“Black males have helped create the blues, more than any other music, as a music of resistance to the patriarchal notion that a real man should never express genuine feelings. Emotional awareness of real-lfe pain in Black men’s lives was and is the heart and soul of the blues. When the guitar player sings, “I found a leak in my building, and my soul has got to move,”…he is singing about the pain of betrayal, about the soul’s need not to be abandoned, but to find shelter in a secure emotional place.”
a return to a blues aesthetic in music would be a nice departure from rapey rap.
-bell hooks, from “Forever” in Black Cool (via sydlow)