Black Man White Face Paint BW

The White Mandingos “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me” Album Is Racially Superior

White Black Cover Art

Race is a touchy subject, especially here in the good old U-S-of-post-Obama A. And, try as they may, most folks just can’t really exorcise their real (or imagined) cultural demons in one star-spangled sitting. It’s difficult. And I’m not saying that listening to the debut of the blackest Punk/Rock/Rap/Metal/Experimental multi-generational band known to the current American music scape–The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me–is necessarily going to solve that, but it sure does come close. Close in the sense that Tyrone White, the album’s fictional protagonist, lives out a slew of black/white complexes, shortcomings, struggles, and accomplishments in 16 genre-bending (1 bonus) tracks that stir up even the most sanitized room of racial politics

The White Mandigos

Comprised of Los Angeles MC, Murs, legendary Bad Brains bassist, Darryl Jenifer, and author-slash-god satirist, Sacha Jenkins (full disclosure, also the Editorial Director of Mass Appeal), The White Mandingos are nothing short of light-bearers for the dimly lit phenomenon known as the North American ghetto. In the particular case of their debut album and title track, that place is a low income, poverty-stricken cesspool that’s remarkably well-prepared (with firepower, one way tickets to correctional facilities and poisonous fast food) to annihilate kids like Tyrone White.

Vinyl Cover Art Record

But let’s not get it twisted, The Mandingos aren’t about a polarized perspective either, i.e. “blame whitey for everything.” Nah man, this thing’s bigger than that and, like this review, shock value’s a great tool when followed up with a message. Murs says it best in “Black N White” when he asks “Does this sh*t sound black? Does this sh*t sound white? Can it just be sound? Can that be alright?” Lines like that let me know that the message The Mandingos are really sharing with their music (apart from inspiring cats to live out their true artistic dreams) is to challenge the listener’s experience to question the social constructs of environment and race beyond their obvious limitations. That and several important life lessons about the dangers of record deals (“Warn A Brotha”), running the block (“King of New York”), rising about self-hatred (“Mandingo Rally”) and unpaid taxes (“Wesley Snipes”).

Cover Art Vinyl Sleeve Record

Depending on the racial, geographic, and historical proficiency of the listener, The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me is a sonically-diverse ride through some genuine and possibly uncomfortable terrain that utilizes music the way it was meant to, as a platform to express, challenge, and inform. It’s the opposite of conformity. It’s real. I’ve been digging it for a while and as far as the finished product goes, I still do. Any black music project that covers Minor Threat’s (a white hardcore band) “Guilty of Being White” just to mess with your noggin’s sense of racial perspective is more than good in my book. The message is clear, both black and white suffer

Hats off to The Mandingos for putting out an independent album that makes people of all colors question the validity of 2013 racial politics and celebrity culture. While the hypebeasts are watching for Kanye’s cryptic and avante messages, I think I’ll bank on some tried and true old school lessons instead. New slave, old slave, no slave, the story of Tyrone White via The Ghettos Is Tryna Kill Me is something that I’d like more coherent music listeners that’ve read this far into the review to really consider supporting and bumping.

Cop the white vinyl double LP + download via the Fat Beats online shop.

White Vinyle LP Record Cover Sleeve


Latest News


PREMIERE: Booda French “Masterpiece”

King Kashmere whippin' the pot

It’s The Most Gluttonous Time Of The Year!

Happy Thanksgiving
Arin Ray Music

PREMIERE: Arin Ray “Stressin”

The Cincinnati singer keeps it real about relationships

Smoke A Blunt With Trippie Redd

Let's go to Mars!
Music Video

PREMIERE: Magno Garcia ft. King Author & Code 9 “Raise the Conscious” Video

Produced by Giallo Point

Knowledge Darts Vol. 28: Every Action Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction

Let's talk about something that really matters
Music Video

PREMIERE: Skipp Whitman “Slow Down”

"Momma told me slow down, I'm about to lose my control"

Lil Peep Vigils Occurring All Around the World

Pink candles for the Goth Angel Sinner
Music Video

PREMIERE: Baby Bash & Frankie J “Candy Coated Dreamer” Video

"She did it all for the dream"
N.E.R.D News

‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ Will Be Here for Christmas

The 7-year wait will soon be over

PREMIERE: KXNG Crooked “The MAGA Continues” + Horseshoe Gang “Shoes Fall Off”

COB is up in here!

Open Space: Lud Foe

From the real side of Chitown

PREMIERE: Agallah ft. Edo G. “Synthetic Thugs”

This duo aren't pulling their punches
ghostface-killah Features

The 36 Best Ghostface Killah Songs, Ranked

"This is real lizzife, ain’t nothin sweet God"
inspectah deck Features

The 36 Best Inspectah Deck Songs, Ranked

“I’m a modern day Langston Hughes, my slang rules”

Nicki Minaj and 21 Savage Join Farruko on “Krippy Kush” Remix

Latin trap arrives on the mainland