ASSATA TROI is an album about owning our past pain and turning it into power. It is about family and love, addiction and triumph. A sonic exploration of Hip Hop, Rock, Blues, and R&B, with incredible lyricism coupled with complex instrumentation. This is a timelessly iconic album for today’s America.
In the words of Shirelle, the album tells "the painful, yet beautiful journey from ignorance to enlightenment and the trauma you encounter trying to reach that destination. It exposes intimacies of relationships through sound. Relationships with lovers, friends, society, God and ultimately one’s self.”
ASSATA TROI translated is, “she who struggles is a warrior.”
released June 19, 2020
THE FIRST LP FROM DJC RECORDS.
All songs written by BL Shirelle
Beats by Trvp Lvne except for:
J33 (Jayy V Vondon) & Phantom Cookie (Zaa Beatz)
Executive Producer: BL Shirelle
Recorded and produced December 2019 – March 2020
Mixed by dr. Israel @ revolutionsound (Brooklyn NY)
Vocals recorded by Castro @ Homeroom Studios (Philly PA)
Except for: Damo Diore recorded @ NuWavStudios by Skywalkabeatz (Pittsburgh PA) & Fury Young vocals @ Disguise Tha Limit (Loisaida NYC).
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studios (NYC NY)
Art Direction & Cover: Fury Young
Cover photo by Britni West
gHSTS & gUITARS plays guitar on Conspiracy, Ex Bitch, Generational Curse as well as toy piano on Phantom Cookie @ GVO Sounds (Amsterdam, NL).
John Heinrich plays alto saxophone on Til I Go @ SongWriterDemo (Nashville, TN)
This album blew up in 2020, and I was a little late to it, but I've been incredibly impressed by its staying power. A wonderful example of a record becoming a sensation that also holds up as a wonderful artistic statement. Bridgers just impresses more and more. Bryce Cannatelli