Marking his return with an upcoming album, Adrian Younge is set to present what may very well be his finest work to date and one that pushes the boundaries just a bit more in a very deep socially dynamic way. The multi-talented Younge is always outspoken and has never been one to shy away from speaking with passion and challenging the listener to open their ears wider to understand what makes him a musical visionary while maintaining his analog roots in a very digital world.
The American Negro is an unapologetic critique, detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color. This project dissects the chemistry behind blind racism, using music as the medium to restore dignity and self-worth to my people. It should be evident that any examination of black music is an examination of the relationship between black and white America. This relationship has shaped the cultural evolution of the world and its negative roots run deep into our psyche. Featuring various special guests performing over a deeply soulful, elaborate orchestration, The American Negro reinvents the black native tongue through this album and it’s attendant short film (TAN) and 4-part podcast (invisible Blackness). The American Negro – both as a collective experience and as individual expressions – is insightful, provocative and inspiring and should land at the center of our ongoing reckoning with race, racism and the writing of the next chapter of American history.