Bartees Strange Synthesizes Genres and Reclaims Space

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Bartees Cox Jr., AKA Bartees Strange, released his debut album this year, entitled Live Forever. His sound traverses art-rock, emo, folk, R&B and even trap rap.


 
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Bartees Cox Jr., AKA Bartees Strange, released his debut album this year, entitled 'Live Forever.' His sound traverses art-rock, emo, folk, R&B and even trap rap. Though many are surprised by the effortlessness with which Bartees Strange synthesizes these genres, to him it’s all at its root Black music, and as such, he wants more kids of color to see themselves on that same stage.  

“I want to reclaim that space,” Strange says. “That's kind of what the record's all about. People think it's weird to see me do this, but it's not.”

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