fold: Teacher

Over fold’s jazzy new instrumental, a recording of James Baldwin’s moving 1963 speech given at Oakland, CA’s Castlemont High School plays. The speech, for predominantly black students, is about education and self-worth, and begins, “If I were your teacher, I’d beg you to fight me and not let me get away with anything.” The psych- and funk-infused “Teacher” layers several organic movements—and works seamlessly with …

Farewell to Andre Williams, R&B Singer and Godfather of Rap

Singer, songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap

Zephire “Andre” Williams—singer/songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap—has passed away in Chicago at 82 years old. Nicknamed Mr Rhythm, Williams worked in the music industry in various positions since the 1950s, from procuring and developing new talent to songwriting and producing. He co-wrote “Shake Your Tail Feather,” produced for Parliament-Funkadelic, teamed up with the Dirtbombs—his desire to make and explore music was, by all …

Listen Up

Hip-hop, blues, electronic and more in this week's new music

Saba feat. theMIND: SIRENS “SIRENS,” the second half of the track “BUSY/SIRENS” from Saba’s album Care for Me, is a poignant portrayal of misaccused black men. “Riding through the city / I’m young, I’m black, I’m guilty / I know one time wanna kill / They don’t know me but they fear me,” he begins his first verse. With cutting cadence, Saba tackles topics ranging from police …