It’s been a minute since New Mexico emcee Wake Self afforded us some new material but the wait is well worth it. A visually oriented lyricist, Wake Self’s latest single I Still Love Her explores similar terrain, his love for the Hip-Hop culture. Many before him have done it but I dare say this is something we need to always remind ourselves lest we can lost in the shuffle of today’s microwave music. I Still Love Her sees Wake Self paying homage by weaving rap legends and their album titles into his lyrics while the accompanying video goes a step further by actually placing him in the artwork from classic Hip-Hop albums from Big Daddy Kane, de La Soul, Redman et al.
A brilliantly crafted tribute track that also sees Ma Dukes setting things off to know it’s official and Miles Bonny killing the hook. Hit the play button and get with the program
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Seasoned Albuquerque emcee, Wake Self pays homage to his favorite classic Hip-Hop artists in “Still Love Her,” taken from his upcoming album, Malala. The video which begins with a few words of wisdom, courtesy of Ma Dukes (J Dilla’s mother), sets the stage for Wake to cleverly inject himself into the titles and lyrics of revered Hip-Hop classics from Common’s Resurrection, ATCQ’s The Low End Theory, to De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, and Ice Cube ’s Death Certificate, among others.
“I’m not one of those people who is stuck in the so called ‘Golden Era’ because I do believe great music has been, will be and is still being made,” Wake explains. “I feel a deep attachment, however, to classic Hip-Hop music. I feel like we as a culture need to start recognizing our heroes and teachers like other cultures and music genres do.”
Press play, as Wake takes you on a walk down memory lane in a way that shows respects to the greats who laid the foundation, as he brilliantly illustrates his love for the culture. “Still Love Her” is directed and animated under the creative direction of Phillip Torres of Concept Flux Media, and Josh Goble, respectively.