CURRENT: Future Brown – “Talkin Bandz” (feat. Shawnna & DJ Victoriouz)

We already knew “bandz a make her dance,” so it’s due time we talked about them. Future Brown is already responsible for one of the year’s best tracks in “Wanna Party” featuring Tink and 3D Na’Tee, so “Talkin Bandz” only solidifies what we already knew. Producers Fatima Al Qadiri, J Cush (Lit City Trax), and Asma Maroof (Nguzunguzu), working with Shawnna, yes, that Shawnna, waste no time in developing a certain mood, positioning Future Brown as a forward-thinking collective. What allows “Talkin Bandz” to stand tall amongst this year’s best tracks in hip-hop is its unwillingness to allow Shawnna’s femininity to be much of a talking point. She’s rapping her ass off, and while a black woman rapping about things men have been rapping about for years is still viewed as a political statement, Shawnna or Future Brown don’t seem to give any fucks about it. Simply by allowing a woman to take the reigns on “Talkin Bandz”, Future Brown is bridging the gap between where we are and where we need to go.

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