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Spooky Black Is Going By His Real Name Now

Corbin, a.k.a. Spooky Black, at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in November.

Corbin, a.k.a. Spooky Black, at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in November.

Yesterday afternoon, teen social media was dealt a mind-splitting blow. With the release of new track "Worn," Spooky Black decided to attach his given name, Corbin, to the project.

A flurry of comments followed, and many folks wondered whether their loyalties should be with one moniker or the other. Some even begged him to reconsider, and he gave an immediate reply (see below). 

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YEEEEEEEEEE BAHHAAA indeed. Eventually, the conversation started to embrace the new change. And, the whole point of this conversation in the first place, the new material.

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"Worn" is as unhinged and raw-voiced as we've heard him. The beat, created by the Stand4rd and the Wedidit Collective (Shlohmo and D33J), gradually ramps up in intensity from a downtempo shuffle to a polyrhythmic scorcher with distorted guitar lurking in the fractured ambience. It's a little uncomfortable, honestly.

Spooky Black's collaboration with the Stand4rd -- Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, and Psymun -- was one of the year's best local rap albums, and their performances in the Twin Cities have been powerful.

Judging by the dangling cliffhanger language in a recent press release, this is NOT over: "The change of name has come on the heels of his sold out tour with thestand4rd, and the only question that remains is, has he said goodbye to Spooky Black for good?"

Regardless of what we're calling Spooky in 2015, we'll be listening.

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