Theo Croker: BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST + Exclusive Interview
THEO CROKER has continued to push the boundaries as an artist, the Oberlin-trained trumpeter evolving into a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer in his own right as well as a sought-after collaborator to his contemporaries both within the jazz world and out.
Having notched his first-ever GRAMMY nom for 2019’s STAR PEOPLE NATION album, Theo in 2021 has now released BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST. Produced in its entirety by Croker, the album is yet another step up for the multihyphenate both sonically and in terms of collaborators, with features from Wyclef Jean, Ari Lennox, Iman Omari, Kassa Overall, Charlotte Dos Santos and more.
A contemporary oratorio, the album’s 13 tracks are inspired by the forgotten hero’s journey towards self-actualization within the universal origins of blackness. It’s a sonic celebration of Afro-origin, and ultimately a reclamation of the culture, for the culture. Written in the solitude of his childhood home in Leesburg, Florida during the pandemic much of the album was informed by psilocybin meditations and astral travels. By retreating inward, Theo extracted a universal story with major implications and spiritual resonances.
BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST (2021)
STAR PEOPLE NATION (2019)
EGO ELLA MAY – HONEY FOR WOUNDS (2020)
ARI LENNOX – SHEA BUTTER BABY (2019)
CHINA MOSES – NIGHTINTALES (2017)
J COLE – 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY (2016)
COMMON – BLACK AMERICA AGAIN (2016)
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FUSICOLOGY