Monthly Archives: June 2017

NEW RELEASE: ‘New Black Swing’ by SassyBlack

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In a glorious groove, SassyBlack has created her finest project to date. New Black Swing is Black’s step into maturity. Full of spacious synths, heavy bass and sweet R&B vocals, she’s tapped into her soul in a fresh fulfilling fashion.


Smooth, silky, jazzy, funk are some of the terms that come to mind with her approach to this record. Often venturing into extreme vulnerability, Sassy shares intimate sides of herself that have only been playfully touched on in past projects.


You may be familiar with the vocal stylings of SassyBlack as she was half of the dynamic duo THEESatisfaction and also appear on Shabazz Palaces records Black Up & Lese Majesty (released on Sub Pop Records).


This album is all about positive energy & satire as Black effortlessly recreates the sound of 90’s New Jack Swing while keeping her psychedelic funky sound in tack.  Out Now available on BANDCAMP, iTunes & CD Baby


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From The Artist:


“Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise. I think about the deepest times in my life and how I dealt with them through them music with a bounce, catchy melodies and poetic sentiments.


I’ve always wanted to write & compose a R&B record, but the fear of ultimate vulnerability & judgement haunted me. Would my Queer Black girl feelings be acceptable? With that said, this is a very intent album. Probably the most intentional record I have composed yet.“



SassyBlack is a space aged vocalist & producer based in Seattle, WA. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores sound through deep compositions.


With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is comparable to Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan while her production value is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock. Black has traveled the world having performed in Berlin, Barcelona, Milan, London, Brooklyn & more.


Sassy has gained praise from The Fader, NYLON, Pitchfork, Noisey, Saint Heron, SPIN & many others. Black successfully toured Europe last fall and is gearing up for her next tour fall 2017.


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Here’s what people are saying about it:

“SassyBlack, aka Catherine Harris-White is the afrofuturist, sci-fi loving R&B singer we, the people, need. And thank goodness she’s back with a jazzy new second solo album, New Black Swing.”
- AfroPunk

“If you find it difficult to categorize SassyBlack’s music, that means she’s doing it right.”

Catch her on the road in a city near you!


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Best of International Jazz Day 2017 in Havana, Cuba

TMIJ/UNESCO, International Jazz Day 2017, Sun. April 30.

Havana, Cuba becomes the jazz capital of the world with the 2017 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, hosted by Will Smith.

BET’s special broadcast featured exclusive interviews and performances from jazz luminaries including:

Herbie Hancock
Marcus Miller
Kenny Garrett
Cassandra Wilson
Esperanza Spalding
Ben Williams
Antonio Sanchez
Christian Sands
Carl Allen
Ambrose Akinmusire
John Beasley (Musical Director)

…and many more!

Catch never-before-seen interviews and footage of the 2017 education and outreach program in Havana, Cuba.

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Riveting Tupac Biopic in theaters Now – Order Your Tickets Today


Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company has releasing the most anticipated film of the summer! ALL EYEZ ON ME, the untold story of Tupac Shakur in theaters now.


The gripping tale takes audiences from Tupac’s humble beginnings to the untimely end of arguably the most influential rapper of all time.


ALL EYEZ ON ME is packed with Hollywood heavyweights both in front of and behind the camera; Benny Boom directs this biopic starring Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett Smith, Danai Gurira (Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur and introducing Demetrius Shipp, Jr. in the breakout performance as the icon himself.


Codeblack has dropped three iconic pieces of artwork. Get yours at


Order your tickets now


Watch the explosive trailer:

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STAPLES Center Concerts | Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi, Jhené Aiko, Khalid & more


Los Angeles: June 22 – 24, 2017

Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi, Jhené Aiko, Khalid & more 

50% off STAPLES Center Concerts


Lupe Fiasco brings the underground to Highline NYC

Lupe Fiasco @ Highline Ballroom

Words and Photos by Dashaun Simmons | @13Rose

It’s easy to forget that Lupe Fiasco was only supposed to do 3 albums. When his debut hit stores in 2008 via 1st and 15th/Atlantic, he planned to do two more albums and retire from rap. In 2017, we find Lupe returning to NYC supporting his first independent album (6th official release) entitled Drogas Light.

After opening sets by Dayne Jordan, and battle rap luminary Daylyt, Lupe took the stage with his tour DJ Double O fresh off their DC stop. Unlike other rap artists, Lupe doesn’t keep his fans waiting long. He makes good use of his stage time leaving nothing to waste. The set began with High, an interlude (which is as long as a song) from the aforementioned Drogas album. The drum kicks were played out in real time by Double O using a digital setup.

Lupe quickly reminded this audience of his rich catalog of singles and deep album cuts that keeps them coming back for more. Go Go Gadget Flow got everyone turnt in an attempt to follow his dizzying lyrical cadence. Dopamine Lit pushed the energy even higher. Kick/Push, Hip Hop Saved My Life, and even I Gotcha all got tons of love. Fans of underground Lupe releases like Pharoah Height were treated to his two latest Soundcloud masterpieces ANKH:HER and Kneelin’ On Needles. At one point Lupe brought underground NYC native Mickey Factz to the stage to perform some additional acrobatics flows.These lyrically dense moments would normally satisfy hardcore fans, but not Lupe’s. They ate them up and still chanted for other heavy songs like SLR.

The energy often shifted from head nod songs like American Terrorist to bouncing off the wall sing-a-long song Daydreaming. His range is very wide and varied. Lupe kind of started his career talking about things most rappers shy from and taking the road less travelled. It only makes sense that he’s finally become the independent artist he was always destined to be. With a solid and loyal base of supports intact, Lupe is perhaps in the most free position of his career. If you enjoy his music and follow his multiple entendre raps, you owe it to yourself to see him in this space.