One can talk about Navy Blue, to begin with, presenting facts that support the “original” classification with which it is so often described: the artist who currently lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, is on the verge of turning 25, is a football fan (Arsenal fan!), was a professional skater with links to the Fucking Awesome brand/store (and that’s fucking awesome, of course), a model chosen to represent brands like Supreme and, for example, is a childhood friend of Earl Sweatshirt, artist with whom he has collaborated in different instances – as a rapper, producer or designer. Navy Blue, you see, is many things. And in all of them it manages to be (there it is…) deeply original.
This year alone, Navy Blue entered its name in long-term projects alongside ANKHLEJOHN (As Above, So Below) and Akai Solo (True Sky) in addition to having launched on Navy’s Reprise digital platforms without any help, taking on all sides. of the project. And this happened to two long records (Àdá Irin and Song of Sage: Post Panic!) in 2020. If that’s how it is in pandemic times, imagine with the open world!
Sage Elesser of his real name is in fact a sage (translation of Sage…) born to leave a mark on hip hop. Not on purpose, has Ka, the elusive and mystical rapper who makes a living as a captain in a New York fire station, as a major reference, a hero he met in Brooklyn through Earl Sweatshirt.
Educated in Los Angeles, Elesser is the son of an African-American singer and a Chilean drummer/percussionist. It was his father who offered him his first sampler and the rest, you could say, is the story that has been written in golden letters in recent years, translating into a series of works that are modern cult classics.
Endowed with a singular capacity for introspection, Navy Blue creates music based on the African-American musical identity (soul and jazz seem to run abundantly in his veins and in the circuits of his sampler) that he adorns with a calm delivery, crossing deep words with ideas about himself, the abysses of the ego, life and the eternal questions to which the sages have always been devoted. And it is this aura that explains why he is being asked to produce and collaborate with people like Mach Hommy, Tha God Fahim, Moor Mother and Billy Brooks, Armand Hammer or the aforementioned Ka and Earl Sweatshirt: a list of true enlightened people who have guaranteed that the most genuine flame of this art of arranging ideas in the form of cadenced words on top of beats loaded with drama and landscapes does not go out.
To listen to Navy Blue is to see these interior films, to hear stories that are acute allegories of the life we all come across. And everything becomes even more poignant on stage, when there are no other devices that support this ability to touch the other other than a magnetic presence and solid artistic quality. RMA