When Darryl Jenifer of punk/hardcore group Bad Brains teamed with Ego Trip cofounder Sacha Jenkins SHR and LA-based rapper Murs, what happened was a self-aware and genre-bending project that delivers guitar solos and spaced out beats in equal measure. Entitled The White Mandingos the eclectic group premiered the first single “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me” on Rolling Stone today.
Jenkins explains the impetus for the track by emphasizing that the bi-coastal perspective of the band mates helped expand their notion of the ghetto and its influence.
“This band came together the way Henry Rollins-era Black Flag came together,” Jenkins told Rolling Stone.”Only Murs is from the West Coast and me and Darryl are from the East Coast. Being that we all hail from different parts of the country, we’re definitely in a great position to talk how the ghetto might be trying to kill us.”
The band’s first record, also called The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me, is due out on June 11th on Fat Beats. Stream the single exclusively at Rolling Stone.