In 1970, a group of Black educators in Chicago developed a flashcard set of the Alphabet in order to provide Black centered teaching materials to a vastly White landscape of textbooks and learning materials. The Black ABCs were born. Now 50 years later, as artist Topaz Jones debuts his 2nd album, Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma is a view into his and America’s Black Identity through 26 individual scenes, each representing a letter and Topaz’s corresponding update to their meanings.
Topaz Jones is a loud dispatch from a soft signal. The adventurous production and everyman raps contained on his two independent LPs, “Honeymoon Suite” and “Arcade,” are knotty and funky. In the sprawling landscape of independent, unsigned rap, Jones has created his own island of infectious funk and quick-witted wordplay, a one- man band groomed on Smack DVDs, piano chords, and Outkast.
rubberband. exploded onto the scene and have quickly become one of the most sought after directing duos working in films, commercials, music videos and fashion today. Comprised of Jason Sondock and Simon Davis, the duo met at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and have been directing under the moniker since. There’s a unique flavor and point of view to their work, and their ambition, work ethic and industry savvy are unparalleled.
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