WORDS IN MOTION: DECLAIME AND BLU (THE RAP-A-LONG EDITION

West coast hip-hop/funk pioneer Declaime links up with Blu to give us his thought provoking and cerebral new single, “Internally Yours”, from his forthcoming album, Young Spirit.

The song features the two Cali lyrical geniuses spitting some introspective bars about worldly topics from greed and the human spirit to the ongoing police brutality and corruption in Los Angeles. They flawlessly make wordplay magic over a smooth, mellow neosoul driven soundscape provided by Georgia Anne Muldrow. Declaime explains the meaning behind “Internnally Yours” and who the song is speaking to:

“‘Internally Yours’ is about inner truth. I’m talking about all the cats running this world to see that they are just like us. Their heart beats just like us,” said Declaime. He also explains the concept behind the album and everything he and Blu are addressing. “The whole album is about how the media and government…food messing with the kid’s heads and their young spirits. Blu’s speaking on some truths he had locked inside of him.”

-ANDRE BARNES

Brown Hands- A poem By Ashley Wilkerson

Ashley Wilkerson – Brown Hands

Brown Hands- A poem By Ashley Wilkerson

Hey Now.

 The next few Musings From The Ship are going to cut pretty deep and really good this month.

Actress, poet, playwright, activist AND documentarian Ashley Wilkerson joins us this week with a baby fresh poetic offering from the womb of her mind.

Brown Hands enters as an monumental ode to her brother who was murdered by gun violence in 2007, travels the rawness of grief and regally arrives at a resolve that bursts open with compassion.

File this poem in the Alchemical section, please.

‘Cause Ms. Wilkerson has surely done the inner work to feel completely at home there.

Take a journey with her to a scenario that is happening at this very moment in….

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