Over a beat that’s abstract and via a flow that reminds me heavily of Lupe on “Dumb it Down,” enigmatic artist Glad Phantom gives listeners a look into what it’s like to be a conscious person in 2022. Thankfully, as a non-Black person, he doesn’t try to tell Black people how to think. Instead, he just lays his observations out there. That is, of course, while also trying to dissect the socioeconomic and sociopolitical foolishness that we’ve all become indoctrinated within. The song poses a lot of hypotheticals about relations between Black people and White people, and also setting up a blunt discussion on how the sleep and the woke can be just two sides of one equally-wrong coin.
It’s a conscious track that doesn’t claim to know all the answers. However, Phantom knows that as a whole, our society is usually told what to think by one side or another. “Black Man on the Moon” asks listeners to think for themselves, even if the thoughts don’t exactly gel with one side or the other. I enjoyed listening to this one because it’s abrasive and honest. Check it out below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.