Osunlade presents Racially Charged

by Various Artists

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“Something don’t feel right… because we’ve seen this before…”

In January of 2019, news outlets such as St. Louis Today, St. Louis local FOX station KTVI and the Washington Post reported that medical examiners concluded that Danye Jones had indeed committed suicide.

Jones, a 24-old black man, was found hung from a tree in his mother’s backyard. His mother, Melissa McKinnies, immediately rejected the police’s direction of investigating this as a suicide, saying that there was foul play and that her son was lynched. Jones is one of six peculiar deaths that have some connection to the Ferguson activists of 2014. McKinnies, an original organizer of the Michael Brown protests, disagrees with the medical examiner’s report.

It is in this calling for justice and anger that Osunlade presents “Racially Charged”. Two new songs, one with a new voice, another with an old. Entirely produced by Osunlade and mastered by the one and only Martin Iveson, better known as Atjazz. this single promises truth, a message warranted and some foot stompin’ all at once.

River city poet and writer Aturah starts things off with “They Say”, speaking directly on the Danye Jones case. Reminiscent to some of his more overtly political work like “Black August”, this one of Osunlade’s sparser arrangements, letting Aturah take charge with her urgent message.

Up next, the legendary Philly DJ and spoken word artist Rich Medina takes over vocal duties for “The Sickness”. Speaking on the monster that is social media and its passionate, outspoken and mostly clueless users, Osunlade brings a more sinister and cynical production into play, featuring the keyboard work of Yoruba Soul favorite, Jesse Gannon.

On the flip we end things with a tech-house tinged remix of “They Say” from Yoruba newcomer and other half of po-lar-ity, Burlie Mac as well as the instrumental version of the “The Sickness”.

Indeed, every night has its day, but we have to admit, it's dark as fuck right now.

This ones not for the faint at heart, but we are making no excuses for our rage!

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released July 22, 2019

01 Aturah “They Say’… 6:20
(Osunlade, Yoruba People’s Music, Ascap, Sony Atv Music LLC/ Aturah, AturahMyth, Ascap)
all instruments by Osunlade
knowledge by Aturah

02 Rich Medina “The Sickness” 4:03
(Osunlade, Yoruba People’s Music, Ascap, Sony Atv Music LLC/ Ricardo Grande Music, Sesac)
all instruments by Osunlade
piano by Jesse Gannon
knowledge by Rich Medina

03 Aturah “They Say… (Burlie Mac Remix) 6:33
(Osunlade, Yoruba People’s Music, Ascap, Sony Atv Music LLC/ Aturah, AturahMyth, Ascap)
remixed by Burlie Mac
knowledge by Aturah
remixed at Studio Buzz, Galway

04 Rich Medina “The Sickness” (Instrumental) 4:03
(Osunlade, Yoruba People’s Music, Ascap, Sony Atv Music LLC/ )
all instruments by Osunlade
piano by Jesse Gannon

All Songs Produced by Osunlade
recorded and mixed by Osunlade @ The I’lle’ Mobile, NYC – STL, USA, London - Derby Uk
Mastered by Martin Iveson for ARCO Labs
Label Manager: Colin Boardway
Executive Producer: Osunlade

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