Kentucky raised, California based rapper Ta’East’s recently released EP Okay, I’m Ready incorporates powerful lyrics coupled with eerie and sinister production. Throughout the release there is a reoccurring theme of humanity and empathy where Ta’East engagingly discusses the bitter truths of American life and culture.
In his most popular song WithTheShit, the hook discusses how he gets up every morning to get on his grind while most rappers stay in bed, waiting and hoping for someone to discover them. The music video for this song, directed by Jerome D, very much represents this blue collar, hard working mentality: “I was at a period in life when I was doing something that I didn’t want to do and it was like a dark presence following me until I realized I needed to step into my purpose”.
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In N-Word, Ta’East creates a juxtaposition regarding African-American culture in America; he highlights “America’s obsession” with the culture while also bringing to life how black bodies and lives are completely disregarded: “Everybody wanan be a nigga, but nobody wanna be a nigga”.
In an age where heavy kick drums and double-time high hats dominate the instrumentals and talking about how many diamonds you’ve got on your wrist monopolizes lyrics, you have to respect Ta’East’s attempt at powerfully unravelling the American dream and daily life.