What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
The Temptations’ In a Mellow Mood album opened my musical sensibilities, especially songs like “A Taste of Honey,” “Young Lovers,” and “Ole Man River.” Imma pop that album on right now and learn.
Most folks know Darryl Jenifer as bassist for Bad Brains, the legendary punk band out of D.C. He’s also a member of The White Mandingos, an intriguing group that also includes Sacha Jenkins and the alt-rapper Murs (real name Tyrone White, hence the White Mandingos band name). When asked what each member brings to the group, Jenifer says that “Sach brings the salt, Murs brings the pepper, and I bring the Bad Brains FVK (“Fearless Vampire Killers”) Extreme/Fire Burn Babylon Hot Sauce. Together, we create a spectacular platter.” The Mandingos’ debut record, The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (streaming at Okayplayer), doesn’t fit with contemporary hip-hop, as Jenifer cheekily acknowledges. “This record fits neatly on your turntable, and the cd slides effortlessly in to your disk player or computer,” he says. “The varied sounds and styles will shower you with joy and excitement. Hip-hop is some scary shit, but we ain't scared.” The D.C. native also shows some love for Baltimore, especially “the Marble Bar, crabs, football, and marble steps in the ‘hood.” I’ll keep you posted on a Baltimore show, but, for now, you’ll have to motor down I-95 to see the Mandingos, who’ll play what figures to be a dynamic show at D.C.’s U Street Music Hall this Saturday night.