Khalid Omari – Riding Around
I always said that if I was ever going to write and record again I’d only spread positive, uplifting and conscious food for thought.
Riding Around is the result of a spontaneous beat making and recording session where I kept singing the hook. I remember a few weeks later thinking about the lack of real black history taught in classrooms across the globe, the lack of accountability for atrocities inflicted upon the unsuspecting throughout the ages, by barbarous and greedy conquerors, the plagiarism of signs, symbolism and systems, and the erasure of our culture, customs and languages over a period of 500 years.
The first verse is for my nephews and nieces first and foremost because they’re all in school and will most likely experience what I experienced at that age where none of the historical figures or inventors I learnt about represented me. I wanted them to hear that and get gassed, I wanted them to hear the verse and dive into the hidden history of their ancestors. I wanted them to listen to that verse and hold their heads up high afterwards being proud of who they were and loved themselves rather than aspire to conform to the unattainable standards that often excluded them.
The second verse was a reflection of my knowing better but not necessarily doing better. I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes a few weeks ago and as much as I was disappointed when my Doctor told me I was at risk last year, I’m sharing my aspiration from the depths of my soul to be pure and free of meat and processed products. I’m a firm believer in food being the cure to all ailments but physically I can’t seem to resist junk food at times -we all have flaws and stuff we’re working on. Another reason I recorded that verse is because fast food, liquor, and gambling stores are next to non existent in affluent areas but in a disenfranchised inner city area these shops are rife. I felt as though there is a plan to kill a particular demographic off slowly and stifle their economic, political, and social mobility.
Verse three summarises the whole narrative of the track but also asks the listener to question their preconceptions, prejudices and assumptions. Are they victims of subliminal consumption -images and portrayals of black people in the media etc?
Hyperrealism or Reality?
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[It’ll feature on a collaborative project entitled Zer0Fxxx]