(AllHipHop News) On December 9, North Carolina’s Deniro Farrar let loose the first installment of his two-part EP series.
Red Book, Vol 1 is a six-song project inspired by literature the rhymer found in documentaries about the Black Panthers.
“The music on the EPs is the foundation. I wanted to make a revolutionary body of work that anybody can understand,” states Farrar. “I’m telling people things they need to know whether it’s about oppression, economics, food, or gentrification. It’s all the blueprint.”
Over the past six years, the 27-year-old artist expanded his brand of “Cult Rap” through projects such as Destiny Altered, The Patriarch, The Patriarch II, and Rebirth.
“Cult Rap is music based solely on substance,” explains Farrar. “You could have a trap beat or a jazz beat; it’s all about the substance of the lyrics and the message. I’m spearheading the movement. It lives on stage when those people are there in the crowd singing back to me.”
With tracks such as “When They Come For You,” “Mankind,” and “Where I Come From,” Deniro uses Red Book, Vol 1 to express his thoughts on various personal and social issues.
“I’m still finding myself, so I won’t sit up here like I’ve got all the answers,” admits Farrar. “I have made mistakes so I can’t get too far gone on being righteous. I don’t want to ever present myself as perfect. I just want to be real.”
He adds, “I think we can get back to where we need to be, but it’s going to take a lot of work. I’m watching it all around me. I just want people to open their eyes and wake the f-ck up.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Maddocks via WBR