Photo credit: Mathieu Bitton
RECORDING COMES FROM CHAPPELLE’S
2020 VIRAL VIDEO RUMINATING ON THE
MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD
B-SIDE FEATURES POET AMIR SULAIMAN
PROCEEDS BENEFIT DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
The video was YouTube’s top trending video of 2020 with over 30 million views on the official post and 7.5 million views on Chappelle’s Instagram (@davechappelle). The limited-edition colored vinyl — pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit in a run of 846 numbered copies — is emblazoned in red, black and green, and available now, first come, first served, at Third Man Records stores in Nashville, Detroit and online at ThirdManStore.com. A standard black vinyl pressing is also available for pre-order, delivering on October 29, 2021.
Every aspect of this project, from the performance, the directing, the sound mix and mastering, the design and photography, was completed by artists who graciously donated their time and efforts. Proceeds from the vinyl sales will be donated to Chappelle’s high school alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
“When I was a student at Duke Ellington, the teachers instilled in me the notion of activism through art,” said Chappelle. “We need more soldiers for great causes on the stage.”
The video and subsequent album are a searing rumination in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd that ignited worldwide outrage and led to protests on race inequality, police brutality and the criminal justice system. Filmed in Ohio on June 6, during the COVID-19 lockdown, 8:46 addresses one deadly plague, while in the grips of another.
The B-side of the album features poet Amir Sulaiman’s performance of “My Insides Out” and “We Must Win,” also recorded in Ohio. It also includes “White Noise,” 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in remembrance of George Floyd and the countless victims of police brutality and systemic racism.
The album cover and artwork features performance, backstage photos from Chappelle’s concert as well as images from various George Floyd protests in Los Angeles, CA, all taken by Grammy-nominated artist and photographer Mathieu Bitton.
Photography made available courtesy of Pilot Boy Productions, Inc.