In the midst of race relation issues, police brutality and the need for unity among the community of color here in the U.S., comes the need for music and its artists to inspire and move people towards an empowered state of being. For us, it’s always a pleasure to be affected by these types of messages, especially when they come from an artists on the rise who really gets the significance. To be more specific a song called “Black Power”, by Paris-born, Harlem-native emcee Salomon Faye, made its way on to my recommended tracks list on SoundCloud, and I couldn’t let it sit unplayed as the title intrigued me. Not to my surprise,”Black Power” was everything I thought it would be and then some. His talent was evidently untouchable and unparalleled at the moment.
The rising Hip-Hop musician blew me away with his sense of urgency and the evocative nature of his lyrics. He raps with a conviction and cadence that make you hang on his every word and really make you LISTEN. His artistry comes off as raw talent, that’s not technical but abstractly concentrated (if that even makes sense).
Faye started his career a few years back under the music collective/underground art movement IlluZiON, with which he released numerous tracks that would get him well deserved praise from Complex, VIBE, XXL Magazine, Pigeons & Planes (who have rightfully drawn similarities to Mos Def), and much more. Now in 2015, he has released his official debut EP Stimulation. The 9-track effort is comprised of his most popular releases since 2013, like “Alchemy,” “Quest,” “Luv,” and “Fool’s Gold”. From beginning to end Salomon Faye impresses, as Stimulation is a testament to his feelings on the state of music, life, society and his inherent need to uplift his listeners. He’s a great talent, writer, and overall artist and we look forward to watching his career skyrocket in the future.
You can stream Stimulation below: