afropunk mixtape #053 gets you lifted and centered

May 6, 2019
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The burnout is real. In a world determined to beat down everything unique and real in you, and make you feel like progress is impossible, taking steps to keep your body, mind, and spirit healthy is an act of defiance. Radical self-care is the practice of taking space for yourself, not just for yourself, but to maintain the strength to fight for justice. This month, we celebrate artists who make the struggle for mental and emotional wellbeing a core part of their art. From rising stars like Abdu Ali to legends like Saul Williams, and the recently departed Omar Higgins of Negro Terror. This is our art therapy.


01. Krystal Metcalfe – Fearless
02. Noname – Song 32
03. Khaos Light – Cognitive Dissonance
04. Interlude: Terence Nance, 2018
05. Dear Denizen – Allez Hop!
06. Interlude: Terence Nance, 2018
07. Abdu Ali – Spiraling
08. The Boogarins – Invencao
09. Interlude: Patrise Cullors (2019)
10. BCUC – Isivunguungu (ft. Saul Williams)
11. avery r. young – sit down job
12. Bathe – Sure Shot
13. Duckwrth – Love Is Like A Mosh Pit (ft. Rico Nasty)
14. A B01 – Copper Nebulas
15. Nat Turner Rebellion – Tribute to a Slave
16. Black Pumas – Colors
17. Interlude: RIP Omar Higgins
18. Negro Terror – Invasion

For more on Radical Self-Care, read the new AFROPUNK column by Satya.