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Every so often you come across a rap group that doesn’t cater to the norms of the culture. They create lanes of their own and break genres. Often, they can take the form of the oppressed and make waves within the community. It’s something really lacking when you take inventory of today’s hip hop and rap culture. The long and outdated practice of flaunting your status and wealth within hip hop is something the middle black family cant relate to. Much underground rap evokes raw beauty that really isn’t seen in some of today’s biggest hitmakers. It’s not something that’s really taught nor can be copied. Lo Village is the one to lead us out of the dark ages.
Lo Village is in a league of their own. They rap, sing R&B, and blend elements of funk and neo-soul. The group consists of singer/songwriter Ama Tabiri, rapper/producer Kane Tabiri, and rapper Charles Tyler. Despite the outstanding production and catchy melodies, that still doesn’t touch on Lo Village’s best talent, storytelling. On their new EP, Lost in America, Lo Village paints a picture of the racial injustices faced by minorities in America today. The theme of the project asks the central question that has been posed for decades, “Can you tell me what’s goin’ on?” In just 15 minutes of total time, Lo Village gives their perspective. In “Terry Crews,” Lo Village speaks about how selling out your “culture” for clout and fame can have a negative impact. In the end, you are either with them or you can step out. In the larger scope, Lo Village makes you think about your place in today’s society.
In “Lost in America,” Lo Village echoes the voice of a disenfranchised nation. Its where Lo Village showcases their core talent, weaving a story heard so many times before in the news. Takes a catchy playful melody and twists it on its head. As Lo Village takes us from slave ships in the 1700s to the most recent racial killings of blacks at the hands of cops. The track allows Lo Village to paint a picture and spark a revolution. Throughout Lo Village’s catalog, the groups spares no expense in speaking from the heart of a nation without a voice.