THUNDERCAT (Stephen Bruner) is a Los Angeles-based multi-genre bass guitarist and vocalist best known for his countless quiet collaborations with big names like Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. After dropping the single “Them Changes” in 2015, he released the highly-anticipated Drunk, his inventive third studio album. It was released in late February and sports a wide variety of feature tracks, like “The Turn Town” with Pharrell, “Drink Dat” with Taylor Graves and Wiz Khalifa, and “Show You the Way” with Flying Lotus, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. From the subject matter of his music to his sound, Thundercat perpetually delivers with unpredictability. This record is no different—Drunk treats his listeners to tracks teeming with duality, and presents us with a delectable assemblage of jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop and electronic music.
AF THE NAYSAYER (Amahl Abdul-Khaliq) is a prolific New Orleans-based electronic and hip-hop beatmaker/producer hailing from Los Angeles. He has toured with a myriad of artists like Durazzo, Prism House, and Sports Coach, and has opened for Glitch Mob, Om Unit, Quantic, and more. His latest EP, Armed Wing Battle Unit is an incredible and succinct six-track journey of sifting through layers of deftly crafted instrumental electronic music.
He is the current ambassador for Red Bull Music Academy, founder of the beatmaker showcase, Dolo Jazz Suite, and an instructor at Upbeat Academy, a non-profit providing NOLA kids with an opportunity to learn how to produce and perform EDM and hip-hop music.
Before his electrifying performance at the 2017 BUKU Music + Arts Festival Back Alley Stage, I sat down and had a conversation with the talented and ever-intimidating AF THE NAYSAYER. Check out what he had to say about his new album, his love of boxing, and his work in New Orleans:
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Bruiser Brigade’s very own dropped his fourth studio album, Atrocity Exhibition, in late September, adding to his arsenal of experimental hip hop bangers.
In an effort to keep Tulane students more in touch with this year’s election, The Vox decided to reach out to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to make a contribution to one of our articles. At first, she talked about doing an AMA, but in the end she reluctantly agreed to our idea of the following advice column.