Courtesy of producer Jeedo X under the alias Church Boy Lou, this 3-track Weep EP is steeped in the evolution of slave spirituals into gospel music. It is songs from the field meeting the trinity of Chicago house, Detroit electro-tech and disco. The voice of producer Paul Randolph accompanies the wails and moans from Southern plantation laborers on “Alright!”. The title track "Weep" is seven and a half minutes of haunting vocal chops and raw four-on-the-floor drums.
Weep EP is both the pained past and a wondrous revival. “I wanted to tune into my ancestors and touch on black folks’ beginnings here in North America,” Jeedo says. “Our cornerstone on this continent was based in sorrow then, and still is to some degree...somehow we push through and find good out of it."
Black is beautiful. Black is proud. Black is unapologetic. Black is Small Talk at 125th & Lenox. Black is Detroit. Black is Fannie Lou Hamer being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Black is vanglorious. Black is 79th and Stony. Black is not just February. Black is young and gifted. Black is Douglass and DuBois. Black is “Why We Can’t Wait.” Black is Berlin in 1936. Black is Mexico City in 1968. Black is Congo Square. Black is bell and dream. Black matters. Black cries. Black perseveres through the tears.
Black is Church Boy Lou’s Weep EP.
released April 18, 2015
. Produced by Jeedo X AKA Waajeed
. Additional keys by Jon Dixon and Tim K
. Mixed by Jeedo, Tenacity and Tim K
. Features vocals by Paul Randolph
. *Alright! Contains a replay of "Going Back To My Roots"