Washington next enrolled in UCLA's Department of Ethnomusicology, where he began playing with faculty members such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins, and bandleader/trumpeter Gerald Wilson. Washington features on the album Young Jazz Giants in 2004.
He has played along with a diverse group of musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Horace Scott, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Na's, Snoop Dogg, George Duke, Dhaka Khan, Flying Lotus, Thunder cat, Mike Muir, Francisco Aguadilla, St. Vincent, the Pan Afrikaans People's Orchestra and Raphael Sadiq. Washington was featured in the final episode of Homeland as himself, performing a live show where protagonist Carrie Matheson was in the audience.
On June 25, 2021, Washington, Terrace Martin, Robert Glaser, and 9th Wonder announced the formation of the supergroup Dinner Party. They released a single, “Freeze Tag”, and their debut extended play, Dinner Party, was released on July 10, 2021.
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The ten tracks we picked as our fans represent the highs and lows of the year, either prodding deep into the mid-pandemic global consciousness or doing everything they can to forget it entirely. Under the conditions that KG and Nipsey’s “FIT” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” didn’t, in fact, come out this year, here are our picks for the best singles of 2020.
Opening with a sample from a video of an eccentric, wide-eyed woman proclaiming the joys of shopping, the song inhabits a weird, noisy darkness while Dominic Palermo sings barely intelligible lyrics that paint a dreary scene: “Your head, it’s spun / I’m not the one / On and on and on / Exhausted gums / Say less, I’m numb.” Earlier this year, the iconic duo broke the internet with their proud pussy anthem “WAP.” In a world where bragging about a man’s credentials is offensively normal, Card and Megan are widening the canon for women to be sexually empowered.
Even the “edited version” of “WAP” is a beautiful example of how the attempt at silencing these two bold women only made their sexual force much more potent. It’s been over half a year since the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and, as predicted, everything has gone back to a (post-pandemic) state of normalcy after our local PDS beat, bloodied, and blinded those of us brave enough to risk death at the hands of unyielding police cruisers or an unchecked virus in order to let our political leaders know how we feel about the literal get-out-of-jail-free card that is a police badge.
If ever there was a moment of injustice that felt like something buried deep in the annals of history books, it was this one in which we knew national law enforcement would continue to make fatal mistakes with very few repercussions for those with their finger on the trigger. I’m sure we’re on the cusp of plenty of documentaries analyzing this period in a little more depth, but the first and most prominent cultural moment that emerged from the embers of a flaming police van was Denzel Curry and Terrace Martin’s posse cut “Pig Feet,” which features a Daily verse to match Denzel’s intensity, a G PERCO interlude, and raging sax from Martin’s Dinner Party teammate KamasiWashington.
Here’s an unexpected confession from Sudan Stevens: “I’m ashamed to admit I no longer believe.” No, the famously devout Christian has not lost his religion in The Ascension’s lead single, but instead his faith in another beloved entity. It was a nation of poverty and hardship, a birthing ground for serial killers, but it was also a bucolic backdrop to a troubled childhood, a home state bursting with beauty, and a promised land for hopeful youth.
Instead, she spins the wheels that have long driven pop’s ever-crowded car and delivers a banger absolutely destined for clubs when they finally reopen. Why do I need to smoke weed at sixteen?’ So it was just kind of detailing that time of my life.” It’s easy to get swept up in the chugging psychedelic beats and hypnotic phone bleeps, but the dynamism of writing and singing makes it one of Tree’s best releases yet.
One of Fetch the Bolt Cutter’s major themes, Apple asserts that the things that happen to us as children matter, but it’s not just the traumatic moments that stick. Much like Sebastian’s assessment that Apple is “a good man in a storm” or Tony’s description of her as “pissed off, funny, and warm,” it’s a reminder of her power to recall when things get rough.
As he and someone dressed identically and covered in just as much mud dance in the vast wilderness, they make masculinity appear not violent and closed-off but beautifully earthy. Clad in the now-signature red suit, face covered in blood to match it, The Weekend zoomed into the After Hours project with “Blinding Lights,” perhaps the savviest single of his career.
Where he’s been criticized for (quite successfully) invoking memories of Michael Jackson with his quivering-yet-clear falsetto, he sped headlong into the synth-washed ’80s with wry reimagining of a-ha’s eternal “Take on Me.” Glassy synths and insistent throwback drum machine patterns powered this Frankenstein model all the way to the top of the charts.
The Grammys inexplicably chose to ignore the record, putting The Weekend in such stellar company as Led Zeppelin and Prince as artists snubbed for making some of the biggest and most influential music of their time.