Long time Cut From Steel favourite, Emay, is back with his first single off his upcoming LP “Ilah”. Emay (Mubarik Adams) has never backed away from politics and has had a conscious streak throughout all of his songs, in Bakkah he finally puts that center stage. Bakkah comes on the heels of Emay recording and speaking about a violent racist altercation he spotted in Hamilton. This story about a woman shouting racial slurs at a taxi driver went viral only because the altercation was caught on video by Emay. It was amazing to him step up and shine a light on this injustice.
This is definitely the most produced video that Emay has had to date and it is a beauty. You can watch this video in 4K and you should. Can’t wait to hear more from this album!
You can download the track on bandcamp.
Check out this interview Cut From Steel did with Emay a little while ago to learn more about his politics and take on music.
What Emay has to say about Bakkah:This new song “Bakkah: The History of Humankind”, was initially just a poem about humanity as a whole. When it began to rhyme I basically just ran with it. It was also a great opportunity for me to experiment with my writing as I was always self-conscious about using a more poetic/metaphorical style of writing so with this track I allowed myself to get completely lost in that form. For the video, me and the director, Aaron Hall, bounced a lot of ideas off of each other and eventually Aaron thought of using riot gear for the video. To me the video is a battle displaying my ideological development and the conflict of ideas taking over and building off of one another. Much love to Aaron Hall and Dujean Williams for creating that with me.
My beliefs and ideas about the world are constantly evolving and developing; this isn’t an overnight process, but one that takes a decade or maybe even a lifetime.I would love to start conversation.