artistic representation of the complex relationship she continues to build with her art. There are as many Ezili personalities as there are phases of the moon. Featuring music by Tommy ‘Soulati’ Shepherd and collaborations with Brooklyn based filmmakers/visual media artists Jennifer Samuel and Joshua Bee Alafia, “Ezili” tells the story of a modern day moon goddess transforming struggle and sacrifice into love and grace.’
(via Be Steadwell)
Aruna sent me a Colourlines article titled 8 Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones, which inspired me to make my own little (uncomplete) list. I’m a little annoyed at the new wave of white ‘homo hop’ and so I’ve focused on a few fierce qpocs. I did this pretty quickly but share with me your favourites!
Sikh Knowledge (dropping it here with Humble the Poet and Selena Dhillon – Mohamed Said (Exhibit X)
Las Krudas – La Gorda (The Phat Girl)
Skim feat. Jade Ross – Unfamiliar
Big Freedia – Y’all get back now
Ashlyn & Dakota – Un Settled Sol (get the fuck it.no regrets mixtape for free on their website – via Aruna)
The Lost bois – Sincerely
Sgt. Sass – Faggot Snappin’
Rainbow Noize – IMMA HOMO (although… the misogyny and racist shit going on here is quite problematic…damn kids.)
(I love me some qpoc fierceness…)