Mel D. Cole

Black FuturesMusic

afropunk mixtape #062: black history x black futures

February 3, 2020
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This month we find ourselves contemplating the question asked by the great sci-fi writer N.K. Jemisin: How long til Black future month?

As we imagine the infinite possibilities of liberated futures, we carry in our hearts and headphones the music of those legends who set the stage for all we do, as well as the artists, writers and activists whose work looks forward with passion and inventiveness. From the originals in Pure Hell and the immortal Angela Davis to the futuristic fantasias of Thundercat and Moses Sumney, as well as those with one foot rooted in the past and one in the future, like Algiers, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Gary Clark Jr., “Black History X Black Futures” is the soundtrack for right now.

01. Pure Hell – These Boots Are Made For Walking
02. Interlude: Moor Mother, 2019
03. Chronixx – Black Is Beautiful (ft. Sampa the Great)
04. Thundercat – Black Qualls
05. Moses Sumney – Me In 20 Years
06. Kassa Overall – Show Me a Prison (ft. J Hoard and Angela Davis)
07. Moses Boyd – Shades of You
08. Mick Jenkins – Carefree
09. Interlude: Angela Davis, 2020
10. Paleos – Thanatophobia
11. Nez – Wild Youngster (ft. Schoolboy Q)
12. Debby Friday – Fatal
13. Algiers – There Is No Year
14. Interlude: NK Jemisin, 2018
15. The Black Tones – Ghetto Spaceship
16. Georgia Anne Muldrow – Blam
17. Samurai Shotgun – The Blast
18. Gary Clark Jr. and The Roots – This Land