The rapper and songwriter known as Young Ent has released his latest hip hop single, “United We Stand.” The single has been published on the VanDyke Entertainment independent record label with loud, proud endorsement by the Fight...Win...Survive outreach and ministry [#FightWinSurvive]. A timely American anthem of encouragement and civil rights, “United We Stand” is a rap song fans of any music genre can get behind.
Young Ent cites as main artistic influences such legends of the mic as Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Scarface, Ludacris, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes, Cash Money, Master P., Eminem, and DMX. His own sound on “United We Stand” combines the best traits of these while adding powerful attributes all his own, not the least of which is Ent's rich, rolling natural singing voice.
Yet, perhaps the most powerful characteristic of the single remains its crucial lyrical content, the meaning of which strikes at the heart of today's social injustices. “United We Stand” remarks upon the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and suffocation of Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY. Both deaths were at the hands of police officials. Neither of these African-American victims were armed.
Speaking with regard to the themes of his new single, Young Ent writes, “This song signifies the climate right now in America and the hope and desire to not be overtaken by it. Two grand jury decisions not to indict white cops who killed unarmed black men, the riots, the protests, the marches, the call for change, the hope for a better future, America and world.”
Not necessarily a straightforward hip-hop track, “United We Stand” has elements of rhythm 'n' blues, rap, and gospel music. It has been concurrently released with an alternate, “Lord's Prayer Mix” version, available from online music outlets as “United We Stand (Lord).” This second, more spiritually profound edition includes Young Ent reciting the Lord's Prayer at the end of the track [Matt. 9:6-13].
“United We Stand” is co-published by Fight...Win...Survive. Asked to comment on the motto of FWS, owner Steven A. VanDyke remarked, “Life's circumstances can sometimes knock you or a loved one down, but it doesn't have to knock you or them out!”
Fight…Win…Survive describes itself as “an encouragement merchandiser and ministry outreach that touches lives all over the world through positive reinforcement of love, trust, belief, inspiration, encouragement and faith.
“In this life everyone has to deal with something,” writes VanDyke. “When you stop and think about it, it is absolutely true!”
A recent statement from Fight…Win…Survive concerned their “Good Grade Challenge,” which the company has described as “a positive answer to the foolish challenge games that our kids were playing and posting online.”
FWS emphasizes that their new single, “United We Stand” “is all about everyone coming together for what is right. This song is set to be the theme of – not the civil rights movement of the past – but the 'justice for all' movement of the future.
“It's not only about color,” writes VanDyke. “It's about liberty and justice for all!”
“United We Stand” by Young Ent is available online worldwide.
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