Photo by Joseph Torres
Quentin Branch and Brian Warren, aka Chicago's Angry Blackmen, have released a new experimental hip hop song off their upcoming album. "Sabotage" continues with their previous single, "Stanley Kubrick," as one of the most exciting hip hop songs out there in a while. While Angry Blackmen don't sound anything like Public Enemy, they're the closest I can compare them to. Both bands weren't always the most pleasant listen. Both had devised their music to be uncomfortable at times, and are both more punk than most punk of their day. Also, both are thrilling artists to discover and immediately seem vital.
Angry Blackmen's Quentin Branch says of the new single:
“'Sabotage' is a critique on our love / hate relationship with capitalism and perspectives on mental health. It’s a track that sounds upbeat and vibrant on the surface but when you dig deeper into the lyrics the song has a bit more nuance. Brian’s verse is more focused on the mental health part, my verse is about the effects of capitalism on art. We even sample American serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who in my opinion, was more sympathetic than a Jeffrey Dahmer or John Wayne Gacy. I don’t think she’s innocent nor do I condone her actions but, if anything, she was neglected by the system and dealt with huge mental health problems.”
You can watch the visualizer for "Sabotage" below. The Legend of ABM is due out January 26 on Deathbomb Arc, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Angry Blackmen, check out the artist on Instagram and Facebook.