When I end up writing a repetition of multiple features on certain artists, the reason being is because progression always follows them as it follows you. The art of storytelling is important to music, and to myself.. so there’s no doubt that the forever evolving Latasha Alcindor (but you can call her LA) has made a stepping stone with the surprise drop of B(LA)K.
But it almost wasn’t so: The wordsmith contemplated on the release, something that was being created since 2012. B(LA)K conveys messages through the mind of self and her immediate surroundings as a WOC.
Unapologetic and raw, LA lays hands on the realms of black on black/white crime while also dissecting Bed-Stuy, a shining gem of culture defaced with a fresh coat of paint dried in Side Efx Of Gentrification, and Innate Paranoia. First Breath portrays such vision and color that if I closed my eyes I could see myself playing handball and drinking quarter juices in the yard of M.S. 267., or playing in the water park on a scorching May day with my 5th grade classmates on Bergen Street & Rochester. Big Pun, Puffy and Cameron fill the air with sweet everything. The Nostalgia is something you can see, taste, and smell, commanding you to use your senses. But what no longer makes sense, is the rapid change and struggle of living now.
Freedom is the motivation/Money is the Allegation.
Brooklyn speaks in tracks such as What’s The Message?, Un Dios, & Queso, through the interludes, where I can see the Spike-Lee monologue styled dialogues of people and places reflecting on past, present and future. People of culture, people of color in bi-linguistic confessions and messages of life creeps between each song for LA to introduce another wave each time, and question upon question circles her dome in irony and truth.
Ms. Alcindor takes her Third Breath on the project, which so happens to be a painful, blissful one. The bitter sweet love story of I Was 15 featuring songstress Katie Jones brought back a deep, emotional reminiscence of childhood love, growing into a hopeless ending of tragedy.
With production from KenIProduce & Ircasim, the melodic joints compliments the femcee’s raspy, crisp and emotionally charged vocals.
The depths of womanhood in Brooklyn never ends here. With that being said, I am more than certain that B(LA)K will have a continuous parts to it, the same way life does. For LA, each breath will be fresher, more abundant. It is eternal, and it will never end…
You can purchase B(LA)K on Bandcamp.