Sa-Roc - r(E)volution
Sa-Roc releases “r(E)volution,”
a powerful new music video and harbinger of her Rhymesayers Entertainment debut album, The Sharecropper’s Daughter. Produced by Sol Messiah, “r(E)volution” is an anthem of hope and resistance that speaks of the inevitable change that happens when people understand their power and potential. The music video, directed by Tommy Nova, features scenes from protests across the country as a backdrop to Sa-Roc’s rallying cry:
"I don’t know what you might’ve heard, but we ain’t going nowhere but up
Got a whole squad dressed in all black, got the streets on notice--what up?
They want us in the same place ain’t nobody ever gonna really change nothing but us
Hello, this is revolution get on up"
“r(E)volution” follows “Deliverance,” the standout single produced by label mate Evidence, an acclaimed performance on NPR's Tiny Desk (Home) series this June, and “Forever,” which recently surpassed 4 million views on YouTube. Sa-Roc’s autobiographically titled album The Sharecropper’s Daughter is set to arrive on October 2 and features appearances from Saul Williams, Styles P, Ledisi, Black Thought, Chronixx.
Sa-Roc is arguably one of the most vibrant MC's in the world today. Her crisp articulation, fiery delivery, and her elevated and insightful lyricism has often placed her within the same conversation of some of Hip Hop’s most notable artists. Once dubbed by Okayplayer as -
“one of the most formidable microphone mavens in the game,”
Sa-Roc is an artist for a
socially conscious generation.
Sa-Roc grew up in Southeast D.C., at the height of the crack area, with neighborhoods plagued by poverty and disaffection. Her early experiences shaped her understanding of the world around her, deepened her emotional sensitivity and cemented a social consciousness that would later feature heavily within her work. She was born three-months premature and didn’t make a sound during the first fourteen months of her life. This struggle to find a voice—both literally and creatively—would later be critical in shaping her lyrical expression.
By her own admission, Sa-Roc was painfully shy and reclusive as a youth. In 2018, she channeled the pain of her childhood experiences and came up with the self-empowerment anthem “Forever”. The song struck a chord with many, creating a viral sensation that led to worldwide critical acclaim, amassing over 4 millions views on YouTube. In 2020, she embarked on a national tour with rapper Rapsody and made her debut on the world-renowned NPR Tiny Desk At Home series that led fans to describe her simply as -
“the truth” and technically “the best lyricist in recent times.”
Her forthcoming project, The Sharecropper’s Daughter, the title of which pays homage to her father’s experience growing up sharecropping tobacco, is in Sa-Roc’s own words
“a sonic reflection on the generational inheritance of trauma and triumph that shapes our humanity and influences the way we see the world.”
At a time where people all around the globe are calling for social change,
Sa-Roc is an MC whose energy and conscious lyrics are about to shake up the rap game and remind us all that Hip Hop was always about giving a
voice to the people.
Today, Sa-Roc—the emcee heralded by OkayPlayer as - “one of the most formidable microphone mavens in the game”- drops “Deliverance” and announces October 2 as the release date for her long-awaited Rhymesayers Entertainment debut album The Sharecropper’s Daughter.
Since signing to the independent powerhouse, Sa-Roc has released a steady stream of singles, including “Forever” (with over 4 million views), “Goddess Gang,” and “Hand of God.” For “Deliverance,” she tapped label mate Evidence to produce the track and direct the bold, visually striking music video.
“If you want protest music for the uprising of the American consciousness, then look no further,” writes Abby O'Neill, describing Sa-Roc’s powerful performance on NPR's Tiny Desk (Home) series this June.
Indeed, Sa-Roc has spent a lifetime gracefully articulating themes that have been thrust into the center of an essential national conversation. Her forthcoming album is no exception; on it, Sa-Roc draws fearlessly from both historical context and personal experience.
"The Sharecropper’s Daughter speaks to my father’s actual beginnings on a Virginia tobacco farm where his family sharecropped,” reveals Sa-Roc.
“The title is meant to signify that both my father’s and my upbringing, though so different, are linked by a shared history that informs the way I move through the world… It’s a sonic reflection of the things we inherit. About the emotional weight that we unknowingly bestow upon the next generation; the genetic transfer of both trauma and triumph that we, both donors and beneficiaries, are tasked with reshaping into a future of our own.”
Guest features on The Sharecropper's Daughter include Saul Williams, Styles P, Ledisi, Black Thought, and Chronixx.
The Sharecropper’s Daughter is out on Friday 2nd October, pre order link here-
If I could get a taste of my freedom, I would savor every tidbit. Pilot planes like I was Tuskegee. The flyest letterman, call me collegiate. That’s why I get violent on these mics can turn a (Turner) phrase like Ike and Tina, stories bloodied and beaten so well, we’re calling em Red Tales(Tails). How convenient. Facts-The struggle I know left physical scars as lasting proof. Mommy and Pops residual trauma pushed them to bottles Absolut. Homie, that 90s era was Rocky, had to be sly and outfox the coop. Everyone knows a rose can grow from cracks but most don’t blossom fruit. So my lyrical watts like miracle drops. BB, I’m Posdnuos. That’s De La-from the soul. I’m undersold and over hip-hop to boot. They worship green like God, got bands to ear like radios top 10 grooves. My samples clear, I push gems like DeBeers. No conflict, just the truth. See, I’m the plug. I’m giving the people the power, try not to blow out the fuse. I’m so close to these lower and upper cases that I guess that it’s best I recuse. Telling me I need to party and bullshit to win. Well then Homie I guess imma lose. Ain’t no biggie, I’m black obsidian. Rap’s new Gideon. Summon the troops. Roc.
I’m turning over a new leaf. Same life with a new lease. Game time, different frame of mind. Hit the lab up like a 2 piece. I ain’t a fan of the fame, y’all keep the bread and the groupies. I just want a group of loyal fam, and if I win, bet the crew eats. My god. This a stress free zone. This the best freedom. I just want a group of loyal fam, and if I win, bet the crew eats. My god. This a stress free zone. This the best freedom. I’m just tryna elevate. Ya dig?
They wasn’t feeling that space shit. Told em I was on another level. They said they only investing in fauna and flora, like pussy and flower petals. Pardon my tongue but I grew up building with gods and sparring with horny devils. You rumble with dogs you come up with fleas and potty mouths trying to blacken the kettle. I am not an island, hold up the diaspora with my limbs. Fuck up the system with this atypical gab, some Converse and nylons. I am the calm version of a storm brewing. I’m a monsoon in Thailand. And if my Black fist and my womb irks you, here’s the worlds smallest violin. Check it.
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