wax poetics - issue 52 - dam-funk/lenny kraviz cover - wax poetics - magazinesWP 52DAM FUNK - 66648 - usmag - €13.50
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Featuring Flying Lotus, Sade, Betty Wright, Gary Bartz, Quantic & Alice Russell, Cody Chesnutt, Thundercat, Jamire Williaims, Georgia Anne Mudlrow and others !
There is a whole lineage of Black musicians that hasnít fit the stereotypical mold: Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Shuggie Otis, Prince, H.R. Itís within this space that Lenny Kravitz fits. Sade, however, found she could sit comfortably within the system and make things work extremely well at her own pace. Gary Bartz didnít want to be in a box, so, if he wanted to play funky music, let the outsiders call him a sellout. When just a teenager, Betty Wright navigated the male-dominated industry, and has continued to stay in it, guiding others. When Cody Chesnutt was dropped by his label, he recorded an album in his bedroom. The majors are no longer the powerhouses they once were. Small, independent labels are giving artists incredible freedom to stretch out. The same label that allowed Madlib to grow artistically is now doing the same for D‚m-Funk, and itís thrilling to see where heíll go next. Flying Lotus started his own label to do the same for other artists, like Thundercat. Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jamire Williams, and MeLo-X self-release their material, not having to answer to anyone but themselves. And look at the type of freedom Quantic and Alice Russell have. Who else records cumbia and spiritual soul in Colombia? Or moves fluently between old and modern soul like Myron & E? This new era will be defined by unlimited artistic freedom never before seen.