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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for Philadelphia artist features guest appearances from BFLY, Black Quantum Futurism, Brother May, Elucid, Antonia Gabriela, Dudù Kouate, lojii, Maassai, Elaine Mitchener, Nappy Nina, Pink Siifu, Saydah Ruz, Orion Sun, and Yatta.
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  • Record Label: Anti-
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Experimental, Rap, Spoken Word, Avant-Garde, Underground Rap, Poetry, Political Rap, Left-Field Rap
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  1. Sep 24, 2021
    The 13-track record is anti-corporate music at its finest—this was not created for mere enjoyment, but as an outlet for the global psychic mood. Each track feels like 2020. ... The entire album is captivating, but the middle section is exceptional. ... In Ayewa's hands the heady concept [Afrofuturism] gets new life.
  2. Sep 14, 2021
    With Black Encyclopedia of the Air, Moor Mother uses her genre-agnostic style to tackle to world's most popular genre and make it undoubtedly her own.
  3. Sep 20, 2021
    This is a great and important record. Just listen.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2021
    Black Encyclopedia... is less abrasive but no less urgently meaningful [than 2016's Fetish Bones], a fusion of experimental hip-hop, soul, poetry and jazz-etched beatscapes that ebbs and flows around the concept of an Afrofuturist universe. [Oct 2021, p.29]
  5. Mojo
    Sep 14, 2021
    It's a wilful shuffle through the space-time continuum, where powerful pearls of wisdom about memory, the future and black justice pierce the sonic murk. [Oct 2021, p.90]
  6. The Wire
    Sep 14, 2021
    Black Encyclopedia Of The Air is a new reckoning of all things, an upending of the status quo presenting us with a world of new possibilities. [Sep 2021, p.56]
  7. Sep 14, 2021
    It’s in the curation of the record where Ayewa excels, presenting a platform for black and queer collaborators throughout.

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