The Illustrious Blacks
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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The Illustrious Blacks
Once upon a time in a galaxy not far away, there lived two kings. Each was the ruler
of his own deliciously glorious planet. The first king, Manchildblack, was well known
throughout the cosmos for his ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthy musical
messages. The other king, Monstah Black, was a star in the solar system for his
gravity defying performances, gender bending fashions and spacey disposition. One
magical night, an inexplicable ultramagnetic pull forced the two planets to collide. A
technicolored explosion occurred, turning night into day, with a feast of aural and
visual delights. It was then that the universe was changed forever. Manchildblack
and Monstah Black united and became The Illustrious Blacks.
With inspiration from artists like Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Boy George and
George Clinton, The Illustrious Blacks have arrived with a mission to fuse futuristic
funk, hypnotic house and cosmic pop into pulsating positivity for the planet. The real
life married couple are not only co-pilots on their artistic voyage, but are united in
their fantastical journey through life.
In 2017, The Illustrious Blacks released their highly anticipated debut EP,
NeoAfroFuturisticPsychedelicSurrealisticHippy, on Concierge Records. The EP
features the high energy single "Blast Off," the seductive "Red Light," the thought
provoking "Delusions of Grandeur" and the anthemic "Black Like Jesus." In the
same year, the dynamic duo also found time to work with producer Nickodemus on a
remake of the 90s dance floor classic "Funk That!," which spawned a popular music
The acclaimed couple found even more praise for their epic live shows and DJ sets,
which fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the ingredients to expand minds,
shake bootys and save the world one beat at a time. Their infectious DJ set on
Okayplayer’s Facebook live went viral and has put them on the global radar of
emerging musical artists.
The Illustrious Blacks have been featured at packed venues such as Central Park
Summerstage (NYC), Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater (NYC), Output (NYC), Le
Poisson Rouge (NYC), Performance Space New York (NYC), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC),
C’mon Everybody (NYC), Afterglow Festival (Mass) and even found themselves
performing in Bali, Indonesia.
The Illustrious Blacks have been receiving praise from major media outlets including
The New Yorker. Their celebratory music video “Black Like Jesus” was premiered in
Billboard. Also, their single “Revolutionary Love” debuted in Paper Magazine while
its music video was featured on Out.com. They were also featured in a lifestyle
article for the New York Times.
In 2019, The Illustrious Blacks have working steadily on a new full length show that
debut as part of The Sheds inaugural Open Call program at Hudson Yards. With a
hectic touring schedule of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, they are also
recording their debut full length album to be released later in the year.
Individually, Monstah Black and Manchildblack illuminate the galaxy with equal
magnitude. Together, as The Illustrious Blacks, they have combined their powers
and metamorphosed into supernovas, blazing through the Milky Way like a comet,
with their own unique brand of cosmic freak nobility.