Jaboukie Young-White Drops Queer Anthem “Goner” and Announces Debut Album

The New York-based actor, writer, and musician calls the new single a "queer summer anthem."

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New York-based actor, writer, and musician Jaboukie Young-White has announced his debut album, All Who Can’t Hear Must Feel, slated to drop on July 21 via Interscope Records. The announcement comes alongside the release of “Goner,” the third single from the album following the electro-rap “BBC” and the industrial punk-rap “Rockwhyler.” “Goner” boasts a similarly gritty, off-kilter style.

Young-White, best known for voicing Disney’s first openly gay character in last year’s Strange World, tells Slant that the concept of “Goner” as “a queer summer anthem” is “kind of tongue-in-cheek.” He believes the song could resonate with young people today because being burnt out and horny is a perennial issue. “There’s duality in realizing you’re fucked. On one hand, you’re fucked, but on the other, you really have nothing to lose,” he says.

Young-White, whose parents are Jamaican immigrants, recorded All Who Can’t Hear Must Feel in 2020 and 2021, following his first visit to Jamaica since childhood. He says the album title is “an adage that kids get told before they get their ass beat,” adding that his return to Jamaica offered him a context and understanding of his roots that he hadn’t experienced before.


Listen to “Goner” below:

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Jackson Rickun

Jackson Rickun is a Los Angeles-based music critic, screenwriter, and copywriter. Jackson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Journalism and Communication Arts. He's sad, gay, and Jewish (in that order), which he brings to his work covering identity in music and its intersections with genre and culture.

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