Jazz, blues, and hip-hop are all genres rooted in blackness, so it’s not surprising that they often overlap in modern music. McKinley Dixon‘s “Bare Knuckle” combines different facets of all three genres in his newly released “Bare Knuckle,” which features a posthumously released verse by the legendary Sean Price.
For those who are unfamiliar, Sean was a member of the Boot Camp Clik collective and one half of Heltah Skeltah. McKinley connected with Sean through mutual friend and fellow emcee Guilty Simpson, which led to the creation of this song. He felt that tonight was an appropriate time to release “Bare Knuckle,” as Sean would have turned 44 today.
McKinley says that the song reminds him that “life is short, and it can be short for many different reasons. It also was the first time I tried something kinda ‘crazy’ like the trumpet and guitar solo over each other. So this song also represents risk to me.”
Look for more information on McKinley’s Who Taught You To Hate Yourself album in the near future. Stream “Bare Knuckle” below.