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O-D: Producer talks K.Raydio album & African roots
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As we continue to shed light on members of the Twin Cities aesthetics community, we bring you Milwaukee to Minnesota transplant O-D.
Born out of the Pete Rock/J Dilla school of thought, the beat maker has paid dues producing music for Ghana's M.anifest and Blitz the Ambassador, The Chalice and the collaborative album with K.Raydio, "One Drop." I recently sat down with O-D to talk about his music and family roots.
Islamic fundamentalists are encroaching on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world. We hear about it, but it's hard to put into context, hard to understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Bamako) to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale that's as educational and spiritual as a biblical passage.
"Strange Fruit" Create by Oakland, CA. artist Lawrence Jones, and the original size is 76" x 76", acrylic on canvas. This painting display the lyrics to "Strange Fruit," the song Billie Holiday made famous. Each lynching represents a tragic event or time of violence, murder and horrible atrocities in this country. The four little girls killed in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing, the Mississippi, brutal killings of Emmett Til and James Chaney, the political assassinations of Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers; the mutilation of James Byrd; the disparity of justice of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, the list goes on. The bodies burning and tied to the base of the trees represent the brutality of ignorance, and the social injustice, that NO people should have to endure.
"In today's society, dark skin has become linked to longer prison time, higher unemployment rates, low self-esteem, lower standards of beauty, and higher psychological distress. The skin bleaching industry is a multimillion-dollar business.