I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to share ADAD with you. The moment I first heard a verse from the Chicago-grown emcee, I was sold. “Danger Us” featuring the weary-from-the-weight-of-the-world vocals of YAW, the first song, and title track, from ADAD x Tensei’s recently released EP, only serves as a fortifying exclamation point at the end of an emphatic statement about how right I was/am about the Dirty Science affiliate.
“Danger Us” plunges viewers/listeners into murky waters that are clouded by the nuances and intricacies of life for the youth growing up in any of America’s “ghettos” as they are called in the video’s description. ADAD plays with the sound of the words “danger us”, meant to allude to how many of these young people are considered dangerous by the dominant culture, while reminding listeners that the youth are really in danger: danger [for] us, or us (we) [in] danger. The song stands in direct opposition to the niche in hip hop–which just so happens to often be the most commercially successful niche–that promotes the cycle of violence, and serves as a call to the youth to seek out other paths. Due to its very nature and textures, the song itself has the same effect as a call to the youth to be open to listening to hip hop that might be considered more substantial, more purposeful. Watch/listen. Enjoy. Share.
Peace, Love & Hip Hop,
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