Viva La Revolucion - Album
The album title was given its name to reflect the tempestuous nature of the millennial century. From the album title and its brief inclusion, the main themes explored within VLR were passion, power struggles and cyclical emotions. The album portrays a unique perspective of X, sounding completely different from his “hype” contemporaries by utilizing a soulful conscious approach.
The album commences with ‘Grief’ a meta contextual Hip Hop Jazz quartet trio. The perspective of this song reflects the impoverish environment Ollie X feels imprisoned within. Sonically, the quintessential song befits the opening song of the album as it explores race, violence and classicism within society
The Descent of Adam
“The Descent of Adam” explores the plummet of mortal man. The song navigates justice as a false premise for self-interest and circular reasoning with engrossing duality. The chorus are a soulful request to an omnipotent character.
I’m hoping my shoulders can weather these droughts & weather these doubts, while I’m fighting these bouts. And my heads in the clouds, & I know the demons on the prowl, making sure I’ll be down and be out. But I’m tryna disfigure these sounds but my thoughts spinning round & my insecurities starting to browse…
In the Descent of Adam...
The protagonist was ready to commit distasteful acts for the right reasons during his low moments. On his lonesome journey, he comes to the realization that cannot do it on his own. His emotions cycles back to insecurity and reverts to the omnipotence character for reconciliation.
Akin to Curtis Mayfield ‘There’s no place like America today’, Scream for Peace explores secular issues in society such as systematic racism and police brutality. The protagonist illustrates his restlessness and frustration in a slow jazz infused song, by negotiating peace as a weapon of redemptive power against the industry.
I was rapping just to better kids, rapping just to build a bridge, rapping for a couple now the couples have a couple kids, what the fuck is this? This track needs to be reviewed in context of the album as they serve as problematic injustices evident around the world. The metathetic wordplay on the word Peace “But right now I Scream for Peace, I Scream for Peace while you treat me like a piece of meat, it must appease, how I scream for peace, still never peace, I say this in pieces before the rest in peace’s.
Cynicism and raspy undertone...
accentuated his innermost turmoil in Scream for Peace, by giving listeners a glimpse of the uncomfortable reality he feels encaged within. The production of the song is rich, with smooth intervening soulful textures and vocal layering from the vocalist Tyra. The opening verse encapsulate the contradiction of Ollie X well-wishing vs his current reality. This homophonic bon mot coupled against cascading trumpet evoke an eerie sensation making scream for peace a primary synecdoche for VLR contextual message.
Scream 4 PEACE
They Can't Stop Me.
Inspired by the prominent boxing movie, Rocky. Ollie X decide to embody the resilience of Rocky Balbao to rebuff helpless during times of struggle “It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do! ”
Who gon stop me and Jesse Run It // Aint nobody can stop me when I’m changing, ain’t nobody can stop me with my dark skin, ain’t nobody can stop me never sorry.
A post apocalyptic song...
that manages to capture the stylistic element of our era without sacrificing tangible content in the process. During the occurrence of a major revolution, the narrator is aware dishevel and turmoil will occur. Naturally, de-individuation occurs during rioting and looting but the narrator is remaining personally accountable for the disorder in this scenario.