January 7, 2011

Cody ChesnuTT :: Black Skin No Value

After an eight-year hiatus, Cody "two T's in the nuTT" ChesnuTT—the man behind the Roots' hit "The Seed 2.0" and his own soul epic The Headphone Masterpiece—has finally returned with a new set of tunes. Black Skin No Value, a six-song EP released this past December, is a typically eclectic and gracefully soulful collection of songs. "Do Better To The Young," which sounds like a lost Marvin Gaye demo circa "What's Goin' On," is followed by the sparse acoustic gem "The Quiet Girl Who Eats Alone" and the trademark frank Chesnutt lyricsism of "Everybody's Brother," which begins with the line "I used to smoke crack back in the day." But perhaps the strongest song on the EP is the timely and topical "Where Is All The Money Going," which fuses elements of gospel music with the dirty fervor of garage rock. According to an interview with Fader, a full-length is also in the works and will be released sometime before next summer.

Cody Chesnutt - "The Quiet Girl Who Eats Alone" (from Black Skin No Value)
Cody Chesnutt - "Do Better To The Young" (from Black Skin No Value)
Cody Chesnutt - "Cadillac" (Live)

Cody ChesnuTT

1 comment:

  1. Whoa! Being an artist & avid Marvin Gaye fan, 'Do Better To The Young' is totally transporting, inspiring, conjuring up a sea of faded memories when soul music was potent. Loving it! Must look for the album. Thank you.