Invincible (who now also goes by their name ill Weaver), co-hosted our I Do Mind Dying event last Summer and (reluctantly) performed their song “No Fear”. Since February of 2014 they no longer perform solo, so this collaboration with the Renaissance High School drumline and the Live Action Mixtape band (headed by music director/drummer Gayelynn Mckinney) was a rare Invincible performance, as ill currently performs exclusively with the Complex Movements collective.
This video of Miz Korona is produced by Emergence Media, filmed and edited by Tim Jagielo.
Emergence presented the "I Do Mind Dying" Live Action Mixtape on July 19, 2014 at Detroit's New Center Park. The event was hosted by and featured performances from Invincible, Miz Korona, and Tunde Olaniran.
The song “No Fear” was originally written in collaboration with Waajeed and the Catalanian hip-hop group At Versaris. A year later Invincible expanded the song to include a verse about gender-non-conformity and trans identity:
“No Fear / Of gender binaries / when the line’s blurry / they look at me / and they can’t define clearly”
The epic contribution of the Renaissance High School drumline heightens the fearlessness this song conjures. It also relates to this Nina Simone quote from the recently released documentary about her life: “I’ll tell you what freedom means to me: No fear.”
Gayelynn McKinney (drums)
Ibrahim Jones (bass)
Tony Gordon (keys)
C Sharpe and Detroit Urban Stringz (string section)
DJ Los (turntables)
“Emergence Media and Dirt Tech Reck presents…Alright!”
Thursday July 30th 6-9pm at New Center Park in Detroit
Free. All ages. Wheelchair accessible.