The Black Opera is Rap’s first Performing Arts group.
The group is comprised of well known artists who have chosen to hide their identities for the sake of making the following statement: Art is all that matters. The Black Opera’s creative collective has roots from Nigeria, Uganda, Madagascar, France and the United States. Thriving on anonymity for their selfless cause, they lose themselves in a different character’s costume per song during their live presentations. They are a hard act to follow. Yes, they really alter their look for every song they preform. This magical showmanship and visual ingenuity has attracted the eyes of everybody from the spiritual scientist Deepak Chopra to one of Hip-Hop’s favorite crews the Hieroglyphics, to Snoop Dogg who selected their video “Villains” as #1 on his video countdown show “Underground Heat”. Legendary MC Tajai Massey from Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics says: “If you haven’t heard or seen TBO perform, you need to slap yourself. Literally my favorite group in hip-hop right now.” Recently Deepak Chopra proclaimed The Black Opera as one of his top 3 Rap artists on The Queen Latifah Show as Latifah cued the TBO song “The Black Opera” to play. The Black Opera’s track “Monsters and Robots” was featured in USA Today and also became the theme and title for a retro arcade-style video game. The Black Opera has achieved a lot of milestones in a short time of existence and this is just the beginning.
This year The Black Opera embarks on a new era with the release of their fourth album titled “The Great Year”. Though the identities remain hidden, this symbolizes an unmasking of sorts for The Black Opera. Allowing listeners a closer peek into their world while simultaneously pushing their own boundaries to a broader scale of global proportions. “The Great Year” features brilliant appearances by their creative affiliates Waajeed, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 14KT, Tall Black Guy and more. For years, The Black Opera has sent warnings and many have assumed their operations were limited to underground societies and secret networks. Little did they know, The Black Opera has been among us all along. Like “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe, the best way to hide something is to keep it in plain sight.
Welcome to The Black Opera.