Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and co-founder of Jazz Is Dead (w/ Ali Shaheed Muhammad) releases an unapologetic critique detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color. His ideas are visually manifested into the artwork of the album which isn’t meant to add shock value but a continual view of and into American history.
Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, Midnight Hour) has announced his most ambitious and deeply personal project to-date. The American Negro is a multimedia project release in conjunction with Black History Month and sees the Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer share an unapologetic critique detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color. Younge is set to release The American Negro full-length album featuring music and spoken work on February 26th via Jazz Is Dead.
The American Negro is a powerful, multifaceted statement that reflects perennial injustices and serves to act as a lever of change during a time of mass disillusionment: an album for the people that details the evolution of racism in America. It is insightful, provocative, and necessary in our fight for equality. “The American Negro is the most important creative accomplishment of my life. This project dissects the chemistry behind blind racism, using music as the medium to restore dignity and self-worth to my people…” notes Younge. “It should be evident that any examination of black music is an examination of the relationship between black and white America. This relationship has shaped the cultural evolution of the world and its negative roots run deep into our psyche.”