Their 7:30 Tape is in heavy rotation on WVUM, so stay tuned for more from them
+ check out the Voices of Black x POP-UP YouTube playlist collab after the jump
"Voices of Black began when the two met in high school in the suburbs of New Jersey–Jules Born, was the rapper and Baba Ali, the beat-smith. According to their story, Baba approached Jules with a cassette tape of beats he made after observing Jules in a freestyle cipher after school. After soon realizing that they shared similar musical influences and interests, they began working together, creating hip-hop mixtapes that they'd distribute amongst their peers. Soon, though, they began to see that sticking to a strictly hip-hop format restrained their creative ideas, while hip-hop culture itself was being diluted by the intrusions of mass commercial culture. In 2009, Voices of Black self-released their first effort "Tomorrow's Today" which was an experimental departure from their hip hop roots. In 2010, after being introduced to the Wolf+Lamb family by Nicolas Jaar (a friend and fellow classmate of Baba Doherty at Brown University), they released what they called an "experimental house beat tape" entitled 'Plastic Dolls'. The effort displayed the group's eclectic inspirational sources––from underground hip hop, to disco, soul, ambient and electronic dance music. The album, they claim, was inspired by their shared adoration for supermodel Anna Beatriz Barros, and their perceptions of the fashion modeling industry in general.
The duo are currently working on projects with a newly discovered talent, Rap Lisa, and another full length album. Voices of Black are strong believers in the power of uniting sound and image, and have, therefore, been collaborating with artist Mackenzie Younger (MindSex Productions) to create visuals to accompany their songs. Mackenzie Younger is an artist currently studying at Rhode Island School of Design."