Song of the Day: Butcher Brown – Black Man Ft. Michael Millions
Richmond-based five-piece collective Butcher Brown return with their new single BLACK MAN featuring fellow Richmond rapper and songwriter Michael Millions. Directed by award-winning producer, cinematographer and director Shirod Greene, the raucous video for BLACK MAN finds the band back in school, rallying the rest of the class to join them for an impromptu show of the track, culminating in a show-stopping sax solo.
Speaking on his lyrical inspiration, Millions says, I was thinking about cycles when I wrote this. Life, death and all points in between. About how things change and how things seem to just stay the same. The only thing I want to stay the same is my family, so that what I wrote about. I recorded it straight thru too, no cutting up the vocals because Butcher Brown cut they demos straight through, that was the only way to do it. This whole collaboration has been a gem and I’m excited to share this music.
The song marks Butcher Brown's first new music since they graced NPR's Tiny Desk (At Home) series with a performance straight from a Richmond rooftop last year, and collaborated with Alex Isley on a cover of Patrice Rushen's Remind Me. Following a tour run supporting Kamasi Washington in 2019, Butcher Brown released their eighth album #KingButch in 2020, which features the stand-out track Tidal Wave, and received praise from the likes of Bandcamp, OkayPlayer and NPR, which described the album as "a great marriage of hip-hop and jazz."
Listen to Butcher Brown new single BLACK MAN, featuring Michael Millions:
Butcher Brown is five groove merchants delivering a heady home-brew of jams and jazz, rhymes and beats—a funky, musical mix that makes one question why great music needs to be labeled as this category or that. The hybrid moniker “jazz/hip-hop” only begins to cover it. Their balance of raw energy and smooth sophistication, edgy improvisation with a generous dose of Southern roots reveals how equal opportunity they are in employing a wide range of musical styles, and how authentically they’ve absorbed it all. Individually, they are: producer/keyboardist DJ Harrison; drummer Corey Fonville; bassist Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.
Watch below Butcher Brown new single BLACK MAN, featuring Michael Millions:
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Elusive - Delicate Beauty
Scrimshire, Miryam Solomon - Heron - Radio Edit
FKAjazz - No Lonely Nights
Makaya McCraven - Ecaroh
Myele Manzanza - Peaks & Ferns
Jimi Tenor, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra - Jyrkänteellä
Ilmiliekki Quartet - Follow the Damn Breadcrumbs
Bodo Maier - Roadrunner
Tomasz Dąbrowski, The Individual Beings - Troll
Alfa Mist - First Light
Aldorande - La promesse au soleil
The Kahil El'Zabar Quartet - Eddie Harris
Unc D - traditional phobia
Redtenbacher's Funkestra, Horn House - Old Blood
MED, Blu, Madlib, Anderson .Paak - The Strip
Thiago França - Bodiado
MEUTE - Expanse
Triorität, Noa Erni - The Mental Traveller Theme - Triorität Session
Atjazz, Mark de Clive-Lowe - Awake We Stay
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Step Down