The plot line for Chimurenga Renaissance’s new video “The B.A.D. Is So Good” is small in scope, but massive in intention. B.A.D. is an acronym for Black American Dream which constitutes everything the video portrays: music, community, aspiration, and the demand for a better tomorrow. “The B.A.D. Is So Good” is a single from CR’s new album, riZe vadZimu riZe, available to stream below and read more about here.
The dream is the nightmare is the beautiful revery. Chimurenga Renaissance drops knowledge on the B.A.D. (Black American Dream). Zimbabwean harmonies collide with Bomb Squad noize and Shabazz Palaces consciousness on “The B.A.D. Is So Good”. Chimurenga’s DNA is still being sequenced, but click here to find out what we’ve learned thus far.
Chimurenga Renaissance is a side project of Tendai Maraire’s who you already know as one part of Shabazz Palaces. Do a little light internet digging to find the meaning of “chimurenga” and you’re on your way toward enlightenment. Listen to CR’s Pungwe mixtape (which actually dropped last fall) to take another step.
“A Toast to Frame and Ro” features Tendai’s SP partner, Palaceer Lazaro, and it might be the hardest, most beautifulest thing in Seattle rap this year.
Shout-out to Serg for bringing this recent free drop to my attention. Producer/MC TraQ released this 7-song EP a couple days ago which is one of the best collections from The Town I’ve heard this year. The production is a dynamic mix of lush electronic soundscapes paired with hardcore boom-bap. It features area talent like Spaceman, Meez, Luke Rain, and JusMoni. The MVP, however, is that dude Khingz, who has the best bars by far on the battle-rap joint “I Go In.” Also of note is Tendai Maraire’s verse on “Glory,” where the Shabazz Palaces affiliate shows he’s more than just nice on the mbira. Stream and download for free below.