As experimental hip-hop collective WAKE prepares for the third installment of their wakeATL Call to Action series tonight at Aisle 5, Immersive is excited to bring you the premiere of the group’s latest single, “Wake the Youth.” It’s another fiery and outspoken cut from an outfit that has long sought to blend their art with radical activism. Rappers Keith William and Obeah deliver a pair of stinging verses that emerge like raised fists from the gut-rumbling funk and noise experimentalism that comprises the song’s taut backdrop. “Levitate through the lunacy / Coup d’etat when the shooters speak / Loop the shot through the doom machine / Wake the youth to the foolery,” William’s spits on the track’s opening bars, setting a defiant tone that goes on to attack everything from crass materialism to political and economic elites who seek to silence and subdue the poor and working class. This is only the first taste from WAKE’s upcoming EP, Manifesto, but it’s as hot as molten lava — and just as formidable.
Manifesto is out April 19.
WAKE will perform a beat set tonight at Aisle 5 alongside Working Class Music Group; Man Up, Yancey; and the Tie Dye Intellect. Doors open at 9 p.m. Donations encouraged. All ages.