The freshest urban and soul-based tracks in this week’s update includes Ambré, Amorphous, JoJo & Queen Naija.

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The single cover art to “Sunshine (The Light)” by Fat Joe feat. Amorphous

Welcome back — Flavor Waves is here to bring the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today. Come float in a wave of magic.

Created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, this is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, and now on The Renaissance. All previous and future updates can be found here.

So far, it seems we’re helping get the word out — Flavor Waves has now reached over 100 likes on Spotify! …


Here’s the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today, including Bryson Tiller, Jazmine Sullivan, Romen & SZA.

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The single cover art to “Nah” by Romen.

Welcome back — Flavor Waves is here to bring the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today. Come float in a wave of magic.

As we announced in The Renaissance Rundown #18 to conclude 2020, we are welcoming the Flavor Waves playlist to The Renaissance Project. Created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, this is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project.

Welcoming Flavor Waves to the family will further diversify and improve the content we bring to you, the reader. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, and now on The Renaissance. …


Got a taste for something new? Check out the freshest urban and soul-based tracks of today, curated by Taylor Gray.

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Got a taste for something new? Check out Flavor Waves and float in a wave of magic.

As we announced in The Renaissance Rundown #18 to conclude 2020, we are welcoming the Flavor Waves playlist to The Renaissance Project. Created and managed by R&B artist & playlist curator Taylor Gray, this is a separately managed, R&B-centric list that will have periodical updates (as of now, weekly) co-published by The Renaissance Project.

Welcoming Flavor Waves to the family will further diversify and improve the content we bring to you, the reader. …


The young entertainer reveals his process in creating mashups, speaks on his career aspirations, and admits he doesn’t know how to pronounce Moderat. (Probably like most of us.)

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Amorphous, the online mashup sensation, sat with The Renaissance Project earlier in 2020, primarily to speak on their mashup project, Beyoncé x KAYTRANADA, which was subsequently taken down by Bandcamp. We covered a lot of maybe more interesting topics, as featured in our profile, “Amorphous was the winner of 2020 — and he wasn’t even trying”. But we have condensed, edited and provided some of the interview transcript so you don’t miss out on this valuable insight into the mind of one of the year’s top creatives.

Juwan Holmes, The Renaissance: Hello Jimir, thank you for talking.

Jimir Reece Davis, aka Amorphous: Hi. …


Through mashups and mixes, a young, Black, gay boy from Philly became the hottest name in all of music. But it wasn’t planned.

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Amorphous, as drawn by Errol Berry (@everythingerrol). All rights reserved.

Nothing we planned for happened in 2020.

Maybe some of us did plan for chaos to ensue. But, not like this. We did not plan to have to protest several murders due to police brutality, for months, during a deadly viral pandemic, that was itself killing hundreds of thousands, while the entire world was supposed to stay home as much as possible, but most in America had to fend for themselves while their government did close to nothing for them.

On top of all of that, we were expected to live.

Amorphous, like us, did not plan for 2020 to happen. In August, he had no idea where to go. “Um… I really don’t know,” he uttered when I asked him back then what was “next” for him, laughing it off. “let me stop playing — I’m such an impromptu, impulsive person that… I can’t really say exactly what I’m going to do tomorrow.” …


Ah, so that’s what it’s like when a politician at least pretends to be concerned with state violence.

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Emmanuel Macron on November 19, 2019. Credit: Jacques Paquier via Wikimedia Commons

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, is a polarizing figure, both internationally and within the European country. Like leaders in America, Macron has to deal with police brutality, and one of the latest instances of it in Paris has made it even more difficult for the politician to navigate.

Michel Zecler, a 41-year old Black music producer from the southern Paris area, was ambushed by police officers in his music studio. The officers brutally beat and assaulted Zecler, unbeknownst to them, on video via security cameras. They repeatedly kicked, punched, and hit him with a truncheon.

From Blavity:

The officers allegedly lied before realizing they were caught on camera, saying the artist had attacked them and tried to grab one of their guns. …


In Director X‘s own words, “this isn’t B.S. It’s real.”

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Director X (left — holding sledgehammer) and Nyla Rose (right), posing on top of a car during filming of “The History of a Revolution” advert. Credit: Harv Glazer. Courtesy of AEW.

The newest collaborative partner for Director X: A bunch of wrestlers.

X, born as Julien Christian Lutz and formerly known as Little X, was the BET Director of the Year in 2016. The once “protégé of pioneering director Hype Williams,” X is known for his top-tier music videos that only the cream of the crop in pop and hip-hop seem to work with — including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Ariana Grande and Kanye West — but outside of music, he has also put together commercials and ad campaigns for Apple Music, Ebay, Spotify, Alexander Wang and the Gap. …


The alleged rapist’s search for assistance from Donald Trump to cure his problems personifies how tied in celebrity is with the state.

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Kodak Black in the music video for “Malcolm X.X.X.” Via Screenshot.

UPDATE, Jan. 20, 2021, 2:00 A.M. EST: The tactics Kodak Black and his legal team employed here did, in fact, work. On his last day in office, President Donald Trump granted Kodak (known as Bill K. Kapri) a commutation.

As noted in our original story below, this commutation only applies to Kodak’s federal crimes. While this will likely result in his release from prison, he is still subject to criminal proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and this does not guarantee his continued freedom. That being said, a Presidential pardon holds significant weight in society and in the legal profession. …


A new deal offer by the online platform allows you to “buy” a seat in a course and gift one to another musically-inclined loved one.

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Parris Goebel (center) in a still from her MasterClass course, “Creativity in Choreography.” Courtesy of MasterClass.

Online learning company MasterClass, known for its celebrity-led video courses by ‘masters’ in their fields, has a Black Friday offer ending this weekend: If you sign up for an annual subscription ($180), you’ll get an additional subscription for free that you can gift to anyone.

In addition to courses led by lectures from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Stephen Curry, and Anna Wintour, MasterClass has expanded its roster of music and dance stars that prospective students can learn from.

The most recent instructor added to the roster is Alicia Keys. …


Trump appointees specifically asked for Ludacris, while also considering ‘Russell Simons’ and Nicki Minaj.

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Sec. Alex Azar (right) and Assistant Sec. Michael Caputo (left), Department of Health & Human Services (via Twitter)

Michael Caputo, the Trump-appointed Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs to the Health & Human Services (HHS) Department, tried to get a number of celebrities in taxpayer-funded PSAs and advertisements. They were intended to promote efforts to curb the coronavirus, but Caputo wanted them to “be filmed ASAP” as part of efforts to induce “framing the ad campaign around helping the president,” Politico reports. Hip Hop’s top stars were among those in consideration.

At least one of the planned ads, which included actor Dennis Quaid and singer CeCe Winans, was produced. Others were nixed after the HHS Secretary, Alex Azar, ordered an oversight review of the project. According to documents by the HHS and recently made available to the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee, at least one was cancelled likely due to the involvement of George Lopez, a celebrity who has been critical of the President, sitting down with Dr. …

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Juwan J. Holmes

Juwan Holmes is a writer and multipotentialite from Brooklyn, New York. He is the editor of The Renaissance Project. http://juwanthecurator.wordpress.com

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