Audio: The Black Opera X yU "Black Superstar"

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn,

What we love most about the enigmatic Black Opera collective is that they combine their thorough knowledge of counter-cultural discourse with undeniably dope music. On this joint, they jump on a blaxploitation-nod courtesy of yU, which goes along nicely with their message about the ambiguity of black superstardom, most pointedly expressed in their own words:

The Black Superstar has always been a paradox in American Culture. African-Americans, and many racialized ‘others’, have for a long time held this odd allure as naturally cool, while at the same time suffering the effects of a body that is instantly criminalized. This is a dangerous duality that can serve as simultaneous impetus and hindrance. This polarization drives an ill collaboration between yU and the mysterious Black Opera, hosted by Mello Music Group.

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