New Mexico hip-hop artist Wake Self has teamed with Gift of Gab (from Blackalicious), to deliver, “Change the World,” which was produced by SmokeM2D6 of Oldominion, The track takes aim at various culture trends in society, which Wake Self believes hold back the human race, including social media, entertainment, celebrity worship, and other catalysts that distract the masses.
Wake Self had this to say about the collaboration:
“I think about all the time we spend as a human race being distracted with all those thing and how it keeps us from getting to the root of our own problems. If we can see the bigger picture and really examine our reality, and how our thinking patterns relate to it, maybe we can have a chance to change the world.”
“It’s a great feeling for me to work with both Smoke and Gab, two artists I’ve looked up to for a long time,” he added. “I appreciate both of their contributions to Hip Hop and have always been impressed by the dedication they put into their craft.”
The concept for the collaboration emerged while Wake Self toured with Gab in 2014. The two talked about doing a track together.
“This was actually the first beat I sent Gab from Smoke and he immediately said he wanted to use it. He actually did his verse first and I heard it and bounced of the content he had put together. It’s always a blessing when you can rock a track with artists who’ve inspired you over the years.”
The song is aimed at various culture trends in society that Wake believes holds us back, including
In conjunction with the unveiling of “Change the World,” Wake has announced his sophomore album, Malala, will drop August 24, 2016. As the follow-up to 2014’s Good Things Happen to Those Who Wake, Wake has been working on Malala for the past two years.