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My Victory

MK Asante x Maya Angelou

Produced by J. Dilla

From Okayplayer:

Acclaimed author MK Asante premieres his brand new single “My Victory” from the forthcoming BUCK: ORIGINAL BOOK SOUNDTRACK featuring words from Maya Angelou and sounds from J Dilla‘s track of the same name. “My Victory” follows the May release of the official video for “Godz N The Hood” featuring Ras KassBishop Lamont and Talib Kweli. Asante pulls the production from the Rebirth of Detroit Instrumentals and combines it with exclusive audio from meetings with Dr. Angelou following their collaborative work on the film The Black Candle, which made its television debut in 2011. With his transition to the microphone, Asante’s gripping commentary and vivid descriptions of life on the block burst forth from the pages of his memoir to dance atop the driving track like water against a smoking skillet as he speaks to the plight of his brethren with lines like, Man, they can’t see us winning. Far too blind. Beams of light still peeking through faulty blinds. Asante plays the fiery town crier to Dr. Angelou’s resounding, prophetic voice as she delivers an emotionally charged performance that floods out of the ether to engulf the track like a rolling tide. Her words arrive with a power that will raise the hairs on your neck as they punctuate the urgency of MK Asante’s treatise and reinforce her presence, even as the world continues to mourn her recent passing:

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