oh hi monday.
the universe is really beginning to align with my assertion that 2014 is year of the real black girl. this weekend, i worked on a big passion project focusing on #rbg and then went to two childish gambino shows (keep reading, i’ll explain) steeped in black girl goodness.
the main ‘bino show was cool. it def has me geeked for his performance at gov ball this summer. however, the highlight was the after concert-concert. i honestly don’t know how i finagled my way in that jawn, but whatevs. i showed up and got blessed by everyone in the below picture.
the after concert-concert was a stripped down, jazzy, honky tonk-esque jam session of my fave “because the internet” jams with some of the most epic guest appearances ever. i obviously screamed my head off when ab-soul and joey came onstage, but the night belonged to the ladiiiiieeeees. i saw a huge pile of hair weaving through the crowd while ab-soul was performing and started hyperventilating realizing that it was sza. i’ve blabbed about her here on the blog and pretty much nonstop in real life for over a year now. she performed “child’s play” and i wept accordingly. then a blonde pile of hair started making its way to the stage and i knew it was lionbabe aka the only person i’ve been listening to for the last two weeks nonstop. ::insert my frantic cheering and clapping here::
i was aware of lionbabe since last year. the guy behind it was my friend’s boss and she gushed about how good their music was. i listened to the one song, but wasn’t in the headspace for new tunes, so i never listened again. i revisited aformentioned song two weeks ago and have barely listened to anything else. check out “treat my like fire” and try your best to not become obsessed.
still with me? ok. then sza and lionbabe performed two impromptu jams together. jill scott’s “the way” sent my soul to heaven, so i was barely conscious when donald glover covered pm dawn’s “die without you” and anita baker’s “sweet love”. essentially it was a parade of black excellence rooted in our great gift of musical improvisation. nothing swells my heart more than the beauty of black culture on display.
thanks for an awesome saturday mr. donald glover!
*editor’s note: several media outlets are reporting that sza and lionbabe performed “boogie nights” when in actuality, the band was playing mary jane girls’ “all night long” and sza jumped into mary j blige’s “love no limit” remix which samples the mary jane girls. sorry, the r&b historian in me couldn’t let that slide. why haven’t white-run music blogs hired me yet??