Don't call it conscious music- a label given to rappers whose music stray from issues of materialism. That label would be playing it safe.
The debut album Lifecycles from Ptah Ra Tehuti is a paradigm shift experience designed to inspire change for the listener.
“They try to keep your soul locked down and your dreams deferred/I set my niggas free with love, all through these words,” he rhymes on “Up Against The Wall.” His mission is clear
"Scared of a Black Man" describes the view of a young black man's point of view living in America. The video features a rapid fire of images of influential black figures interspliced with those of a present generation recovering from the by product of a previous generation.
"Cold World " is the album's strongest shot at airplay. Over a sample of The Eagle’s popular hit One of These Nights, he demands an answer to issues of racism, skewed incarceration rates for black men, crooked police and a nation still involved in numerous wars.
The album wraps with "Say a Prayer for the kids", a fitting track aimed to inspire a needed change in the life cycle for future generations.
So no don't call it conscious music. One listen to Ptah Ra Tehuti and you're sure to experience a paradigm shift.
- Michael Ward is a digital contributor for UPTOWN Magazine and runs a personal blog Throwback Junkie to spread his obsession of music, fashion and nostalgia.
1. Lifecycles is a declaration for change of present day facing the future generations.
2. The debut album Lifecycles from Ptah Ra Tehuti is a paradigm shift experience designed to inspire change.
3. Ptah Ra Tehuti's lyrics are rooted in an advocacy of change on his debut album Lifecycles.
released April 22, 2014
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