Ever since he released his powerful and emotional single ‘Colors’ earlier this year, LA-based rapper and poet Sugi Dakks has been quick to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with. And with the follow-up cut ‘Cynicism’ showing a more fun-loving side to his persona, his new EP ‘Deeply Rooted’ looks to bring those two sides to his style together on this vibrant new offering.
From the very start, ‘Deeply Rooted’ sets itself two separate goals; one that makes you want to dance, and one that makes you think. And while there is some crossover with these two guises within the same songs, much of this collection is about capturing the sound of Black America right now. One that still wants to live and create a joyous world for themselves, despite all the aggression and persecution their lives are currently filled with.
Seeing himself as one half James Brown and one half Kendrick Lamar, ‘Deeply Rooted’ is a nostalgic nod to the rich and diverse culture that soul, hip-hop and funk have brought to the world. It creates a positive yet thoughtful snapshot of today’s America and the humble appreciation that he still has for his identity.