West Coast rap vet/Paid Dues Festival founder, Murs, has teamed up with Bad Brains’ founding member Darryl Jenifer, and Ego Trip co-creator Sacha Jenkins SHR to form The White Mandingos, a group Rolling Stone calls “an aggressive, confrontational combination of rap and gritty punk.”
The trio announced their debut full length LP this week, entitled The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me, set to drop June 11th via Fat Beats Records.
According to a press release, the upcoming album “is a hugely ambitious concept record told from the perspective of Tyrone White, a rock band frontman from Harlem’s Polo Grounds housing project.”
Jenifer and Jenkins’ production style blurs the boundaries separating hip-hop, hardcore punk, metal, and R&B, providing the album’s narrative with a vivid, enveloping sonic backdrop.
It also tackles issues of race and identity, which is informed by Jenkins’ background as a writer and satirist. “I think a lot of folks will be able to relate to Tyrone and his struggles,” Jenkins says. “He feels misunderstood- by his women, his friends, his people. And that misunderstanding sometimes affects who he is and who he truly wants to be. Should he not be playing this music because he’s black? And who the hell is in the position to tell him what to do anyways?”
In the end the listener will truly understand Rakim’s adage, “It ain’t where ya from, it’s where ya at.”
So far, The White Mandingos have released the title track to The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me. Listen below.