Monday evening, june 18th, XXXTENTACION was brutally murdered at the age of 20. The internet erupted. The youth was stanning for him and was even calling him the 2pac of the new generation. Others were condemning him for his questionable past. What we do know is that nobody deserves to be shot and killed at the age of 20, but what can we learn from XXXTENTACION death and the immense internet reaction that followed?
“With all due respect I don’t have pity for you black niggas, that’s the way I feel. Screamin’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ ” is the first line that Joyner Lucas raps in his hit “I’m Not Racist”. As I got angry, quite offensive and at the same time goosebumps over my entire body, I continued listening. Joyner started citating the one fact after the other and I noticed that he was not even in the video. Different victims were lip syncing his lyrics. By setting two totally opposites across each other the video became powerful. On the one side of the table there was a white man sitting with a red trump hat citating the famous slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ and on the other end there was a stereotype black man sitting.
This week AfroPunk Paris announced its headliners. Main attraction Wizkid, SZA, D’Angelo and Damian Marley are all set to perform at this year’s festival which are being held on the weekend of 14 and 15 July.
AfroPunk known for the music,
Rising star Amartey released his newest single and video for the song Champion Lover featuring Ghanaian singer Castro. With the release of his newest single, Amartey is well on his way to becoming THE leading man in Afropop. The video is a celebration of love seeing Amartey being affectionate with his leading lady. Even celebrating his love with his smooth dance moves.
Amartey never disappoints. Just never. He destroyed a sold out Melkweg in Amsterdam last night with his silky smooth voice and a live band during his first headline show.
Dutch hip hop act Zwart Licht released their new album Bliksem which tranlates to thunder. And boy do they bring that THUNDER! Known for their grimey beats and sharp lyrics, these artists take their black excellence and wokeness and wave it unapologetically in the mainstream faces. Last night the crew gave a very touching performance of the track Schoon Schip on Dutch national TV.