It’s a new Vibe: ‘Soundtrack to the Revolution’ releases ‘Juneteenth’ for the culture
Written by Nakia Cooper on May 31, 2021
Described by others as a combination of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton,” the “Soundtrack to the Revolution” is a gritty, in-your-face call to action to stand against every atrocity created against African Americans, including racism, social injustice and police brutality.
The project was led by Smackwater, aka the “Realest [expletive] on the Gram,” and Cornel Grant, the creator of Music Monopoly Media Group.
“The single ‘Juneteenth’ is a feel good, family reunion, ‘make you want to get up and dance’ song that still touches base on the social issues today,” said Grant. “When we shot the video, which will be released on Juneteenth, everybody at MacGregor Park was smiling and having a good time, forgetting it was a video shoot. Everyone says this is their favorite song on the album.”
Grant and Smackwater were on the phone with each other when they learned George Floyd had died. The two discussed how people were angry and “tearing sh** up out there,” so it was time to make a “soundtrack to the revolution.” And just like that, they had the title to their album.
The duo called all of their trusted industry friends and everyone came ready to write and record on the spot. The album was complete within 27 hours; two 10-hour sessions and one seven-hour session.
“We were just trying something and it came out interesting. We did it for the culture,” Grant said.
Featured rappers on “Juneteenth” are Smackwater, 44 B. Young (who was recently released after serving 25 years in prison), and D.E.V.I.O.S. Kidricc James and Sudari Scott sing the hook. Click here to find album on all platforms.