Tilibop asks ‘What’s Going On’ | Entertainment
Reggae firebrand Tilibop has released a new single, titled What’s Going On, that speaks to the alienation and state of confusion facing people of colour even as the global pandemic causes financial hardships for the have-nots.
“We’re living in a crazy mix up world where our values are upside down. It can be a confusing and a downpressing time so with this song, I am representing for all the people who have no voice, for all the talented ones who didn’t overcome, endure and stay focused on their goals. A lot of youths, their ‘mental’ is not as strong, they just didn’t make it … it is a mix up world iyah,” Tilibop reasoned.
The single is the third single from his critically acclaimed I Am Reggae album. On the single, Tilibop asks ” What did I did to deserve this?/What did I did? Inna this mix up world.”
Tilibop said that his use of ‘did’ is deliberate, as it shows that “this has happened before”.
“It’s like in some ways we’re still living out the lives of our ancestors. There is an ancestral link to cultural trauma caused by 300 years of slavery that continues today with poor economic circumstances and social prejudice among black people today,” he reasoned.
Tilibop also clarified that the song does not mirror the themes in Marvin Gaye’s famous What’s Going On hit from the 1960s, that was inspired by social injustices committed in the US.
“The naming of the song wasn’t deliberate. I wanted to name it Mix Up World but that’s too cliche. The song came out of the plight of a friend of mine, Yah Adani, an incredible artiste who just went missing. Last I heard he was sleeping on the benches in the parks in Brooklyn, and I went to find him but is like him disappear. I did the song in hope if him hear it, he can reach out to me,” Tilibop explained. There are plans to shoot visuals for the song next month.
Tilibop is promoting I Am Reggae which features other songs like Pirate, Psalms, All That and Promise.