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Passing the Summer Vibes with Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment

When Chance the Rapper, the young Chicagoan rapper released his critically recognized second mixtape, Acid Rap, no one would have predicted his next project to be anything like Surf. Credited as Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, the album is headed by Chance’s live bandleader and a collection of other artists. Forgoing his immense talent for a team effort, Surf provides contagious positivity and empathy making it a forerunner for album of the summer. With months of buildup and small tastes of the album and the band’s collaborative efforts released on Soundcloud over the past year, the album finally came to fruition when it was released for free on iTunes last May. Donnie Trumpet otherwise known as Nico Segal as trumpeter, bandleader, producer, percussionist and leader of the extensive group finds the best of both worlds within music. Featuring live instrumentation and drum machines, with sung, rapped, and sing-rapped vocals, the hour long album can’t be tied to down to one genre. Featuring appearances of J. Cole, Jeremiah, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, and …

Twenty Songs to Help You Celebrate Pride 2015 Over the Weekend

With the entire world celebrating the ending of Pride month and the miraculous announcement within the United States that same-sex couples can now marry in all fifty states, the LGBTQ community has plenty of reasons to celebrate during the weekend. To help start the weekend properly Beyond has made a twenty song playlist to help get the party started. Highlighting several LGBTQ artists, Queer related songs, and plenty of new and old classics, we hope you enjoy the diverse sounds and discoveries to be found listening to the playlist. Below we have provided links to the complete playlist on Rdio/Spotify/Youtube and individual links for each song. Providing the opportunity to listen to the hour long playlist or to characterize with a specific song, we hope you enjoy the following set of songs. Rdio Playlist   Spotify Playlist   Youtube Playlist   Without further ado here are the twenty songs:   1. Queen by Perfume Genius For those who need a serious sashaying anthem or those in general who just need a triumphant anthem… 2. I …

How Late-Night Television has become a Venue for Social Issues

Upon arriving on stage, Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius was nervous. Not only was this Hadreas’ debut televised performance, but he would be reaching out to a wide audience unaware of who he was. Walking on stage with heels, a white power suit, a black harness around his neck, and wearing bright red lipstick, Hadreas sang “Queen”. Beginning with the line “Don’t You Know you Queen?” building up to the chorus “No family is safe/when I sashay” Perfume Genius brilliantly embraced his queerness on stage. The same song lauded by Slate last year as perhaps “the year’s best gay anthem” saw the performance just like the song to not conform to heteronormative views on what he does. Inspired by “gay panic” and his previous experiences towards feeling uncomfortable for simply existing as he is, the performance self knowingly wasn’t for everyone but it was definitely for someone. For Hadreas, the realization of how different his performance was from any others didn’t come until he was completely finished. “Yeah, it was right after I was finished, …

The Third Wave of D’Angelo

The 41 year old musician, Michael “D’Angelo” Archer has had one hell of a career. Releasing an acclaimed debut album in the 90s, a dazzling sophomore album in the beginning of the new millennium, and then nothing, until a few months ago. His surprise third album, Black Messiah came out last December to the surprise of many on iTunes, followed by a physical release.  Originally planned to be released sometime later this year, D’Angelo was affected by the national unrest around the unprosecuted police officers involved in shootings in both Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. He moved the release of the album to speak to the times. Developed over a series of years, the release was welcomed by fans and critics alike. Landing on several critics’ end-of-the-year lists with only two weeks remaining, the album will most expectantly land on lists for 2015 too. Many are in the hopes that this is just the beginning of a new era for the talented multi-instrumentalist, producer, and multi-genre singer that is D’Angelo. Only 21 when he …