Virginia artist PHZ-Sicks dropped “Riot In My Memory” in my inbox a little while ago and told me to peep it. I obliged. What I got was a song that wants to tear things up to rebuild them better. What I got was a song about police brutality, undercover racists and their not-so-hidden brethren. What I got was a track that discussed the hypocrisies of being “color-blind” but still not doing a damn thing but filming the demise of a POC. All in all, I got a rally cry over some sick instrumentation (PHZ-Sicks and co-producer Epik The Dawn opted to flip The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” the song flipped in Sisqo’s infamous “Thong Song,” to create a cry for help and a cry for change).
PHZ-Sicks said that he came up with the song as a way to deal with his frustration over race relations in America and abroad. This feels a lot like his “I’m Not Racist” moment, without the “Kumbayah” elements Joyner Lucas pushed for. Again, to build greater things, you have to, at times, be willing to rip the craziness up at the seams and start fresh. Change is never silent. With tracks like these, I’m definitely looking forward to Good Day, Greater Tomorrow, which is due out soon.
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