Syd & Kaytranada Celebrate Love Through the Lens of Classic Black TV & Film (Video)
With the Fall 2016 television season underway and gearing up to showcase more African American faces, perspectives, and writers than ever before, the state of Black T.V. and film is not only promising but truly robust. But that isn’t news to Heads, many of whom grew up watching shows like Martin and Living Single as well as films like Coming to America, ’80s and ‘9os comedies which placed African American culture in the living rooms and theaters of millions. Much like The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Foxy Brown did a generation before, the outstanding Black comedic offerings of the 1980s and 1990s have come to serve as major points of inspiration for today’s Hip-Hop artists, and even those who aren’t American and who don’t create strictly Hip-Hop music.
Kaytranada is a Canadian producer whose discography encompasses Electronica, Neo-Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Dance, and contemporary genres that don’t necessarily fit within the confines of labels most commonly employed. All of that is on display on his remarkable debut album, 2016’s 99.9%, which allowed Heads to feast on contributions from Phonte, Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, Karriem Riggens, and more. The Internet’s Syd joined Kaytra on “You’re the One” and today (September 27), the two have unveiled its video which serves as not only an homage to true love, but also to the stylings of classic Black television and cinema.
Kaytranada most recently dropped the mixtape 0.001% which, as he describes, is comprised of “beats, loops, remixes and sounds made during the process of 99.9%.” Since then, he made waves on social media after posting a picture of himself in the studio with Andre 3000.