Local hip-hop artist Siyah has just released “The Coronation,” a collaboration with producer and DJ Nex Millen (to whom Siyah gives a shout out on the track). There’s a hint of reggae to the song, but instead of going on a laid back direction, it turns that swaying beat into a revolutionary march.
“We started as one nation / patrons of the most high / now we’re afflicted / victims of the one eye,” Siyah raps. The song’s socio-political themes are clear, punching their way to the forefront of the energetic beat.
“In ‘The Coronation,’ I question what it means to be ‘king,’ as well as speak on my views of the world, the issues I see, and ways I believe we can counter these issues,” Siyah explains of the track he recorded at the end of last year.
We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.
We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.
About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall
The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.