I don’t often talk about my musical tastes so blatantly on this blog, but I was inspired to write this post by one of my regular commentors, Sapphire Yagami (HI!) who asserted that there weren’t many Black people involved in Metal music or listened to it. I disagreed, saying that most of us probably just don’t tell anyone for fear of being ridiculed by other Black people.
But she did have a point. There’s a contentious relationship between the African American community and Heavy Metal music. I know I got my share of ridicule and side- eye when I told other Black people I enjoyed Motorhead. Once when I was in the library looking over the Rock section, a young Black man asked me what I was listening to. When I told him I was listening to Anthrax’s Among the Living, I got such a look of contempt from him, that I’ve never forgotten it.
Sapphire asserts that Black people tend to view Metal as evil or Satanic. This is probably thanks to media stereotypes about the musical style.There are all kinds of Metal just like there’s all kinds of Rap and you’d think Black people would be able to sympathize with another demonized musical style. But this is a good question, that’s been asked before: Why aren’t there any Black people in Heavy Metal music?
Nevertheless, there are and have been more than a few:http://www.yellmagazine.com/black-history-month-in-heavy-metal-hard-rock/29121/
Artists of today:
Marilyn Manson – The New Shit
Motorhead – Ace of Spades; Killed by Death; Rock N Roll
Skunk Anansie – Selling Jesus
I first heard this song on the soundtrack to the movie Strange Days.This was the first time I’d ever seen a Black woman performing Metal. I hated the movie because it was so badly written, but it did star Angela Basset, as a bad-ass, limousine chauffeur, who kicks ass, rescues the White male protagonist (Ralph Fiennes), lives to the end of the movie, and gets the guy too.(This soundtrack also introduced me to Deep Forest.)
Anthrax – Among the Living
This song was inspired by The Walking Dude from The Stand. Once you make that connection, you can’t unmake it, I’ve found.
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
Prince didn’t just sing love songs and R&B. A lot of Black folks first real introduction to Hard Rock was through Prince. I love just about anything by this artist.
Ice – T