“Maybe I want a Bulbasaur too, huh?”
Alia Zin never ceases to impress me (and get me fired-up). Last Wednesday she dropped “Don’t Shoot,” the first in a weekly #WiccanWednesday series that will lead up to the release of her album, Wiccan on October 31st. The song is another chilling woke-ass anthem written from her perspective of being highly aware of racially-charged police brutality, all while illustrating the commonality of desensitization regarding these killings. Zin’s voice is steadily hypnotic, while her flow varies and builds.
Hands on the wall, bodies on the ground.
Don’t shoot motherfucker, don’t shoot. Man down.
Unlike some of these rappers who like to make it super difficult to understand what the fuck they’re saying, you won’t miss a word of Zin’s concise and merciless rhymes.
Zin’s music is the kind of stuff DJs wouldn’t dare play on the radio–censored or not. It’s way too raw, honest, and could even be considered triggering to some. In the intro to the song, Zin mentions the high-level of engagement in the new Pokémon Go game, as if to make the statement that she, too, wishes she didn’t have to focus on more important things than catching a fucking Bulbasoar. Then we hear the sounds of cops yelling: down! Get on the ground!
Her lyrics continue to be timely, true, and appropriately angry. Today, through Pakk Music Group, Zin released her second stellar Wiccan Wednesday release “Reloaded,” which came with some sick cover art by Marvin Grant (GhxstGod). Listen below and buckle up for what’s next.
Feature image by Renee Lopez