Oakland rapper Gift of Gab of Blackalicious linked up with New Mexico rapper Wake Self for a politically charged song, “Change The World.”
Making the track, which was produced by SmokeM2D6 of Oldominion, was a dream come true for Wake Self, who concocted the idea of a collaboration with Gift of Gab in 2014 during a tour.
“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,” Wake said. “I appreciate both of their contributions to Hip-Hop and have always been impressed by the dedication
they put into their craft.
"This was actually the first beat I sent Gab from Smoke and he immediately said he wanted to use it,” Wake continued. "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.”
In August, Wake Self will drop his sophomore album.
“August 24 is my mom’s birthday,” the rapper said of the significance of the release date. explains. “My main focus with music is to share my ideas with the world, to bring awareness, help heal and inspire people with
music, and make my mom proud.”