Idle Warship - Rat Race
Though putting paper above all else is a longstanding tradition in the urban music game, recent news indicates that more and more people are becoming sick and tired of the Rat Race. Pop innovators with their fingers on the pulse of the national mood, Idle Warship have stepped up to the plate with an anthem for the disaffected. Farhot forgoes the club-hop vibes that characterized much of the group’s previous work in favor of a driving ‘80s-pop feel, layering sparkling synths and processed guitar riffs over a driving backbeat as singer Res invites all who feel the need for a change to “come to a place where there is light.” Talib Kweli echoes the sentiment on his brief rapped portion, championing personal freedom over the endless stress and struggle of the paper chase: “Rat race got you chasin’ that paper, you fresh / For the cake you give a pound of your flesh, race to your death. / I’m so free, say it wit me now, I do what I wanna.” Has this anthemic cut left you inspired to go out and make a difference? Fantastic—before you do that, though, click here to stream Idle Warship’s debut set, Habits of the Heart (not officially dropping till 11/1/11), on Spotify courtesy of DJBooth.net.