I’m a bit late on this one, and I apologize for that. However, Baltimore producer CalvoMusic did the damn thing on this new classic. Taking a viral clip from a young man named Charles about curfews in the age of racial tension and coronavirus, “We From Baltimore” is something I’d rock off if the clubs and bars were open at full capacity.
Hell, I’m up here right now in a Persona 5 tee trying to Spongebob like the old days. I’m failing miserably (it’s been like 10 years since I rocked off heavily) and my kids are looking at me like “what is dad on right now?” However, the fact that this takes me back to my younger days of being a Baltimorean in College Park, it’s something special. This song, and its accompanying video–released last week–highlight exactly what it means to be from Baltimore.
From the recognizable accent to the rebellion against social norms to the recall of the classic “Down The Hill,” it’s beautiful music. It a cut that, as Lawrence Burney pointed out in The Fader about this track and other recent cuts, helps shed the darkness we’re feeling in these times by bringing a bit of light to our lives (and poking fun at the ridiculousness we see on the daily). As cliched as it sounds on August 6th, we’re living in unprecedented times. What we’re like after COVID-19 is curtailed and after social injustices begin to be corrected won’t be like we were before 2020. In some ways, it’ll be better. In others, it could be worse. I’m not a prognosticator, but what I do know is this: quarantine brings creativity.