FREE DOWNLOAD OF “IN SIGHT” by SOULAJU w/ DJ Icewater.
Icewater sent the beat track in February of 2009. Aju was living in Bedstuy, Brooklyn NY. I was living on the northside in Denver at the time, traveling back and forth between Denver, New York City, and Oakland to work on the Shine Flow EP and SOULAJU album projects.
This song wrote itself the moment I heard the beat. I saw all the places that I was moving between, all the faces of the artists and activistas I was chopping it up with coast to coast. I saw a massive celebration in my head, shades of all colors marching in the streets with their friends and families, smiling, chanting, drums beating, people feelin’ good, building a healthier and more peaceful world against all odds.
Generations Y and Z haven’t been given much to believe in. Perpetual War, 30 solid years of Reaganomics carried out through the presidencies of Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and now Obama, disintegrating social systems, pollution and environmental destruction, political abandonment of the many so a few can live like kings.
Yet a more promising tomorrow remains in sight, thanks largely to young people who are organizing, writing, dancing, creating, and providing insight into problems they did not create… but are willing to take on.
Though there are common threads, this is not the 60s and those times are not coming back, but there is a new sound, a new movement, a fresh energy, style and vibe that carries the spirit of [r]evolution forward.
…Soleil got that fusion surging through my veins / I’m callin’ all the young balla playas to the sermon / PLEASE let me tell ya’ll what I see / we The Dream they never intended us to be / we the spark, the bling, the shine on they screen / even splash a little color on they white house scene / ain’t a thing cuz it’s still the same problems / but we da solution, constant evolution / only one conclusion: time to show and prove, sun / now we got momentum, do it how we do…
- Molina Soleil, Twitter @MOLINAspeaks
A.M. Soleil, Retrospectively is a 52-week blog series in 2010, focusing on 5 years of independent music by your man Molina.