Photo by Joseph Torres
For their upcoming album, Angry Blackmen (the Chicago based duo of Quentin Branch and Brian Warren) created a "... coming of age narrative centered around Black men navigating this wilderness known as North America," and received inspiration from Richard Matheson's post-apocalyptic novel I Am Legend. The first single off the album is "Stanley Kubrick." It's a progressive hip hop track that is uncomfortably sparse. At first it's vocals over a bare minimum of music, if any at all. It takes a while for beats to truly kick in, and even then the music is used sparingly, although it's a noisy burst of sound. "Stanley Kubrick" reminds me of early Public Enemy, where the music was crafted to purposely make you uncomfortable. Angry Blackmen are a thrilling group, even if it ends up not being your thing.