Thundercat returns with a single from his upcoming LP, “Drunk”. Borrowing grooves from 70s era rock and soul is nothing new for Thundercat and this time he took it a step further by having former writing partners Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald offer up their iconic vocals, bridging the gap between the 70s and the 2010s. Lemme putchu on:
#ResistTape is music for the angry and informed. Music for the wise and weary. The groove and funk of the sick and tired.
#ResistTape is a bridge that joins those blessed to think in ways that un-chain minds to those of us with lock-laden consciousness and experience.
#ResistTape is joy in the face of sorrow. Fire in the face of this time and next time. Victory over the enemy.
My name is Vince Anthony. I’d like to make a very important and intimate ask of you.
I am a crafted musician and singer. I am black as fuck. I am angry with the way this world means to destroy my people and itself.
I have been searching my heart to see how I could serve us best through resistance. Music is my tool.
I have found myself following you and your work for some time now. You have inspired and enlightened me personally.
I have seen the issue of bridging the gap between everyday black folk and those of us in academy or seminary. The desire and need to take theories and live them out in the best course possible. The desire and need for consciousness levels to be raised in a newer, whiter era.
Music has been language for us since our beginning. Our language has been co-opted and stolen years and years on end. Maybe it’s time to develop a new codification for our words and our likenesses. Especially in an ever more intrusive era, assisted heavily by technology.
I’d like to ask you this: Will you be a co-laborer with me, in the form of submitting an interview or 500 words as source material for social justice protest music to be produced and performed by me and other artists, recorded for a mixtape and dispensed for free? All proper credits and citing will be offered as an attachment to every mixtape download, along with transcripts of interviews and/or copies of your submitted writings.
If you would like to be a part of this, send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your participation.
There are no general hard deadlines. I will roll out the art into a database as the source material comes.
Light and Love to you,
Song format: Verses+Hooks ->> Bridge to a chant
***Optional: recorded interview or recitation of an “abstract” of source material over music.
Here are some examples of my protest music:
Rukhsana Merrise is a singer from the UK. She gained international attention with her 2015 EP #SeptemberSongs. As both a stellar guitar player and singer, she constructs anthemic and contemplative songs. Money provides all that plus groove. She really opens up her voice on this one. Lemme putchu on:
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Follow Rukhsana Merrise on Twitter and Instagram @RukhsanaMerrise
Preston Harris out of San Diego, CA delivers a clean R&B offering in “TRACE” from his Love Crazy EP. Harris comes through on this track with smooth, light vocals that are equal parts magic and imagination. The writing is solid and the production is easy on the ears with some gamer nostalgia thrown in. Lemme putchu on:
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Check out more of his music on Soundcloud.
Moses Sumney has been on the scene a few years now and continues to put out quality work. He’s all about making music that evokes and he consistently does a great job of that with thoughtful writing and deep, complex harmonies. In the ever-changing Lonely World, he keeps up that trend. Lemme putchu on:
Check out more of Moses Sumney’s music on Soundcloud.
Cr777z (pronounced ‘Creez’) is a buzzing young rapper out of Philly. This kid has what it takes to make it to the next level. He captures the vibe of being young, black and fresh, yet offers an alternative to typical trap music embodiments we’ve grown accustomed to. Lemme putchu on:
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We been checkin’ for Janelle Monáe for ages, now. She’s one of the greatest living performers out there. She’s got a remarkable body of work and a record label under her belt. She’s expanded to the silver screen and even made an appearance at the Golden Globes this year for two separate films (Hidden Figures and Moonlight). Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention her hair, though.
It’s too lit.
So lit, in fact, that it has it’s own social media presence. You read that correctly.
Janelle Monáe’s hair (who goes by the moniker The Monáe) is a social media force to be reckoned with. She can be found getting non-inclusive folk/occurrences together, taking pics at award shows and was even recording special moments at Beyoncé’s 35th birthday party.
I reached out to Jane’s hair (with explicit permission, of course) and we got to talking about her experience as one of the most revered coiffs in history. Here’s the convo:
The Vince Anthony Show: What’s it like being the most important crown in Metropolis?
The Monáe: It’s pretty cool. I can’t really go into detail because of Droid Control but let’s just say I’m not just any ol’ ordinary crown.
TVAS: What’s your regimen? LOC? LCO? What products do you use?
TM: The LOC Method is amazing. Also, the products Cindi uses taste delish. You ever tried Coconut Shea Moisture Lotion? Best food ever.
TVAS: Let’s talk about Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair?” What do you think of it? How does it make you feel?
TM: Yes, I actually listen to it everyday. The song really uplifts me. Makes my roots tingle. It’s a really important song/topic. We (hair) take time to grow and when someone touches us…it’s a big Flag On The Play. That song was needed and I’m happy that someone finally made it.
TVAS: Give me your thoughts on wigs.
TM: Wigs are fun. You ever wanna have a great time? Invite wigs. They’re the life of the party. My great Auntie is actually a Wet ‘n’ Wavy wig. Also, Cindi owns a lot of wigs. I play dress up in them. Love em! I think everyone should own at least one wig! They’re important.
TM: Don’t tell her I told you that.
TVAS: I won’t.
You recently strayed from the pompadour that made you famous. What can we expect from you in the future?
TM: I didn’t stray away from it completely, ya know! Hmmm, the future? I shall never ever tell!
TVAS: Word. Whats the view like on stage?
TM: It’s incredible when Janelle’s not covering me up with a hat like Quirinus Quirrell does Lord Voldemort.
TM: Sometimes it gets annoying. I just want to see you guys. That’s why I kick the hat off and the hair pin.
TVAS: Ayyee turn up! Speaking of movies, could you speak on your experience in Moonlight and Hidden Figures?
TM: Sure, I had a blast on both sets! In Moonlight I play Justine. Seen some things, been through some things but I’ve yet to let those things gray me ya know? It was super duper hot so they had to keep me hydrated with lots and lots of oils and Fiji Water.
The weather was perfect during the filming of Hidden Figures. The only problem I had was with the wind tunnel. It’s no joke. I made lots of new friends and learned a lot. People were really weirded out about the whole talking hair thing but after a while they fell in love with me.