Childish Gambino rarely tweets these days, but if you follow him on Twitter you noticed that he shared a link introducing Black Party’s “Best View” video over the weekend. It got us asking: who is Black Party?
Gambino is elusive when it comes to his co-signs. However, Black Party is a name you should start getting familiar with. GQ actually broke down Gambino’s Royalty collective—which includes Black Party—who are his creative team behind some of his albums and projects, including Atlanta. Gambino is on the roster of management company Wolf & Rothstein (Chad Taylor and Fam Udeorji) along with other musicians and creatives like Kari Faux, Ibra Ake, Steve Glover, and Swank.
Black Party, whose real name is Malik Flint, is from Little Rock, Arkansas and just moved to L.A. (His name is actually stylized as bLAck pARty to pay homage to his home and his current residence.) In an email to Complex, Fam describes Black Party as someone who has been "a fixture in the Little Rock scene for years" and has cultivated "a sound that regionally can’t be identified or categorized."
"With very few releases since his move to Los Angeles, 2015’s “You” was a glimpse for what was to come with an ever expanding skill set and affinity for experimentation. Mango is a culmination of a transitional period from Little Rock to Los Angeles, and further pushes the boundaries of bLAck’s trippy vocal progression and production."
You can also stream Mango, which includes a feature from Kari Faux on "Show Me," below via Soundcloud.