Socially Relevant, Painfully Real
Emerging as the voice of the streets, hip hop in its original form was an expression of adversity, struggle, and hope in a system where social constructs raised walls of disparity. Later, artists such as KRS-One utilized their styles to poetically influence and inspire those within the community with empowering lyrics, while other artists such as Tupac and Biggie, illustrated the stark reality of their experiences and that of fellow-men and women of color through their content.
Looking ahead, and presently peering into the current trends in hip hop music, one will find that the commercial presence of the genre does not often bring into focus the social, economic, and culturally relevant discussions of decades past. In fact, the morphing and hybridization of hip hop often conforms to stereotypical constructs that do not necessarily tell any story in particular nor express relatable stories from the streets. Listeners often fail to notice the myriad of misogynistic lyrics, and obscure images of material glorification because they are often paired with a catchy beat, a fun, easy-to-repeat hook, and some added shock value from an exclusive feature. The truth is, although as a society we have made great strides in narrowing certain gaps of imbalance, there are still stories from the other side, and it is often the Indie Artist who seizes the opportunity to tell their story.
Based in Canada, Minister G is leading the movement toward delivering empowering and meaningful music to fans. His latest release “Freedomtown” off the album ‘Church fo’ da thugz’ speaks unwritten truth to listeners with authenticity, and astute contextual references. The song has all of the components of an underground hood anthem with mainstream energy. Along the journey of his steady climb, Minister G dropped sick bars over an epic hip hop beat while delivering a progressive cadence and polished hook. As Minster G says in “Freedomtown “reality bites hard”; and it certainly does. It takes an impressive artist who has had first hand experience in lending his personal challenges to a creative work, a work that will be appreciated for eons to come.
Having racked up thousands of digital plays and YouTube views, “Freedomtown” candidly addresses scores of issues plaguing communities, especially those of young black males. Where there is often a lack of positive male role models in music, Minister G’s latest project effectively influences and empowers younger fans, inspiring them to approach life from different perspectives; while still acknowledging from whence they have come. The song also works to educate fans and listeners outside of the bubble who may also find themselves in the weeds when it comes to appreciating the value and experiences of those who may have emerged from more humble beginnings.
Check out Minister G’s latest video for “Freedomtown” on YouTube.
Minister G who faced his own challenges as a young Haitian in Miami is now focused on using his music with a purpose and changing lives. The concept of “Freedomtown” was inspired by the critically acclaimed film “Scarface”. Minister G uses it to connect the lives of those in hoods from coast to coast, especially those of immigrants who are often disenchanted upon arriving to a place where discrimination and social boundaries are ever-present; later feeling the need to adopt society’s contrary labels and ideals. His latest album ‘Church fo’ da thugz’, which was mixed by a Grammy-Award winning team of engineers, is anticipated to spark a new wave of socially conscious music.
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