Joe Budden: Freedom Freestyle

Written by Joshua Blue

Tenor

August 11, 2017

A week of songs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

A remix of Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar’s “Freedom” this piece is filled with references to the Black Lives Matter movement as well as actual video content from many of the murders and assaults on people of color from the past few years. The work is combined with Jesse Williams’ incredibly powerful BET Awards speech about cultural appropriation.

“Land of the free, the home of the brave/Can’t let us be, we’ve grown from slaves/It’s there if you want to read/I mean it’s all in the page”

cw: strong language, violence, murder, blood, disturbing images

Joshua Blue

British-American Tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a tenor currently pursuing his masters degree at The Juilliard School in New York City. Joshua has been a featured soloist in large concert works and operas with City Music Cleveland, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Opera Theatre, the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and Music Academy of the West. He had his Alice Tully Hall debut last November under the baton of Maestro William Christie and will make his Carnegie Hall debut this December, singing the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra. Other debuts this year include singing Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Lyric Opera as well as NYFOS’s Protest at Merkin Concert Hall. Joshua graduated with his bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016.

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