Today, rapper Black Thought released “Noir”, a new Adrian Younge-produced song as part of the latest Amazon Original “Produced By” installment. “Produced By” pairs producers with a collection of some of today’s top artists across various genres to create exclusive, new recordings for Amazon Music listeners. Each Friday in February Younge is releasing an Amazon Original song as part of the series, only available to stream and purchase on Amazon Music.
“Noir” follows the release of Georgia Anne Muldrow and Terrace Martin’s Younge-produced song “February,” Estelle’s collaboration with Younge, titled ”Home.” Next Friday, the final track in the series will be released by Gallant.
From Adrian’s perspective, each of these songs collectively celebrate the spectrum of black music, and are intentionally being released during Black History Month. Younge explains:
The obsession with race is disturbing to those that wish to divert attention away from the unyielding attributes that have plagued black America. However, we all must realize how such disenfranchisement has negatively affected us all. We are all equal and we are all human; we all have something to say and something to contribute; essentially, we all deserve to be heard, recognized and respected. That being said, our celebration of Black History Month brings us closer to understanding the struggles and contributions African Americans have made in making America what it is.
There was a time in America when Blacks weren’t free to pursue their creative endeavors. Such cultural tension led to Blacks creating the first American musical art form: Jazz. This music, the antithesis of western idealism, is what continues to inspire black music today. My work embraces this perspective, but furthermore, it serves as a reminder of how music can lay the groundwork for self-expression and cultural awareness. Embrace Black History Month and take the time to realize how black music has shaped the cultural narrative of America.
“Long time intention fulfilled. Much more to come…” Black Thought states.