my documentary on Baltimore club music in the wake of Freddie Gray shooting (VICE)
Baltimore club is the city's native genre of party music. It lives on the streets, in nightclubs, and everywhere locals converge to dance. You'll hear Baltimore club's chopped-up vocals, classic "Think" break, and knocking kick drums pulsing through some of the city's most depressed neighborhoods, including Sandtown, where Freddie Gray was arrested before his death in police custody.
In Hands Up! How Baltimore Weathers The Storm, we linked up with key musicians like Blaqstarr, Abdu Ali, TT the Artist, and Schwarz to talk about the messages behind their music. As TT the Artist put it: "Baltimore club music is so much bigger than just the sound. It's so heavily rooted in the soundscape of the city. It's about the violence, it's about the drugs, but it's also about getting through, creating hope, and coping with pain."