Houston-based activist, community leader, and rapper Trae Tha Truth has partnered with fellow change-maker and independent hip-hop artist Mysonne “The General” to announce the release of a social justice inspired collaboration entitled If You’re Scared Stay Inside. Slated for release on February 20th, The World Day of Social Justice, the album is endorsed and will be released exclusively by WorldStarHipHop [WSHH].
In preparation for the upcoming album launch, WSHH has dropped two compelling visuals for singles “You Know How We Coming” and “Time for Change”; a chilling, extended animated video by Trae Tha Truth and Mysonne that features Styles P, Bun B, Ink, TIP, Anthony Hamilton, Conway, Krayzie Bone, E-40, and David Banner. Moved by the tragic murder of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville Police, the artists both uprooted themselves and relocated from their respective hometowns to Kentucky last year to protest the beloved essential worker’s death. While in Louisville Trae and Mysonne decided to use their talents to capture the momentum of the movement through a collection of protest-motivated anthems. Recording the project however was no easy feat as the fight for justice lingered on for weeks with both Trae and Mysonne being wrongfully arrested twice, for simply peacefully protesting. The project strives to keep reform top of mind while being voices for the unheard and underrepresented. If You’re Scared Stay Inside consists of 14 songs including standout singles; “You Know How We Coming”, “Difference”, “Time for Change” and “Lyrical Cypher” as well as contributions from producers Ayo N Keyz, who were recently ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Producers Chart. Each piece of the collective acts as a unique reflection of the current social climate, the on-going work being made to enact reform, and the sentiments of foot soldiers like Trae, Mysonne, and the others committed to seeing it happen. The February 20th release date was selected as a nod to the international efforts to promote social justice and the continued fight to remove barriers surrounding race, gender, religion, human rights and social protections.
“As long as people in this country are subjected to systematic racism, inequality, and criminal justice disparities, our work is not done,” says Trae Tha Truth. “I am even more dedicated to using my voice and the platform I have as an artist to echoing the voices of the people and protecting their rights and liberties.”
No stranger to activism Trae is noted for being a prolific figure in the Houston community. In the past year alone he has donated to COVID-19 relief funds, held voter registration drives, and provided essential items for natural disaster victims, he jointly organized a peaceful march of over 80,000 people for George Floyd, and spearheaded a Juneteeth Ride for Justice. He was recently honored and recognized for his work at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
The Bronx, NY native Mysonne “The General” splits his time between spitting introspective, brutally honest, and socially conscious lyrics and working to change the social and economic conditions of impoverished communities. He is the co-founder of the intersectional social justice organization Until Freedom, an avid community organizer, and frequently dedicates his time to speaking out against biased policing and inequity in the criminal justice system.
“This project speaks directly to the work we’ve done and are doing to right the wrongful deaths of Breonna, George and the countless others who have had their lives cut short at the hands of law enforcement,” adds Mysonne “We hope that our music can act as motivation and battle anthems for those who are dedicated to justice being upheld in our communities and beyond. This Black History Month in particular we’re reminded that though we’ve come far, we still have much further to go.”
This project speaks directly to the work the artists have done to right the wrongful deaths of Breonna, George Floyd, and countless others who have had their lives cut short at the hands of law enforcement. While standing for Breonna Taylor in Louisville Trae and Mysonne decided to use their talents to capture the momentum via a collection of protest-motivated anthems, and recording the album was no easy feat as the fight for justice lingered on for weeks with both artists being arrested twice while protesting. This is hugely relevant to countless Americans, particularly during this intense racial and political climate.
We got a chance to speak with Trae Tha Truth to talk his upcoming album releasing on World Justice Day w/ rapper and activist Mysonne, what should fans expect from the project, favorite tracks off the album, community work, biggest revolutionary artist in his opinion, being wrongfully arrested while peacefully protesting + much more.
His project ‘If You’re Scared, Stay Inside’
What fans should expect from new project w/ Mysonne.
Doing work in the community.
Should rappers speak up about social injustices.
Being wrongfully arrested twice.
Top 5 rappers.
Biggest revolutionary artist in his opinion.
Artist he would like to collaborate with.
What RESPECT. means to him.
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