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Player Xchange: Black Milk x A K U A 'Puddles'

In our latest episode of Player Xchange, Detroit MC/beatsmith Black Milk and Ghanaian-Canadian songstress A K U A make a track at Rubber Tracks studio.


Detroit's current crown producer/MC Black Milk teams up with up-and-coming Ghanaian/Canadian songstress A K U A, who you might've caught singing in Solange's band, for this hazy installment of our Player Xchange series. In "Puddles," A K U A lays down some hypnotically airy vocals that float steady over a signature avant-hip-hop Black Milk beat. Milk perfectly summed up the ethereal vibe of the track in his interview, explaining that "there's a good contrast between [A K U A's vocal] softness and that wind sample, like you're kind of caught in that wind, blowing." Watch the behind-the-scenes video following the creation of the song and download Black Milk x A K U A's “Puddles" below and browse all of our previous Player Xchange collaborations.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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