Thursday, February 28, 2019
J. Period ft. Dead Prez, Sa-Roc & Maimouna Youssef | SOLDIERS | Music
In the Spring of 1970, armed National Guardsmen fired on Vietnam protesters at Kent State in Ohio, killing four students. The event reverberated across the country, spurring Neil Young to pen “Ohio” for Crosby, Stills & Nash, a folk anthem The Guardian calls “the greatest protest record” in American history. Days later—forgotten in the shadow of Kent State—police killed two black students at a similar protest at Jackson State in Mississippi. The incident echoed a growing racial divide, and rising tensions between police and inner city youth across the country. Fusing “Ohio” with Jimi Hendrix “Machine Gun,” The Isley Brothers re-framed the narrative of the song around urban unrest, bridging the cultural gap between two songs (and their fans) as a deliberate statement. Music was one of the few forces that could bridge the racial divide and bring people together—cultural connective tissue for a divided world. Now, DJ/Producer J.PERIOD is proud to present the next chapter in the historic saga of “Ohio”: “SOLDIERS,” the epic new single from Hip Hop’s pre-eminent freedom fighters Dead Prez and rising stars Sa-Roc & Maimouna Youssef. Sampling elements of The Isley Brothers’ “Ohio” over a hard-hitting track produced by J.PERIOD, “SOLDIERS” reframes the narrative again for a new generation—the generation of Ferguson, Flint, Oakland, New Orleans, Sanford, and Charlottesville. J. Period ft. Dead Prez, Sa-Roc & Maimouna Youssef | SOLDIERS Also available on Spotify, Tidal, Applie Music and more: hyperurl.co/3zvgi5
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.