Masked and unseen, The Black Opera have created an identity in hip hop using anonymity to standout in a world of hyper-exposure. While most struggle to shine, TBO calmly dress in all black and treat their verses like sermons.
Step into The Black Opera’s “Black Lair.” This high-energy track takes us to a place “blacker than Mutombo,” illuminated only by the musical light of French producer Astronote. A dusty piano begins to pound as a subterranean bass line travels through. Melody Betts lends her haunting but angelic voice to add to the ethereal vibe of the track. Our other-worldly Creators complement the frenetic pace of the song, warning listeners that “perception is king, you never know who’s the diablo.”
TBO exists as neither accomplice or judge, they see the current landscape of music and like a “house of mirrors…reflect the current imagery.” Elevate and hear The Black Opera’s deeper gospel.
The Black Opera says:
“If perception is king, what is deception? We all know looks can be deceiving, so can space and time if there is no beginning or ending. The Black Opera speaks to this fact and challenges the listener with “Black Lair”. When people talk history, many stories can combine and collide over time to make up what is determined to be “true”. Some stories travel thousands of miles and hundreds of years before they reach the ear. Once they do, it’s up to that audience to decide what’s real to them. “Black Lair” is an homage to how powerful, and in some cases how weak the mind can be. It’s up to you to determine which side of history you fall on.“