With "Shaka Zulu," Chicago Emcee F.Stokes Compares His City's Southside to "An African Jungle"

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2013 06:00pm | Post a Comment

F.Stokes "Shaka Zulu" (2013)

New Chicago emcee F.Stokes, who plays the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival previewed on the Amoeblog yesterday, proves that there's hope for hip-hop with his powerful new song/video "Shaka Zulu" (above). The video for the track that was published today, which is taken from the Windy City wordsmith's recent album Fearless Beauty - produced by Doomtree member Paper Tiger, is set with a grainy, grimy backdrop of the Southside of Chicago deliberately. "Location was everything," said the artist of the video that, "was inspired, physically, by the landscape of my neighborhood, and how aesthetically and habitably the Southside of Chicago relates to an African jungle.  I had to show the world the faces of those babies on the Southside of Chicago. I thought some of the closeups gave a reminder to the globe that even though the cloud of violence lingers, innocent resonates through the eyes of these young soldiers."

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