“Take me to another place, take me to another land.” What we’re listening to this week…
Given the protests following the release of the police dashcam video showing the killing of 17-year old Chicago resident Laquan McDonald, as well as the upcoming release of Spike Lee’s latest film, Chiraq; it seems appropriate to begin our selections this week with music that re-centers the conversation about Black males from the city on something other than death. Chicago emcees, Taylor Bennett and Chance the Rapper have teamed up to bring us Broad Shoulders , a reflective, piano-backed track about the hopes and perils that come with growing up. Here’s hoping we can get back to more art, music, and action that is focused on seeing kids from Chicago live and grow.
Fifty years ago this week, Peanuts cartoon strip creator Charles Schulz and CBS televised a 30-minute animated special called A Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year since, this short film has served as one of the cultural cornerstones of the holiday season. Fortunately for us, Philly’s-own DJ Jazzy Jeff and Brooklyn super-emcee Jean Grae linked up to create a playful, “heartbreak hotel” version of Xmas Time is Here! We know that the holidays bring up all sorts of feelings and memories for people, and for those who have to work through some not-so-festive feelings during this month, Jean Greasy is here for you.
With all the holiday parties, family gatherings, and year-end office outings, you’re going to be dancing. A lot. Hopefully the music is good. But just in case it’s not, we suggest keeping your phone/iPod charged with a holiday party playlist ready! We’re reaching a few years to grab This Could Be The Night (Tall Black Guy Remix), a two-step classic from Maryland-based producer/singer Zo! that features Phonte, Eric Roberson, and Darien Brockington. The original version is on his Sunstorm album.
We wrap things up with sensual sound of Toronto singer a l l i e (the spaces between the letters are intentional!) and her latest single Tundra (prod. Da-P). We like to call this kind of baby-making R&B, “Mistletoe Music”. Enjoy.