In an era when playlists are emerging and compilations are gradually becoming nonexistent, Lyrical Opposition takes it back to the roots and releases their debut compilation of carefully curated alternative hip-hop compositions from their featured roster of artists, Son the Gifted, Jreillah P, Johnny, Why?, S.V., and OD the Wordsmith. Based in the Bay Area of California, Lyrical Opposition operates as both an artist collective and nonprofit community organization that discovers and develops lyrical artists who spread messages of hope that inspire and empower communities towards social change.
Project Overview: "Lyrical Opposition: Compilation, Volume 1, is an eclectic collaborative, that serves dual purposes. The first was simply to get more of our music out there! Second, was to see how well we could work together on a project. Each member was responsible for directing a track - finding the instrumental, creating the concept, etc. - and being a "feature" on another member's track. For example: I directed "Mirage", with Johnny, Why? as my feature, and was the feature for S.V.'s "Pumping Out Shots" track. This resulted in 5 tracks each representing a member of the crew. The additional tracks on the project were all collaborative pieces that we just had fun creating without any main/particular direction other than the love for the art." - OD the Wordsmith
"I came up with the concept for "Flight School" because of the current state of my career. I had the typical nine-to-five set up fresh out of college, but I didn't feel like I had all the pieces to my puzzle. I knew I wanted to pursue music, but I couldn't shake the constant reminders from my loved ones that "music" and "art" are hobbies and not something that you should take as seriously as pursuing more diplomas. It grew on me as I grew up with it and I started to look at it the same way. Then I realized, I didn't want to look back on my life and regret not doing something different only because everyone else was exactly the same. With that being said, I knew that in order for me to be successful, I need to believe it myself first. Because if we don't believe in our own dreams, how do we expect others to do so?" - Jreillah P
"This track plays off the concept of a "mirage" in a sense or our society. Many times we know where we are or what our purpose may be, the images in front of us - even though they're not important or "real" - start to dictate how we feel and affect our emotions/behaviors. More specifically, the song speaks to how the world in front of us can affect/disrupt our relationship with God, causing us to forget what we "know" and getting lost in what we "see" but can never have.The verse details concepts and ideas we as people struggle with, from the prospective of a young man in today's society." - OD the Wordsmith
"Pumping Out Shots"
"In a day and age where mainstream hip-hop is watered down and without much substance; S.V. & OD the Wordsmith team up to inject a lyrical dose of what's lacking in the body of rap today - which are messages with meaning (aka that real). Equipped with turntables scratching, intricate samples being looped, and an old school vibe; these two MCs of Lyrical Opposition highlight that hip-hop is a tool that can be used to either build or to break down one another & "Pumping Out Shots" is a call to action to not fall to the latter option. Peep game." - S.V.
"Ready or Not"
"Ready or Not" is a song about purpose. It's about putting our purpose over our imperfections. A lot of times in life we don't feel like we have purpose, we may not feel called. This is due to our own insecurities and doubts. Especially pertaining to spirituality, we sometimes feel we can't/don't live up to the standard of what God requires. But the fact of the matter is we all have purpose, we all are called to be somebody of pertinence. Our imperfections don't make us any less than who we are, God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those who He called, whether we believe we're ready or not... We just have to step into our purpose. - Son the Gifted
"Whole Team Flexing is a track celebrating the effort and communal nature of our Lyrical Opposition family. Every member plays a unique and important role in the maintenance and development of Lyrical Opposition, and we wanted to celebrate that. We wanted to create a song that every community member, artist, administrative team or otherwise would be proud of singing along to and give them a sense of ownership and belonging. Ultimately, saying "Whole Team Flexing" expresses that our team and all of its members are valuable, capable, and appreciated." - OD the Wordsmith
"I wrote "Letting Go" in a place of frustration. I didn't grow up in the hip-hop community and I certainly wouldn't describe myself as "hip-hop". I grew up on punk rock and was even in a grimy garage band for a time. In 2009, I just sorta fell into rapping and found out I'm actually kinda good, so seven years later, I'm still rapping and still wrestling with feeling outside of the hip-hop community. So "Letting Go" was my way of saying "enough" and telling myself and any fool that has an opinion on what I should or shouldn't be doing that "you ain't gonna rule my life anymore"." - Johnny, Why
Lyrical Opposition (Son the Gifted, Jreillah P, Johnny, Why?, S.V., OD the Wordsmith)
Lyrical Opposition: Compilation, Volume 1
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SON THE GIFTED
OD THE WORDSMITH
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