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.