As we continue to stay vigilant and aware of this ongoing crisis, the least we can do is to keep delivering some good old dope music to keep our wits steady. For this one, we got this very graphic visual from producer Neon Brown who links up with his favorite emcee Vursatyl. Simply titled “Maintain,” the track has a very melancholic vibe courtesy of Brown while Vursatyl paints a realistic picture of what the world is like today for black America. Vursatyl uses a plethora of analogies and a very detailed look at the current state of black America. He is very honest and unfiltered on this one and may sound somewhat downtrodden but he still keeps it quite positive.
The song is paired with an incredible visual component that makes the already-gripping lyrics even more powerful. The video centers on a sleeping young girl who’s awoken by a TV that powers itself on and begins displaying images and video footage of historic black figures from the 1920s and on. It all works alongside Vurs’s rhymes which portray America as a suppressing machine built on racist ideals. The images portrayed are to resemble how America depicts black Americans in society, film, and history. As well, the video showcases historical black Americans who have made a great impact on our country, society, and will continue to influence our future.
“Maintain” is the A-Side of Brown’s upcoming limited edition 7-inch record that’s due out April 3. The B-Side, “The Light Goes Out,” is equally impressive and includes an appearance from rising San Fran artist Trailer Limon. To complement the April 3rd vinyl release, Brown is also dropping an instrumental project, L’appel de Vide, which will be available through all DSPs. The two tracks are available now through all digital retailers and streaming platforms, with vinyl pre-orders accessible exclusively through Brown’s Bandcamp page. Only 200 copies will be pressed, where each pre-order will be accompanied with an instant-grat download of L’appel de Vide as an added bonus.