Boston’s own Blak Madeen deliver an incredibly potent and relevant new album, Supreme Aftermath, that deftly tackles Islamophobia, media-fueled hatred, and other issues facing our society.
Group member’s Yusuf Abdul-Mateen and Al-J Both drive that point home in making it clear that their message on this album is simple: “Think for yourself; don’t let the media or the politicians tell you how to view the world,” says Yusuf. While Al-J, agrees: “We are not preaching or trying to tell you what to do. You have to gravitate to our message—it’s magnetic.”
That sentiment is felt immediately on the opening title track, an already-powerful message made that much more poignant through the use of Malcolm X quotes. His voice serves as a guiding light for the duo, two proud Muslim men who use the remaining 13 songs to spread love, dish out sharp criticisms of the media, and spit straight verbal darts.
With Supreme Aftermath, Blak Madeen add another impressive project to their already-solid catalogue, while cementing Boston’s placement on the Hip-Hop map. “I think Supreme Aftermath is our best work yet, production-wise. It’s soulful music with a good message,” Al-J says, while Yusuf notes that they knew exactly what they wanted to do both lyrically and musically. The latter received a boost from a top-notch production lineup, comprised of The Arcitype, Sicknature (of Snowgoons), and Teddy Roxpin, among others.
Supreme Aftermath is out now via Rhyme Dawah, and if you’re in the Boston area on Jan. 15, be sure to head to the Middle East in Cambridge for the release party. It’ll feature performances by Masta Ace, G.Dot & Born, and Blacastan.