McKinley Dixon today announced his new album—and debut for Spacebomb Records—For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her will be released on May 7th, 2021, and shared the captivating first single “make a poet Black” alongside its cinematic, Jordan Rodericks-directed video. The album is the final piece of a trilogy following two self-released LPs by the 2018 NPR Music ‘Slingshot’ artist, who has always used his music as a tool for healing, exploring, and unpacking the Black experience in order to create stories for others like him. For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her is the culmination of a journey where heartbreak and introspection challenged Dixon to adapt new ways of communicating physically and mentally, as well as across time and space. “I think about the messaging, and how this can be a way for another Black person, someone who looks like me, to listen to this and process the past. Everything I’ve learned about communication for this album culminates with this bigger question about time. Is time linear when you’re still healing and processing?” he explains. “Storytelling is time travel, it’s taking the listener to that place. Quick time travel. Magic. These raps I’m making are no different than stories told around the campfire. They elongate the culture.” For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her is now available for pre-order.
Of “make a poet Black,” Dixon explains, “The creation of the song ‘make a poet Black’ was at a pivotal moment, not only in my musical timeline, but my life. I was achieving a lot of milestones in the same week I lost someone integral to my childhood. The accumulation of stories involved this person and when they passed, I questioned the validity of my memories. I went through a sort of an impostor syndrome and had a lot of uncomfortable moments with myself. This resulted in a song that challenged who I was, challenged my intentions and created this narrative of me chasing a version of myself that I lost. ‘make a poet Black’ is the result of me questioning: what about trauma forces a Black person to feel the need to create?”
Rodericks adds of the video, “This track, with its strings and its narrative lyrics, begged for a music video with hints of a through line. The song speaks to McKinley’s journey—seeking answers from inside, above, and beyond—and the instrumentation has an eerie bent, so we leaned into that. Is it a dream, a fantasy, a flashback? We really just explored the track as we concepted.”