On Black Plight, Nnamdi continues to remind us that he’s a powerhouse of genre-jumping and a master song-crafter. The mathy EP, released on Bandcamp day at the start of June 2020, came as an response to the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests. Each song, with immediate, urgent and personal lyrics, speaks directly to the continuing cycle of systematic racism, police violence and murder in the United States.
“Heartless,” the final track, opens with “again and again / it comes as no surprise.” No surprise, but plenty of rage and despair. And here Nnamdi has channeled it into a work of art built around a powerful truth and a call to action.
A portion of the EP’s profits go to Assata’s Daughters and eatChicago- pick it up here. And while you’re at it, for the full Nnamdi experience you might as well grab Brat and Krazy Karl too (all released in 2020).
By: Anna Holmquist