Acclaimed and respected Hip Hop Artist/Composer/Songwriter Zubz The Last Letta has finally released Album Artwork and his first single from his upcoming album, DragonLion_FullCircle.
Taking a different route to the standard album artwork approach, Zubz has elected to use a striking graphic as the new album ID for DragonLion_FullCircle. The graphic depicts a dragon entwined with a lion all within a circular shape.
Mozambican painter Ricardo Pinto Jorge was tasked by Zubz to create an original piece inspired by the album. Ricardo’s brief was broad; to create something memorable and typically Zubz.
“Of course there is a literal depiction of the album title in the artwork” says Zubz, “but there are also less obvious depictions. The colours represent the countries where I was born, raised and am based; Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Yin –Yang looking form that the dragon and the lion take, speaks to balance.”
This balance is alluded to again by painter Ricardo Pinto Jorge, who says being a pilot and an artist gives him a sense of equilibrium. “I am highly influenced by street art, pop art and modern art. I vastly employ self-taught stencil techniques. My topics focus on daily pop culture, politics and history, daily occurrences, life experiences, stories I hear, discussions I have with friends and acquaintances, dreams and nightmares as well as ideas and concepts I come up with. I find inspiration in life and my stimulus, music.”
The song is called Extras and is defined by Zubz as “Peaceful Protest Music”, an ode to the marginalized. “I want the song to feel like pace, without racing. I want it to seem loud without shouting. This song is about trying to capture the mood of a fed-up people carrying a desire to effect change.”
Zubz debuted the song live in front of thousands at this years’ Back To The City festival, the biggest Hip Hop platform in South Africa and had the crowd shouting back the catchy chorus by the song’s end.
Asked about the song, the rapper reveals, “I’m speaking to my core audience here saying this song is not about anyone else but you!” says Zubz “You are the star in your life’s movie and have no business living like you’re just an extra in it”
Extras is a well written song citing references as serious as protests like the Occupy Movement to less serious banter such as soccer. All of this is encapsulated in the metaphor of Film.
The musical backdrop provided by Zimbabwean Artist/Composer Simba Tagz, is a fierce drone accented with triumphant horn-blasts in the chorus.