By Kemdah Stroud (@chiefsaveahoe)
I think we tend to forget quite how far our voices carry. Indie artist are the new mainstream, in terms of audience. I'm saying all of this to make the point that reading the title of the song "Baltimore" by Pop Music Legend, Prince featuring the new angelic voice of Chicago, Eryn Allen Kane, totally mind fucked the hell out of me (for lack of better words). Then it got even better when I pressed play.
Eryn's sunny voice opened the funky, electric guitar number, just giving us a taste of her range. Then, Prince's oh-so-familiar voice comes behind her, and we begin to hear the message as the two voices collide. "Baltimore", symbolically representing a movement of people; "If there ain't no justice, then there ain't no peace."
Eryn's sunny voice begins to sound like a cry for help, or hope, after the former is shouted over the instrumental.
This song is as beautiful, as it is tragic in origin. It's gotten to the point where people literally have to create anarchy just get their voices heard; and it's insane. The tone: frustration from lack of an audience to those that need them the most. These two, Prince and Eryn Allen Kane, gave those unreceived voices life today. Check out "Baltimore", the latest report on the entitled city.