Theo Croker - BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST
On his new album BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST, GRAMMY® nominated trumpeter, producer and composer THEO CROKER tells a haunting story about the origins, present and future of Black Culture in the United States.Buy Album
Drawing on deeply personal experiences, Croker's album reflects on this highly contemporary yet long-ago social experience. He relates it relentlessly and directly to current events, as in the lead single "State Of The Union 444|| BLK2THEFUTURE" featuring Wyclef Jean, yet goes far beyond. The album is a journey from the universal origins of African-American culture and its traditions of the past to its rootedness in the present and explores possible paths to the future. In the process, the album's 13 tracks come together like a contemporary oratorio. They tell of episodes of suffering and heroism, of harsh trials, awakening, rebellion and reconciliation.
"This album was put together like a screenplay," explains Theo Croker, "I want the listener to feel like they are in a movie. While meditating, the album's protagonist receives a message from his ancestors, who send him on a mission: to amplify the planet's vibrations through music that breaks the boundaries of each 'genre' and liberates culture from the threat of commercial appropriation," Theo explains. "BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST is meant to be a deeply impactful, personal experience for the listener, but it's also dance music - it's Black music, after all."
Musically, Croker proves his stellar status as a musician, producer, and songwriter that reaches far beyond the young U.S. jazz scene. His album stands beyond all genre boundaries, combining elements from the entire history of African-American music culture and far beyond. BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST thus not only celebrates African heritage, but is ultimately a reappropriation of that culture through culture. In addition to Wyclef Jean, the album features soul singers Ari Lennox, Charlotte Dos Santos or Malaya as guest musicians.