If ever there was a force to be reckoned with, it would be the newest signee to the indie hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment, Sa-Roc. Frequently dubbed a fiery femme fatal, the Atlanta-based, DC born artist started out in 2008 with a brand of hip-hop that is unafraid to challenge the conventional and breeds empowerment in every sense of the word. Concerned with issues of social-justice and cultural preservation, Sa-Roc has a sound that is “1 part hood poetry, 2 parts otherworldly, and totally new and fresh. From subject matter ranging from melanin to pyramids, Sa-Roc spits metaphysical ideas over melodic hip hop beats, seeking to fuse knowledge of self with great music.”
With already 13 albums tucked neatly under her belt, she’s shared the stage with Talib Kweli and Common and has been honing her definitive style with Sol Messiah since the two met back in 2002. Just last year she dropped an incredible mixtape remixing tracks from Jay Electronica, Meek Mill, D’Angelo, Jay-Z, Madlib, PRhyme and many more. Through her first single for her new label, Eye of the Phoenix, The Goddess MC makes it clear that she’s not interested in gimmickry or stereotypes. While we’re being perfectly honest, your favourites better get in her lane or risk being left behind.
It might come in at under three minutes, but Eye of the Phoenix, it is more than enough to solidify Sa-Roc’s status as one of the most exciting, confident and prolific voices at the moment. The single and its accompanying video signal the release of her new, 20-track mixtape Metamorpheus. Stuffed full of metaphor and blending influences from the Golden Era of hip-hop and the Earth, Wind & Fire and Jimi Hendrix she grew up on, the track places Sa-Roc’s lyrical finesse, masterful flow and rebel mentality front and centre.
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