PGH’s Jordan Montgomery Drops “Driving While Black”
If you’re immersed within Pittsburgh’s art community, you’ve more than likely caught a performance, exhibit or workshop from 1Hood Media…
Since 2010, this local collective of socially conscious activists have been using art forms as means to raise awareness about social injustice.
From blogging, to music production, to media literacy training and curriculum consulting, the group serves as an outlet and platform for artists to tell their own stories however they choose.
Pittsburgh-born-and-raised, Jordan Montgomery, is a 5-year member of the arts and activism collective. Over the past several years, Montgomery has worked within many realms of PGH’s art, media and entertainment sectors, respectively.
Montgomery’s first notable experiment came from collab-ing on his early album with longtime producer-friend Moslov, putting him on the map as a seriously talented, conscious hip hop artist. Since then, he’s honed his craft in writing, recording, fashion design, and more.
The vet member of 1Hood’s longstanding crew just dropped his latest body of work in the form of a full-length album, a story he’d been waiting to tell and took his time with to build its momentum.
Released this past February, “Driving While Black” is Montgomery’s latest–and definitely not his last–work of art, which successfully embodies what it means to be a young black man in modern America. The 8-cut album lays down a solid selection of coming-of-age tracks, both written and recorded by the 21-year-old rapper.
Guest appearances also include an immaculate selection of Pittsburgh producers and lyricists stemming from Montgomery’s network of musically inclined friends and local talent. Soulful production samples and works come from Idasa Tariq, DJ Thermos, Chris Dreamer, and Christo; and several renowned hip hop lyricists take part on D.W.B. tracks, including Jasiri X, L U C, Legion and Idasa Tariq.
On D.W.B., Montgomery’s bold, clever lyrics are paralleled by clean production throughout the body of work, while he intertwines themes like consistencies, revolutionary movements, and both positive and negative life circumstances.
Upon the album’s release, the rapper shared that he felt its contents represent how many young people feel about the modern injustices they’ve witnessed or been affected by in the past and present. Regarding personal, social and political tribulations primarily within the black community, he instills hope in his listeners by giving them a glimpse at positive outcomes–the light at the end of the tunnel.
“I wanted the album to serve as a time capsule … I feel like people can look back on this album five, ten years later and it would still be able to resonate with them. We’ve worked almost two years on this project and I’m proud of what it came to be.”
Be sure to stay tuned with what’s to come from Jordan and the 1Hood crew by heading over to their web and social pages.
In the meantine, you can stream “Driving While Black” in its entirety below: