I will always have infinitely more respect for Hip Hop Artists who tackle the real issues instead of rapping about some façade of baller superiority. With his latest track Tota tackled an issue that many Rap artists have stepped to the mic about in recent months, never let it be said that dark times don’t make for the best music. The Hood Blues melodically challenges the disparity of living as a black man in America and I for one am stoked that it was made – it may have not gone viral as of yet, but God damn, it deserves to. With such a short duration it was an emotive surprise that the Hood Blues was able to pack such a wounding lyrical punch. It doesn’t get more real than this.
So, if you’re up for a sobering sonorous mid-tempo beat to kick back to you can check out the official video to Tota’s latest single the Hood Blues by heading over to YouTube now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast