This week on The Breaks, Confucius and Fresh:
- Discuss the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Texas, Texas’ second wave of shutdowns and the impact on the service industry in Austin.
- Talk about how Tekashi 6ix9ine finally scored a No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “TROLLZ”and debate how important reaching No. 1 really is.
- In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh calls on more R&B artists to put out music that reflects the current moment.
- In his Confucius Says, Confucius looks at how people have treated Noname after she released “Song 33” in response to J. Cole’s “Snow on tha Bluff” and encourages people to stop trying to silence Black women.
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When Cautious Clay saw the video for Outkast’s “B.O.B” for the first time, the combination of the duo’s rapid fire rap style, techno influenced production and hyper-saturated psychedelic visuals blew his 7-year-old mind. On this episode, he tells us how that experience continues to have a profound impact on his own work, especially on his new project “Table of Context.” Plus, he explores how Outkast, along with his beat-boxing flute teacher, taught him to approach creativity without boundaries.
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No Bad News is the final track from Mélat’s latest album, MéVen. The track, produced by The SevenTH, focuses on taking advantage of good times and chasing freedom despite how life may try to weigh you down.
The video is a collaboration with No Sleep Films: shot and directed by Isaac Rodriguez, produced by Cynthia Bergen. While the song itself has many layers, the video depicts the pressures and influences surrounding Mélat and her attempts to find freedom and avoid being consumed by temptation.
Here at The Breaks, we cover more than just Hip Hop, so with that said, Austin’s Jake Lloyd just released the soulful new single, “Strange Fruit”, from his upcoming Jake Lloyd LP album. It’s sure to set the mood right.
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King Curtis was an American saxophonist, who played not only jazz, but R&B, rock n’ roll, and funk as well. His style was powerful and poignant, allowing moments to fully expand and develop. Unfortunately Curtis died young, murdered at the age of 37. In this installment of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what the life and legacy of King Curtis can teach us today.