The Butterfly Effect: Politics and Realism in Black Music

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by Courttia Newland 

Has the Hip Hop Generation found its voice? It’s possible it has. For those who care, this does seem like a vintage year for R&B and Rap music. Late in 2014, D’Angelo released Black Messiah, his third studio album, after a 14 year hiatus. It received rave reviews and commercial success, selling over 117, 000 units in the first week. The following promotional tour, The Second Coming, sold out internationally and was reviewed in stellar terms. At a London performance, D’Angelo appeared visibly moved by both the size and the adoration of his audience, who hailed him during an epic revamped rendition of the quirky, unconventional ‘Sugah Daddy’. The album was originally slated for a 2015 release, but after the controversial cases of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York, D’Angelo was inspired to release it earlier to catch the mood of the…

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