Washington, D.C., native Tarica June tackles her city’s skyrocketing gentrification on the cool track “But Anyway.”
The MC—who has recieved endorsements from the likes of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and dead prez’s M-1—directed the video herself. In it, she visits different parts of D.C. that have seen an influx of White residents, from Georgia Avenue near Howard University to Malcolm X Park.
“But Anyway” is built on samples of songs by Eric B. and Rakim, P.M. Dawn and Suzanne Vega that will be familiar to ’90s hip-hop and acid-jazz fans. Check out her lyrics about the rapid change:
But anyway, this is third generation for me
My parents and my grandparents all from DC
So I feel like I notice things other folks can’t see
And like I represent things other folks can’t be
And I remember
All Black on the green line
And all the kids had jobs in the summertime
Aay what you want about [ex-mayor Marion] Barry, but he cared for the poor
And that ain’t who these new fools working for
I tell ‘em, “That ain’t who these new fools workin’ for”
They tryna kick us all out and just build more stores
But ultimately, the songs focuses on a message of empowerment and hope:
Well I’m getting peace of mind that you can’t take from me
So I feel I’m doing fine and as long as I love me
I follow my own signs and the world can’t judge me
And anyway, I’m just speaking from my heart
Even though the industry is tryna keep us apart
Even though my enemies be steadily throwing darts
I’mma make it to the end, man I said it from the start
Watc the video for “But Anyway” above, and check out her just-released ”Stream of Consciousness” EP.
*Note: Post has been updated with new video embed.