The Wages of Being Black is Death
Cassette of the Month - October 2018
For October’s Cassette of the Month we are very proud to feature Kepla and DeForrest Brown Jnr’s poignant, powerful and deeply stirring new work, The Wages of Being Black is Death, on Purple Tape Pedigree.
'The Wages of Being Black is Death' is an exhausted and defeated audio documentation of the alienation - and eventual distillation - of the Black Body as a subject and content of the social sphere by Kepla & DeForrest Brown, Jr. Written and recorded in a week’s time between file-sharing and overnight home studio binges, the mixtape is framed as a deadpan comedy that follows a slothful and downtrodden Black Body as it drifts amongst the ambient commons of the Whites. Artist Ryan Kuo states that, “Whiteness acts by dictating the terms and categories that describe everything in the universe except itself.” 'The Wages of Being Black is Death' in turn serves as a reversal of the nominal gaze of categorization, a paranoid disavowal of an uneven and silent social contract as well as an intimate encounter with the daily, incessant slights and traumas felt by the Black Body in everyday life.' (DeForrest Brown Jnr)
Commissioned by Maria Chavez at Mary Mattingly's barge/sculpture SWALE
Cover Photo by Ting Ding
Engineering by Jaclyn Miller (aka Voice Training)
Mastered by Leo