The BLACK ARC Series

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Black Arc blasts with vengeance into the collective consciousness of those who would embrace the music, eradicating the fake and transparent abuses of funk with righteous and transcendent fury.

25 Years Cover Abiodun Oyewole: 25 Years. In his first solo album, Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole threads his crucial poetic songwriting through an assortment of musical fabrics from jazz to African beats. The wide arc of black experience is presented through words of truth and music of passion. With Umar Bin Hassan, Don Babatunde, Aiyb Dieng, Bill Laswell, Henry Threadgill and more.

Aftershock 2005 Cover Jerome Brailey and Mutiny: Aftershock 2005. Funky grooves, with visions of Eddie Hazel in the guitar tracks, this keeps the funk alive. With Kevin Williams, Chris Beasley, Nicky Skopelitis, Bernie Worell, Michael Hampton and Cherokee.

Zillatron: Lord of the Harvest. Cyberfunk creations from Bootsy Collins and Bill Laswell, driving funk into the virgin territories of ambient, hardcore, techno, and beyond with Buckethead and Bernie Worrell. Think of this as Funkadelic meets Napalm Death.

The Last Poets: Holy Terror. The new album by The Last Poets,legendary forefathers of rap and urban griots supreme. Features Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole and guest poet GrandmasterMelle Mel with music by Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Bill Laswell and Aiyb Dieng. Available April 18.

Slavemaster: Under The Six. An organic fusion of hard, Gothic, heavy rock guitars with funk and hip-hop grooves. The Islamic righteousness of bassist/vocalist Islam Shabazz gives voice to the disenfranchised that cuts across cultures.

O.G. Funk: Out Of The Dark. Raw, uncut funk from original Funkadelics Billy "Bass" Nelson, Bernie Worrell and Jerome Brailey, with Melle Mell and Gary "Mudbone" Cooper. Great lyrics too.