TiG introduced himself by saying it was probably the first time I’d ever heard of him. The West Philadelphia artist’s humble but blunt nature made me want to check out what he had to offer. The song in question, “Prada Me,” features KIU and gives off that gritty Philly vibe. Discussing the desire to make more of themselves than stats to newscasters, the duo spits about the need to make their family and friends proud of them. They made it out of impoverished situations while not forgetting what made them. While they discuss how there’re limited options for role models in the hood, they become role models themselves. That’s definitely some change that you’d want to see. The fact that TiG and KIU opted for the name “Prada Me” also speaks volume to the wealth of knowledge they’ve seemingly amassed over their journey.
The semi-cubist artwork accompanying the song, for me, speaks to the desire people have to leave their origins and make a change. It also speaks to the idea that, while we’re different, we are all products of our environment. Even if our environment isn’t ideal, we learn from it and grow because of it. We, ultimately, make our loved ones proud of us because of the (positive) choices we make. So check out the song below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.