premiere: chicago-based hip-hop band sidewalk chalk joins the call to #resist in haunting new single, “a suite for black lives”

May 11, 2017

Using a distinctive blend of hip-hop, soul and jazz to create their own contemporary sound, Chicago band Sidewalk Chalk’s fourth full-length album, An Orchid Is Born, is not one to miss. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Robert “Sput” Searight on Ropeadope Records, the album deals with the tension of yearning for joy in the darkest of moments, questioning the place of love amidst inhumanity. Their bold take on the most important issues of the day is perhaps best exemplified by the latest single from the album, “A Suite for Black Lives”, a somber Black Lives Matter inspired tune putting the historical and present-day struggles of Black people front and center.

“For people of color in this country, achieving self-acceptance is far more difficult because we’re taught to hate ourselves by the media, the education system, and politicians,” says the MC of the group, Rico Sisney. “This song is about struggling with internal demons and then turning on the external ones. I could write a damn dissertation on this but I’ll leave it at that.”

Vocalist Maggie Vagle, adds, “By itself, this song might leave you helpless, yearning, or feeling broken, but in the context of the whole album, this song is utterly important. Probably the most important of any of the 16 tracks on An Orchid Is Born.”

Check out the powerful track below!:

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