What's that sound?
Here are seven things I thought were worth sharing.
In my book, Listen To Your Footsteps, I have an essay titled For The Love Of Music. Randomly going through my archive, I found the first draft of it. I didn’t change much when editing but it was interesting looking back at how I first articulated my relationship with music compared to the final version. I have shared that first draft on my site HERE.
I have followed and loved Tricky’s music since I first heard him on Massive Attack’s Five Man Army from their debut album Blue Lines. I had that album on the one side of a cassette with Seal’s self-titled album on the other side. It was on high-rotation in my Sony Walkman. B-Boy Rock Star by Michael A. Gonzales is an interesting take on him from an American and hip hop perspective. I think I have shared it before, but here’s my Tricky playlist.
An album that changed my life at the same time I was listening to Blue Lines was Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet. I was living in Oldenburg, a town in the north of Germany and my uniform was jeans, t-shirt, Public Enemy bomber jacket with the album cover on the back, Africa and Malcolm X medallions around my neck and a high-top fade. I’ve been meaning to get the 33 1/3 book on It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back but, in the meantime, I have been listening to the podcast hosted by the legendary Prince Paul and featuring Chuck D and Harry Allen, The Media Assassin.
Writing requires that one is constantly working on the craft. Teju Cole’s Rules on Writing is something that I refer back to regularly.
I had Remy Ngamije on the Listen To Your Footsteps podcast and, in addition to writing beautiful stories and running the Namibian literary magazine, Doek!, he has gone and started a gym. And, in true Remy fashion, he has a dope photo essay on the beginnings titled Beyond The Smoke
I know I have shared this before but it is worth sharing again, for those of you who may have missed it the first time. Everything Writes Itself: An Interview with Black Thought. I can’t stop listening to his new album with Danger Mouth, Cheat Codes.
I am not much of a designer but I do love learning about how things are made. This is a dope Twitter thread of documentaries for designers. I have watched Helvetica, Rams, Abstract: The Art of Design (which I blogged about), Urbanized and The Toys That Made Us episode on Lego.
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