"hey ! Can't the past ever go away ? Perhaps it doesn't have to stay Perhaps there is a better way Than to its tempting lure fall prey Indeed life is quite a journey Hardships, burdens, and come what may Why carry those of yesterday ?…"
Rap in its current state is a bustling art-form, with many fledging artists clawing for the audience’s ears and eyes. The South African-born, Northern California resident Eyezon lives up to his name, with music that commands attention.
“I think a lot of times, being ‘underground’ is just an excuse for wackness. Nas, Jay-Z were underground at one point,” believes Eyezon, who cites Tupac Shakur as his greatest influence, but not the source for his stage-name. “That underground was different, and that’s the one we want to be considered in.” The artist, who was given his name by Vision Walker in of Bob Marley’s famed band while playing a 420 show at the legendary black box in Oakland, Ca. is releasing his debut full length A People Like Us this July – and it’s of that timeless underground paradigm.
Like Foreign Exchange’s acclaimed Connected, the album, which was produced entirely by Charlotte, North Carolina-based produced Sean Lane, was initiated through online communities OkayPlayer.com and Soundclick.com. From a chance meeting, the bi-coastal duo shared a love of music, and decided to digitally craft an album through file-sharing.
The time-staking process shows the fruits of its effort. A People Like Us is as musically soulful as it is lyrically thoughtful. A poet first, Eyezon uses contemporary images to carry age-old struggle in his rhymes. Take for instance “Beauty of Things.” Of the storytelling effort, its writer shares, “One of my cousins went to a private Christian school, very white. I think her striving to be like the skinny white girls, her eating disorders developed from that, and a lot of people don’t really like their black heritage. It was me watching her.” Songs like this drive the album. To Eyezon, this is part of his own heritage. “My mother was exiled from South Africa when I was a little child. I didn’t get to meet my mother till years on. I think that forever lives in my music. That struggle I draw from.” Hailing from a culture that so far as banned rap music for its political connection to the nation’s oppressed, this MC chooses his words wisely, and delivers them with a sense of urgency and conviction.
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