Hip Hop Freedom Fighter-Roc, Maimouna, Youssef & Dead Prez, feat. on New Song – Stream Here
On March 1, DJ/Producer J.PERIOD is proud to present the next chapter in the
historic saga of “Ohio”: “SOLDIERS,” the epic new single from Hip Hop’s pre-eminent freedom fighters Dead Prez and rising stars Sa-Roc & Maimouna Youssef. Sampling elements of The Isley Brothers’ “Ohio” over a hard-hitting track produced by J.PERIOD, “SOLDIERS” reframes the narrative again for a new generation—the generation of Ferguson, Flint, Oakland, New Orleans, Sanford, and Charlottesville.
“SOLDIERS” is the first release from the forthcoming, The RISE UP Project, executive produced by J.PERIOD, Young Guru, DJ Khalil and DJ Jazzy Jeff, featuring artists and activists including: Black Thought (The Roots), Jesse Williams, Aloe Blacc, Andra Day, Joss Stone, Posdnous (De La Soul), Pharoahe Monch, and Rhymefest. The RISE UP Project is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and features cover art from award-winning artist Ernesto Yerena.
Artist Quotes for “SOLDIERS”:
“Hip Hop is a powerful art form. It bridges gaps across time and space, culture and color. Sampling “Ohio” for “SOLDIERS” brought the spirit of the original into the present. We need anthems right now, to give us resilience to face what’s out in the world. SOLDIERS builds on three generations of protest music—Neil Young, The Isley Brothers, and dead prez—to create a new anthem for a new Movement. Only Hip Hop can bring so many forces together in that way.”
Stic (Dead Prez)
Soon as I heard how J had reimagined and freaked that classic Isley Brother’s “Ohio” sample it just invoked that soldier spirit in me, I felt the calisthenic cadence of the drums and I wrote my verse inspired by the urgency of what it means to be on the frontlines for what you believe living and fighting with purpose. It’s a battle song for all the long overdue uprisings going on in today’s world.
“‘Soldiers’ is so timely; especially at a moment in history where there’s an attempt to extinguish radical thought, protest, and critical dialogue. It’s a melodic yet rousing call to activism, a salute to warriors long gone and those that have yet to come.”
M-1 (Dead Prez)
“Kent State, late sixties…ruled but hate, this ain’t no Malcolm vs. Martin debate, who can relate…??” I wrote Soldiers thinking about the pain of the past and how to prevent it from being felt by future generations. It’s time to turn tragedy into triumph…that’s what this sounds like.”
“SOLDIERS” is available Friday, March 1 on all music platforms:
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