DeJamz: Black History Month


Although unjustly short, Black History Month is a powerful reminder of the Black community’s contributions, influences and triumphs. While DeJamz may only focus on music, there is no question that all genres of music would be nowhere near as impactful or meaningful without the invaluable input, creativity and soul from Black artists. In honor of Black History Month, I’m bringing you some of my favorite well- and lesser-known artists. 

“Mary Magdalene” – FKA Twigs

Serving as the title track of Twig’s 2019 release “Magdalene,” this certified banger stands at the English singer’s definitive look into one of the most controversial biblical figures. If there is one thing about me, it’s that I’m going to eat up every crumb of art that stands as a critique of the Bible, especially when it has to do with gender and the notion of intimacy. 

“Pardon (Bu²ju²)” – Dre’es & Gaiuh 

I actually have no recollection of ever finding this song, but Gaiuh’s heavenly vocals have become a staple on my playlists since. I feel like this song always comes on when I’m driving home from the kitchen I work at in the summer, so I have come to associate it with sunsets and the small mountain of dinner rolls I stole as my post-work snack. 

“SUPERPOSITION” – Daniel Caesar 

Acting as a scientific glimpse into Caesar’s own life, “Superposition” examines the aftermath when two or more distinct currents cross paths. In Caesar’s case, he analyzes how his music, religion, and partners influence his success while also holding the power to dismantle the life he has created for himself. If you’re looking for an album with no skips, then “CASE STUDY 01” is for you.

“Bittersweet” – Ivy Sole

Philly-based singer and rapper Ivy Sole reminds listeners that satisfaction comes from persistence and tenacity in her 2020 single “Bittersweet.” A combination of smooth chords and Sole’s intoxicating flow makes “Bittersweet” the perfect song for any occasion, whether walking to the train station or the last three minutes and 24 seconds of your workout. 

“Crushed Velvet” – Yves Tumor 

I discovered this song by accident while searching for Ethel Cain’s “Knuckle Velvet,” and let me tell you, I’m not disappointed. Opening with an electronic hum followed by Yves’s reverberated vocals, it takes less than 30 seconds to immerse in this textural fantasy fully. As a banger, I seriously recommend checking out Yves’s entire discography because it is without flaw.