Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Angry Blackmen - "Stanley Kubrick"

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.

You can watch the video for "Stanley Kubrick" below. The Legend of ABM is due out January 26 on Deathbomb Arc. For more on Angry Blackmen, check out the artist on Instagram and Twitter.

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