The hip hop hero from New Orleans known as SoBlak has released his latest official single, “Handz Up Gun'd Down” feat. Lady Upt. The track has been proudly published on the 1Point5 Entertainment LLC independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Heavy-hitting, socially conscientious and making a bold statement against police brutality in the United States, “Handz Up Gun'd Down” is a hip hop track putting SoBlak on the map where he belongs.
SoBlak cites as main artistic influences Rakim, KRS-1, Scarface, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Ludacris, Outkast, Lil Wayne, Freddie Gibbs, and Kendrick Lamar. In addition to the top-shelf tones and attitudes these legends of the mic have impressed on SoBlak, himself, “Handz Up Gun'd Down” also features the considerable talents of Lady Upt.
At the heart of “Handz Up Gun'd Down” are issues close to the heart of all Americans interested in social justice .
“This single directly addresses the extreme tension felt by the people who are and have been the target of police brutality and killings,” writes SoBlak. “I wanted to capture that N.W.A. spirit of 'F*ck the Police,' but with my flava and knowledge on it.”
The result was an aggressive track, one which fights for peace while refusing to back down.
“To balance the scales I had Lady UPT bring her perspective of the issue,” SoBlak says. “By us both touching on a variety of aspects of what we know and experience, it came together as a very strong song with a defined message.”
It's clearly an evocative track. Much like the efforts of the Black Lives Matter social-awareness movement, however, not all the public response has been positive.
“It has caused a nasty campaign on Facebook by many who are displaying their racist views and some who are incorrectly labeling me as racist,” SoBlak writes, “but the truth is paramount with this track, and the driving sound keeps the tempo and momentum going to the very end.”
SoBlak started in music by learning from his father, a jazz and gospel musician and music promoter in New Orleans. He became serious about music after joining the Marine Corp in 1990. “Handz Up Gun'd Down” represents his most prominent official hip hop release in recent memory, with its music video hitting over 86,000 views within two weeks.
1Point5 Entertainment calls SoBlak “a veteran in the rap business,” saying, “you can expect lyrical and production quality from this Jurassic Classic cat.”
“Handz Up Gun'd Down” is available online worldwide at over 700 music stores now.
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