Yes, we know the soul and funk world of the glory days, big labels, radioshows and bands amid a social context of segregation. A context that starts becoming less important when this music genre enters the mainstream in the late 70’s eventually fading away with a fast progression in the 80’s until its complete disappearance in the 90’s and beyond. This time though with this release we dive a little deep in the hoods because the social context of today ain’t no greatly different and it has its very own music deeply rooted in the sounds of the early days although more immediate and dense of beats and urban feel. We are in Chicago, a place where every two hours someone is shot, and every 14 hours someone is murdered. It isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan, but one of the biggest and most sophisticated cities in the world. On the city’s west side and south side, which are considered the heart of Black America, gang rivalry is tearing its people apart. It has become so brutal that both police and the perpetrators agree this urban warfare is out of control. I have started this release process after Yann sent me an heads upon this song and it took me most part of last year to build some mutual trust with Lay Lemons aka Biggz from North Lawndale, main area in west side of the city and one of the most dangerous places in the world. When I contacted him first, Lay was having hard times (and still does) as his daughter Raven was caught innocent in crossfire in a gang shooting. After the following investigation FBI (yes, big gangs are federal business) arrested some members of The Four Corners Hustlers, still Lay suddenly lost his daughter overnight in the summer of 2017. He simply couldn’t concentrate on music, and the silly requests of a mad italian with his crooked english were probably sounding to him like aliens speaking from the outer space. I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Lay’s cousin, a sound engineer and recording studio owner living today in Detroit, so accept my gratitude Mr. Tony Amos. Lay Lemons has never been involved with gangs nor Raven was anywhere near that kind of business. They are people of music, family and religion trying to survive in a tough place. This song, its vibe, the beats, the voice are coming straight out of their hood, written around a fire bin on the side of the street and put together with 3 instruments. It has no chorus, it’s an all lenght verse, its a kind of prayer to the uknown in the hope of salvation through everyday strenght. Lay Lemons I salute you.
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