Grammy winner and Hip Hop icon SPEECH reacts to the Capitol Insurrection in his new single “A Different World.” The single follows Expansion Pt. 1, Speech’s first solo EP in 14 years, and will appear on his upcoming full-length album Expansion.
“This song had to be made to become proactive in shaping our collective future, because the rebellion that happened on January 6, 2021 in Washington D.C. was the curtain being pulled back on race, lies and darkness in America,” Speech explains. “It’s obvious that about half of America is living in a fictitious bubble and are responding accordingly. That’s why I wanted to share facts about the lawlessness and hypocrisy that was occurring. We may be at the start of another Civil war and a lot of bloodshed.” -SPEECH
Watching the Capitol Insurrection horror from his Atlanta home, SPEECH reacted as the passionate MC he is with a pivotal, call-to-action anthem. “A Different World” is sure to raise eyebrows, yet tactful enough to preserve his integrity as an artist, a man, a husband, and a father, as well as his dedication to societal issues in America.
“On the night of the terrorist attack that already killed five people, I did a YouTube post, I posted various things on social media, but none of it seemed adequate, especially from a music documentation perspective,” he said of the song’s evolution. “So, I went into the studio, pulled out my Beat Thang, sampler, etc. The jazz/boom bap energy for this song was intentional, meant to be a throwback energy from the ‘90s-type approach. In my opinion, those sensibilities lend themselves to reflection, grooves, and hope, while still showing the urgency of this moment. I also purposely rhymed with a higher pitch, cuz I wanted my emotions of helplessness, rage but also engagement to come through.” -SPEECH
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