Rarely do you hear an emcee in this day and age that captures the essence of the culture to the fullest. F.Stokes is said emcee, engaging, entertaining and thought provoking all at once. The way he attacks the percussion driven instrumental is so brilliant and off kilter that for a second you would think he’s merely orating the introduction to the song.
‘Lets Build’ is that song that makes you think, makes you wanna break out in some tribal like dance but more than that- it captures an era that is slowly forgotten by most. I won’t waste your time with the words but rather you hit the play button after the jump to fully experience the glory of true hip-hop.
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The new video “Let’s Build” from Chicago artist F.Stokes may have been shot on the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, but Stokes says the track was actually “made in 1985 or ’86 in a welfare office on the Southside of Chicago. This piece is derived from the cold, empty, hopeless emotions I felt when I saw my mother filling out the paper work as me and my sister waited.” Regardless of the moment when it began to come together, the visuals fully feature the legendary Brooklyn neighborhood, which was the setting for Spike Lee‘s classic Do The Right Thing. No stranger to the BK borough-he recently performed at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival-Stokes is fully aware of the link between the brownstones that line the street and the cultural heritage that whirls through the neighborhood: “This video is my personal dedication to the brilliant mind of Spike Lee. The dolly shot, which Spike is known for, is one of the more powerful, yet simple angles in the history of film. As we moved through the streets, the architecture of Bed-Stuy served as my house band, whispering the history Black America note for note as I floated through the streets.”