Price & KOTA The Friend – Maya

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Artist: & KOTA The Frien
Album: Maya
Year: 2020

The unorthodox MCs join forces for a track with heartfelt flow. While ’s name may ring more familiar in some circles, it is Audio Push member, , who managed to secure the lead in the pair’s single, “MAYA”. , now seeking to release his first solo album, found a bigger break for his solo-career than most when he acquired a deep-seated feature from KOTA.

Still, the pair exchanges verses seamlessly, as if they were old friends catching up. A tender horn radiates and echoes in a wavering melody as a sharp percussion of rapid hi-hats and rustic claps ensue.

The countering elements clash beautifully, as a somber apparatus serves as the backdrop for the lyrical contemplation we’d expect of an elder statesman kindred to Black Thought, as opposed to an artist still prepping for the release of their debut album.

’s impending release, CLRD., is slated to drop on October 16th, with “MAYA” serving as the third and potentially final tease of the album’s contents.

Despite the narrow range of songs for comparison, “MAYA” readily shows at a new lyrical height as he goes back-to-back with KOTA. A reference to the acclaimed Maya Angelou book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, the pair likens the socioeconomic disenfranchisement of African-Americans to a colored bird whose beauty is restricted by a cage.

Quotable Lyrics:

  • You see it’s bad enough when we
  • See cops that gotta frisk and smoke
  • But then we hear stupid sh*t, like you know
  • Black people kill each other the most
  • As if it ain’t human nature to kill or attack whatever is close
  • Whatever comes with a negative approach
  • It’s another way to put a rope on our throats
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