Hip-Hop meets Bossa Nova, poetry meets bilingual reflections. “Timeless” captures the essence of SOULAJU’s fusion. Aju is a lover of languages, cultures, and foreign lands. I’ve always been that old soul Hip-Hop head that can’t get enough of the rhymes. We both stay hungry for fresh ideas and new challenges. DJ Icewater continually fed that hunger in 08 and 09 with his creative energy.
This was one of the last beats DJ Icewater sent us for the SOULAJU album. Aju was working at a Brazilian Jazz bar in New York City at the time and thinking about how to make a trip to Brazil a reality.
I wrote rap verses and laid those down first. After sitting on this track for a few months, it was clear that the rap wasn’t working. Rap flows didn’t match the vibe of the beat nor the “Timeless” theme. It doesn’t matter if the words are on point, that’s only part of the equation.
I put my mind to work on the issue of time… In your late 20s you begin to understand the relationship between time and life cycles. For the first time in your young life, you understand with more than your mind that someday “this life” will end. Time becomes less of a question and at the same time much more of a riddle that can never be answered, only appreciated.
Aju’s chorus (In Portuguese):
Muitos dias vão nascer
Muitas noites vão acontecer
Incontáveis memórias, se criarão se criarão
E uma canção será cantada por toda eternidade
Uma canção sobre você
Uma canção com som de verdade
Many days will rise and many nights befall
Countless memories will be created
And a song will be sung throughout eternity
A song about you
A song that rings true
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Escola de Dança da Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia (FUNCEB), Salvador, Brazil