For any hiphop artist getting started in the rap game, it is a great feat to make it to Sway Calloway’s radio show Sway In The Morning. During the pandemic, Sway started giving rappers and lyricists from around the world a chance to step onto his virtual stage and show their talents. One of these rappers comes all the way from India and his name is Armaan Yadav. We here at Shouts are familiar with Armaan as we have been following his protest rap for a while.
Armaan seems to always feel compelled to pen down words about the injustice he constantly witnesses in his home country of India, which he then shares with the rest of the world. For the outside world, it is a great thing; that there are artists that journal what is going on so we can all become more informed, more empathetic humans.
Armaan’s latest offering is a full steam protest tune available for anyone looking for some energy boost during their resistance.
As it often happens, the current protests in Thailand started out as student events. This generation has had to partially grow up in times started by the 2014 coup d’état in Thailand. Now more people are joining the protests demanding the resignation of General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government and an economic reform of the monarchy.
Some members of the rap collective have been arrested for their activism as we’ve covered before here on Shouts. That does not seem to slow them down though. They blast through the new song with seemingly no concern for their own safety. Artists have been jailed around the world for using their voices in this way.
We got the most wonderful letter the other day from a musician called Shaun Quixote. He just released his debut single, titled So Naïve, and he wanted to share it with us. He searched the web for socially conscious music blogs and came across Shouts. We are thrilled that he did.
So Naïve is a feel good, protest anthem for these strange times. As Shaun explained to us: “I’d like to think that, “through the poisoned air” [from the song’s lyrics], the song has a hopeful message in the midst of the darkness. …it is a song of hope, a song of protest, and a call to action. But most of all I want it to bring joy to whoever hears it.”
Currently Shaun is working on finishing his debut EP and if it will be anything like it’s title song then we are all in for a treat.