Commercialism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, when you sell your soul–or your aims–to gain a bit of virality? Yeah, that’s where I say “screw that.” Artist Oliver seemingly agrees with me on his latest track, a jazzy-boomtrap (boombap meets trap; just made it up) tune called “Marley.” The song speaks on how many leaders today are just after a check and not actually about enacting change.
We’ve seen this time and time again from some modern activists to celebrities jumping onto a cause to absorb some of the buzz to The Simpsons and other shows only just employing Black voice actors to perform Black voices in light of the George Floyd protests. If you’re going to talk about it, be about it like a Marley or Mandela and less like a social media activist. No, that’s no shade (social media is an important tool), but don’t leverage a movement for your own gains or your own follower counts. That sh*t just ain’t cool. Anyway, check out “Marley” below, vibe out with its melancholy beat and thought-provoking lyrics and support dope music in all its forms.
I’m definitely intrigued as to where this East Coast rhymesmith will go from here. I’d like to think he’ll continue to use his voice to enact change in his own way.