Wednesday, February 1, 2017

{Listen} : A mixtape just in time for #BlackHistoryMonth - "Rise" ... DJ'd by. The Elle.

Say it loud!  This is a supadope mix from the lovely Minnesota bred.. now NYC based artist, The Elle.  'Rise' is her first DJ mix (you go girl!) and it's everything the artwork embodies- resilience, strength, courage, and empowerment.  

 " I started working on this the day after Election night while feeling completely demoralized. I couldn't nderstand how it was possible from me to descend from people who literally built this country and STILL have no real voice on how it operates. We must not be silent, our silence will not protect us, word to Audre Lorde. I chose songs that get me amped and ready to fuck shit up. I also added words and commentary from Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Assata Shakur, Maya Angelou, Gil Scott Heron, Richard Pryor and Sonia Sanchez. We cannot be discouraged or complacent. We must keep speaking, fighting and resisting.
We rise! ✊🏾"

I am personally overly pleased with the track selection.  Listen NOW!  

Rise x The Elle (prod by Jacob Gamboa) commentary by Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni (poem by Langston Hughes) and Maya Angelou
We The People x A Tribe Called Quest
Hands Up x Vince Staples
Tennessee x Arrested Development
Alright x Kendrick Lamar - commentary by Gil Scott-Heron (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised) and Richard Pryor (That Nigger's Crazy)
Black Body x Spek Won featuring Shi Wisdom
Black Ego x Digable Planets
They Say x The Internet
People Make The World Go Round x The Stylistics
Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) x by Marvin Gaye
Jesus Children of America x Stevie Wonder
Weary x Solange - commentary by Sonia Sanchez (blk/ woomen/ chant)
Sally Ride x Janelle Monae
All That I Can Do x Tish Hyman (Mr Brother's Edit)
His Pain x BJ The Chicago Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar
Candles in The Sun x Miguel
Have Mercy x Eryn Allen Kane

Related Post ::  Take Me | The Elle

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