Max B has released “Black and I’m Proud,” his third single in as many months.
On the track, which interpolates James Brown’s 1968 empowerment anthem “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud,” the New York rapper flows over a menacing beat produced by Paul Couture. “Mama telling me, ‘Baby, what you preaching is wrong’ / ‘They in love with your music, you should be teaching them songs’ / Should be reading your Bible, getting streams on the Tidal / Not on the roof of Drew Hamilton squeezing off the rifle,” he raps.
“It’s about me really evolving as a person, evolving as an artist,” Max B told Rolling Stone of his new single. “My music five or six years ago—even before when I used to make music—it was good, but it lacked the experience I have today. The concept fell into my lap: I’m gonna transform from the old Max B into a powerful new artist with a display of content that they aren’t used to. I’m trying to give the people some substance.”
Listen to “Black and I’m Proud” below: