Brooklyn hip-hop artist Tattoo Money (aka Pete Armour) isn’t quite sure he wants you to consider him just a hip-hop artist.
“When I showed up to play hip-hop shows,” he reveals, “they always thought I was an R&B singer. When I show up to play at rock shows – with a guitar on my back, mind you – I always get asked if I’m DJ’ing.”
He actually proudly claims the influence of rock bands the likes of Cold War Kids and Arctic Monkeys – something that you can expect to show up on his debut EP (Untitled), which will be released this August. The entire of the recording was done with one guitar, one synth and one drum machine – which surely speaks to his affinity for musically minimalist composition.
In the lead up, BlackBook premieres here the first single, “Black Girl Magic.” The startling track, both intimate and anthemic, could perhaps best be described as feminist-folk-rap,
“2016 was a tough year, most of all for women,” he insists, “and especially black women. When I saw how the country and the people treated Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, and how the idiots on Twitter treated Leslie Jones from Ghostbusters and SNL, it pissed me off and broke my heart. So I wrote a song about my possible future little black girl, for those two amazing black women and for all of the black girls around the world.”
Tattoo Money is also holding a video submission for his fans to submit a video of them doing anything to show off their “Black Girl Magic.”
B.G.M submission Rules
Submit videos doing anything to show off your Black Girl Magic, while lip-syncing the song. @PeterinParis, or go here.
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