afropunk mixtape #013: year in black

December 24, 2015

This year welcomed the release of some powerful and beautifully written music – singles and albums that not only expressed strong messages, but stood as soundtracks to the many social moments that took place across the world, from Baltimore to Cape Town. This isn’t a ranking. This isn’t just a best of mixtape. This is in no particular order and incompletely the best, the most notable, the most powerful, the most empowering, the most heartbreaking, the most memorable, and the most beautiful tracks of 2015. Stream below (featuring music from Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Adia Victoria, Young Fathers, D’Angelo, Death Grips & more).



01. Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
02. Interlude: Alyesha Wise – To This Black Woman Body Part I (2015)
03. Adia Victoria – Stuck in the South
04. Saul Williams – Burundi
05. Young Paris – The Haus
06. Aina More – Afrikan Lady
07. Bells Atlas – Bling
08. OSHUN – Brown
09. V Bozeman – Race Jones
10. Innanet James – Black
11. Beauty Pill – Afrikaner Barista
12. Interlude: Kathleen Cleaver, Communications Secretary for the Black Panthers (1968)
13. Young Fathers – Shame
14. Death Grips – I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States
15. Ace Clark ft. Cato – Melanin
16. D’Angelo – 1000 Deaths
17. Gary Clark Jr – Grinder
18. Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker the Berry
19. Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad – To Be Black and Woman and Alive (2015)
20. Project Black Pantera – Rede Social
21. Saloman Faye – Black Power
22. Sam Dew – Victor