Black Coffee is here to demonstrate the spirituality of dance music. Home Brewed, the South African DJ’s breakout album from 2009, demonstrated the vast sense of community that was shared by gospel, house, and his native music. He is currently presenting that musical breadth at full throttle. He sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the past, present, and future of dance music in the most recent episode of The Green Room before to his Lollapalooza performance.

Black Coffee has had a successful year. He won a Grammy this spring for his 2021 album Subconsciously, and at the start of the summer, he played a significant role in Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind. The Canadian superstar enlisted Black Coffee to make standout tracks like Texts Go Green and Currents for his love letter to dance music, going right to the source.

Black Coffee expressed his gratitude to the rest of the world for finally catching up when asked about the current mainstream acceptance of the genre he has been working in for years. Imagine a bigger artist doing what we do without changing a thing, I said in numerous interviews I gave ten, fifteen years ago.

I used to use Superman as an example: Visualize Superman being sung by Drake or Beyoncé. For me, it’s just bizarre what’s occurring. Rap is primarily consumed in America, and intelligent rappers take in everything. They eventually hope to spread out and see how their music affects various audiences.

In the video up top, you can see more of our conversation with Black Coffee.

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