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For Black Jewelz, It’s Time To Shine

by Brian Slattery | Aug 25, 2017 7:58 am

Courtesy Black Jewelz “A.I.,” from the New Haven-raised Black Jewelz’s science-fiction hip hop odyssey Illethal, begins with a sparse yet shimmering beat, one that leaves plenty of room for the torrent of words that’s coming. Then the voice comes in, first heavily distorted, the sound of a machine talking.

“Attention,” it says. “I am immortal / Anthropomorphic, invincible, abnormal / Infamous. Also incognito, anonymous, / Intently announcing impending Armageddon, imminent annihilation, instant apocalypse.”

“The main attraction of the song,” Black Jewelz — that is, Julius Ferguson — explained, “is the lyrical pattern. I labored over it for two days straight. I went through every word in the dictionary that begins with a and i.

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