"But I wanted it to be a little rough around the edges.
I didn't want it to be slicked up; I didn't want the life all drained out of it." With its hypnotic rhythms and varied textures, first single "Ohio," inspired by the Toni Morrison book "Beloved," was a natural pick to set up the album.
" Somebody fucked somebody else over big time there.
The weird thing about this song – ubiquitous and beloved by Wisconsin grandmothers that it is – is that its lyrics contain the words "motherfucking," "nigga," "shit," and references to smoking dank. I remember watching The Box video network (where I learned everything I know about Black People) and seeing Tag Team’s follow-ups to this one: "Whoomp (Si Lo Es)" and "Addam’s Family Whoomp." I’m not kidding.
But for her first album of new solo material since 2007's "Children Running Through It" (2010's Grammy Award-winning "Downtown Church" was a live recording), she says, "I wanted it to sound like I was in the room with you." To that end, she and producer Craig Ross hired her stage sound engineer Roy Taylor to rig up "a bunch of old microphones to get that local sound," while hunkered down at the "funky, lived-in" Zebra Ranch Studio located an hour outside of Memphis, owned by Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars (both of whom play on the record).
READ MORE The new school year is now back in session and Black Celebrity giving showered families with back to school supplies, clothes, shoes, food and more !Soul/R&B vocalist and speaker Alex Harris showed how powerful his vocals were by performing a cover of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Love’s A Woman” and an original song “Wordless”.Devyne Stephens also introduced a surprise performance by 112 bandmate, Daron Jones, who performed two new singles off his new album. When these songs come on, White People look at each other and say "Awwww yeah" or "Hell yeah" and are compelled to sing along.Sometimes there’s also a corresponding stupid dance move.