One of the bonuses of getting put on to the music of Minneapolis producer, Psymun, was also being introduced to the silky voice of his frequent collaborator K.Raydio. I’ve been hooked on the music of both from first listen, so I’m glad to hear they’ve got a collabo LP in the works. The album has no title or a solid release date (tentatively late September), but we have the premiere of the first track off the LP, “Sirens.” Don’t be fooled by the smoothness of the song, as the meaning is more powerful than you may initially realize. Listen as K tells some powerful stories of falling victim to the streets over a grim, yet soulful Psymun instrumental. Says K: “The life and death of young Trayvon Martin is a tragic portion of this story and the song has become a dedication to him and what he represents.” Listen to “Sirens,” below. Get some more words from K.Raydio on the inspiration of the song, below, as well, and look for more music coming soon.
“Sirens” was written as I watched the nightly news on TV with the sound on mute. Tragic news pieces flashed across the screen, ranging from the violence in Chicago to nameless victims of shootings in the Twin Cities. Suddenly, my mind was swarmed with thoughts about misrepresentation of people of color in the media and what it means to be a minority growing up in America. I thought about my cousin who was murdered in Memphis a few years ago. I thought about privilege. I thought about how law enforcement is perceived by the community based on different experiences and different socio-economic demographics.
From a general standpoint, the song is about how the odds are stacked against young men of color in America and how we’ve become numb to reaction – we almost expect it. What does that say about us as a society? The life and death of young Trayvon Martin is a tragic portrait of this story and the song has become a dedication to him and what he represents.