Nothing Playing!
Loading...
00:00
/
00:00
 
 
Click to enable notifications

Musical Family Tree Store

Speading Indiana Music
 
Loading...
Premiere: Bangers By One's Antinomy EP
Posted March 31, 2015 by Jon Rogers
WRITTEN BY
Jon Rogers
ON
March 31, 2015

 


Is it my strength?
Is it my stride?
Why are you scared?
Scared for your life?
Are you afraid that we may find out the truth?
Afraid for our lives, seems we don't have much to lose,
Cause a nigga too black!
Is it cause a nigga too black?
Is it cause a nigga too black?
Is it cause a nigga too black?

- "Too Black" by Bangers By One w/ De Marcus Rashad, K Harris, Pope Adrian Bless


It would be hard to say something positive about the times we're living in, thanks to a recent, shameless resurgence of injustice and oppression everywhere you look. It doesn't take a history degree to know that hatred and bigotry have dictated a lot of human behavior and maybe always will (at least until we manage to wipe ourselves out, right?). Hatred and bigotry define much of America's past too. And they're popping up in Indiana and surrounding states in some outright shitty ways lately (do you even need me to list examples?). 

However, if there's any hope for us as a species, it will be because we all start trying to understand and address the heinous crimes against humanity and the undercurrents of hatred, cruelty, and fear running deep through our history. No one is saying it will be easy to make things right, but it will almost certainly be necessary if there is to be any future at all. Art with a strong message can be a step in the right direction, so let's talk about a great new work of art with the potential to have a stunning impact in these bleak times.

 


The personal, the poetic, and the sociopolitical collide on Bangers By One (AKA One The Producer)'s latest EP, Antinomy: Rude Awakening Series, and the results are astounding. Antinomy is a remarkably cohesive artistic statement by a group of uncompromising and talented performers from Indiana and beyond. In the midst of a wide range of dark emotional themes, the EP manages to convey a sense of impending hope through unity and awakening, through people joining together to make a difference--and maybe even to spark a revolution.

In the span of 34 quick minutes, Bangers By One and his many collaborators paint a broad and multifaceted portrait of America and how things have changed in the months after Ferguson and the birth of the #blacklivesmatter movement. It's an artistically rich, powerful album that has had a profound impact on me each time I've listened to it. Many of the verses take time to absorb, and the unique production definitely holds its own on repeated listens.

One The Producer and the emcees/poets/vocalists he works with on Antinomy are unapologetic, foward-thinking, fearless, and diverse. They want to challenge every preconception about race and race relations that listeners may bring to the table. It's quite a feat, and one that no fan of good modern music should miss--especially if you've been riding the awesome wave of quality local hip hop that has been pushing Indiana forward for the last couple years.

 


The album features guest appearances by Jo Universal, Sirius Blvck, Maxie, Pope Adrian Bless, Devon Ginn, Chuck Mason, and Houston's De Marcus Rashad, among many others, but it is One's work as a producer, composer, and curator that holds the whole thing together. Antinomy is clearly the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes work and a great ear for musical detail. On top of that, many of the hooks on the album are unforgettable after only one or two listens. However, the true power of the album lies in the potency of its many collabs and its uniting themes, which promote power for the people and positive change to eradicate the hatred and injustice that have become so ingrained in American culture.

While the album contains more than just Indiana artists, it is an exciting step in the right direction for Indiana music, whether it be hip hop or any other genre. Antinomy pulls together pop, soul, R&B, rap, poetry, and One's top-notch production, but it also brings together people who believe in the power of music to change lives. It is an album that can both challenge you and change you, if you will open your mind and allow it to do so. 

Don't miss the (free!) Antinomy release show this Friday at the Madame Walker Theatre in Indianapolis, if you are in or near the area. It promises to be a memorable, one-of-a-kind event in Indiana music and culture.
 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Welcome to MFT!

Supported By

With support from: Arts Council and the City of IndianapolisIndiana Arts CommissionNational Endowment for the Arts

Recent Blog Posts

8/22/20
by Grant McClintock
08/20/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FM
E & AJ, from ELE Fest, guest-hosted:https://www.elevatedfest.com/1. Among the Compromised - Elev...
8/15/20
by Grant McClintock
08/13/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FM
08/13/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FMChris Banta, from Romanus Records, guest-hosted:1. Sm wolf &ndas...
8/8/20
by Grant McClintock
08/06/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FM
08.06.2020 MFT radion show on WQRT: Jeff Nordyke guest-hosting:The Brothers Footman - BangO.D.D.I.T....

Donate to MFT

Help us spread Indiana music, and we'll give you special rewards as our way of saying "thanks!"

 

Recent Blog Posts

8/22/20
by Grant McClintock
08/20/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FM
E & AJ, from ELE Fest, guest-hosted:https://www.elevatedfest.com/1. Among the Compromised - Elev...
8/15/20
by Grant McClintock
08/13/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FM
08/13/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FMChris Banta, from Romanus Records, guest-hosted:1. Sm wolf &ndas...
8/8/20
by Grant McClintock
08/06/2020 MFT Radio Show on WQRT FM
08.06.2020 MFT radion show on WQRT: Jeff Nordyke guest-hosting:The Brothers Footman - BangO.D.D.I.T....