Secrett- Melanin

A friend told me about this female rapper Secrett. He told me about this catchy song she had called Melanin.  I must admit it is pretty catchy.  And of course on this blog we support all things that are pro-melanin.  Here’s a little biography from her website:

Whether she is lyrically lashing out on society and politics over soulful hip hop instrumentals, or keeping it simple and carefree over a hard hitting trap beat – Secrett is sure to move the mind and the crowd.  Though she was born in Chicago, she was raised all over the world due to her father serving in the U.S. Army.  This “military brat” represents the unique community that struggles to call one place “home” – essentially from everywhere… and no where.  Hence, her brand, “BraTT Rap”.

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Secrett currently resides in New York City, where she began recording, and continues to earn respect as a serious up and coming independent artist.  In June 2014 she released her first project – My S.T.U.P.I.D. Mixtape.   Hot 97’s Dj Enuff and Thisis50’s funnyman, Jack Thriller, hosted the tape and release event respectively.  With co-signs from two of NYC’s most respected entertainers under her belt, Secrett gained momentum as a new artist and hasn’t turned back.

Since her debut, Secrett has remained consistent through releasing singles & remixes, self-directed music videos, and mixtapes – Picture Day (2015), Clock Out (2016), and Verbal Warning (2016) – on hubs such as Spinrilla.com. Social media power blogs BallerAlert (@balleralert) and The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc), as well as Vlad TV, are among several media outlets that have featured Secrett’s work.  You may catch Secrett performing live at local open mics, or bigger venues such as NYC’s legendary S.O.B.’s and BlackThorn 51.  Stream & download Secrett’s top singles on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, & Tidal.  Secrett is currently working on her EP, set to release in 2017.

http://www.secrettisout.com/

Jamila Woods- VRY BLK

Happy New Year family!  I hope everyone has a prosperous 2017.  I thought some good music would be a great way to start off the new year.  I like this new artist Jamila Woods.  She’s been creating a lot of buzz since last year.  I love this song VRY BLK.  It’s very catchy and a great theme for this blog.  Here’s a little back story on Jamila.

Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).

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Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions. Her work with her band, M&O (fka Milo & Otis) has been featured by Okayplayer, Spin, JET and Ebony Magazine.

Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.