It’s been nearly 200 years since white performers first started painting their faces black to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows across the United States. It was racist and offensive then, and it’s still racist and offensive today. By distorting the features and culture of African Americans—including their looks, language, dance, deportment, and character—white Americans were able to codify whiteness across class and geopolitical lines as its antithesis. Blackface and the codifying of blackness—language, movement, deportment, and character—as caricature persists through mass media and in public performances today. Join the movement by sharing the #eraseblackface hashtag on social media to bring awareness to this issue.
“Blackface” is produced by the multi-talented international producer BigBob from Elite Sound International. BigBob has worked with many reputable recording artists and legendary emcees to date including KRS-1, Cutty Ranks, Big Twins, Sadat X (of Brand Nubian), Psycho Les (of The Beatnuts), AG (of D.I.T.C.), Tragedy Khadafi, Planet Asia, Big Shug (of Gangstarr), Rockness Monsta (of Heltah Skeltah), Ruste Juxx, Craig G (of Juice Crew), stic.man (of Dead Prez), and many more. In addition, BigBob is producing tracks on Soulrac’s upcoming album, “Soulploitation”.
“Soulploitation” is an EP that’s reminiscent of the Golden Era of Hip Hop and the Black Power movement because it verbalizes the dilemmas we face as a society. Like the music from Blaxploitation films, it serenades its listeners with soulful and thought-provoking lyrics and music.
Inlighten Music Group LLC is an independent label established in 2018.
Soulrac (born Carlos Dukes) was born and raised in Orlando, Florida during the Golden Era of Hip Hop which influenced his musical palette and creativity. His upbringing shaped his thought process and motivated him to address social injustices he witnessed throughout his life. An environment where Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality, Gentrification, etc were the norm. As a youth, he started scribbling rhymes in his notepad and rapping became a means of expression. An expression he used when they would battle rap by freestyling during lunch and after school as a means of recreation. Soulrac defines his music as “Music for the Soul” and his name is derived from his first name being spelled backwards with an extra U.