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The SOL of Black Folk

by SOL Development

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SOL (Intro) 00:29
Never Change 05:24
Helicopter 04:53
Verse 1: You see these Helicopters Think we thugs, we pimps, we robbers But we are teachers, preachers, knowledge seekers, lawyers, doctors They tell you lock your doors, your stores, and hide your sons and daughters But we are here to bring the truth With that, they have a problem Chorus: And we runnin' from Helicopters He-He-Helicopters And we runnin' from hella coppers in helicopters x 2 Rap Verse 1: Picture me rollin’ In a slave shit that was stolen To my homeland I am going Leaving land that was stolen This freedom ain’t no freedom and you know it The cops will pull a trigger in a moment You just another n*gga in that moment You bout to be a victim in that moment Hashtag with your picture in a moment The moment that an athlete say that black lives matter Twitter quick to call him n*gga in that moment This shit is for real Too late to be safe so I say what I feel To hurt to be fake so I say what is real You cannot relate to what black people cause you don’t understand that don’t make it less real Too stuck in your head when your heart need to feel The pain that we carry is real Pressure is building for real This ain’t no movie or reel This pressure could kill Pre-Chorus: Helicopter, helicopter over my head I see them lights they flashin' blue and that red They chase us down the street And they shootin' us dead Cuz they don’t understand That we are more than they said (more than they said) Chorus x 2 Rap verse 3: Shit I’m tired of duckin from these helicopters, I know they plottin tryna bomb us while the world watchin’ Bmore to ferguson, them devils ain’t got shit to prove 1985, Philly dropped a bomb on Move If you runnin, then they gunnin, better know the rules Same roots, same noose, same strange fruit Same clan, same badge, same aim too They fear you, then they frame you, they kill you, then they blame you… Ooooh, gotta watch out for the planes too My prayers go out to syria, we say your names too, Cuz the same hate that we been facin’ is the same hate that bomb they nation but you dont hear me though, Show me a place where it’s safe for our kids to grow, The cops shot Tamir Rice at 11 years old. And I’m not sayin’ it’s the same thing, I just understand the trauma that the pain bring. Peace King (Exactly) Pre-chorus Vamp: We are more Than the fear that you carry We are more Than black lives you've buried We are more Than anything you could dream Which is probably the reason why these Helicopters chasing me...
She Complied 01:42
Brother 04:54
Alone 06:02
Diamond 04:12
Nobody 04:36


SOL Development (Source of Light), mirrors Nina Simone’s quintessential words: an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. The band offers music to illuminate today’s cultural and political climate, matching it with a sound that allows the listener to feel empowered in finding their own activism and healing.

The band will release their full length debut project, The SOL of Black Folk: Of The Dawn of Freedom in Feb 2019. The album title pays homage on W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk and specially connected to his chapter “Of the Dawn of Freedom.” The album features songs including “Helicopter,” “Source of Light,” and “Nobody”.

Audiences who have witnessed their dynamic live performance include SXSW, Broccoli City Festival, Black Joy Parade, Blue Note NYC, Stern Grove Festival, Oakland Museum of California, Global Climate Summit, HATCH and Blackout for Human Rights: MLK Now. They have shared the stage with Yasiin Bey, Common, Yo-Yo Ma, Masego, India Arie, GZA, Jidenna, Femi Kuti and many more.


released February 22, 2019


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