If you want an album that drops the bomb and makes you think, you need to check out Stose’s new EP “Civil Disobedience.” It will make you unforgettable with just sitting there and watching our world go to shit. Rapper Stose goes in a different direction than what is happening with the growing LGBT rap scene these days. This new aggressive EP “Civil Disobedience,” gives a nod to Rage Against the Machine, early Beastie Boys, and an overall pissed off vibe of a time when music meant something and had a powerful message to share. With songs like “Class War,” “Murder by the State,” and “Evolution/Revolution,” you won’t be able to sit there and be complacent with today’s current affairs. Stose himself is a gay rapper, but his music reflects the entire population, with no boundaries of gender, race, or sexual preference, but a common human experience of general unrest.
This EP is exactly what the music industry needs right now, to wake everyone the fuck up. Well done Stose, you’ve really come into your own in this new EP!
I’ve been making music for twelve years now, but this EP has affected me in a way I have never experienced as an artist. The content of this EP really took its toll on me, focusing so intently on what I find unjust in this world, was mentally taxing. Flooding my brain with so much negativity was overwhelming, but at the same time, it was cathartic. Since a young age, I’ve always had an insistent urge to question authority. The idea of “resistance” was an itch that needed to be scratched, especially in the presence of authority figures; figures who were over-bearing and had a superiority complex. I would make it my mission to exploit the rules set in place, especially ones I felt were unjust or unnecessary. I only challenged rules that needed to be questioned. For example, in high school I would constantly get in trouble for the way I dressed and presented myself. From the twelve-inch tall blue mohawk, to the leather jacket covered in studs. They hated it, all of it. I would hear “you could use those studs on your jacket as a weapon.” In which my response was “yeah, but I could also use that pair of scissors on your desk as a weapon..” which got me nothing but a few days of suspension.
Living in Virginia and dressing the way I did certainly made things harder for me, but it was my choice. I did not feel connected with the majority of my peers. I didn’t get along with the over-privileged white kids in my school because I had nothing in common with them. I would sit and watch them interact with other classmates, and I don’t know if it was their wealth or their privilege, but they exuded conceitedness and even as a kid that bothered me. They bored me, their ideologies irked me and we certainly didn’t view the world from the same perspective. So I always had the need to set my self apart from them physically.
One day walking down the hallway with a bandana tied around my head, I hear “lose the headband, Tonto!” From an administrator? Culturally insensitive comments like that could be found in every corner of my high school. Then there was the time I got suspended another week for sewing a small patch on my vest that read “Fuck White Supremacy”.
Those were the situations and ideologies I felt the need to challenge. It was primal, it was uncontrollable and honestly it was quite obnoxious. I would have LOVED to be the silent kid sitting in the back of the classroom, unnoticed and unremembered, but that wasn’t me. The anger inside me would allow it. I could not keep my mouth shut in the company of ignorance.
The one thing I found I could turn to was my Creative Writing class, which very quickly became the outlet for me to voice the feelings that I could not otherwise explain. Spilling all my thoughts and emotions onto paper relieved some of that built up frustration that needed a release. As my love for music grew, the writing naturally transitioned into song writing. I would write poems and short stories every now and then, but song writing always poured out of me. Injustice and resistance to authority was a common theme from the beginning and has always inspired my music and writing one way or another. I was never very good at vocalizing how I felt about issues that bothered me, but writing gave me the chance to sit and put together my thoughts at my own pace.
I couldn’t keep my mouth shut back in high school as rednecks discharged racist bullshit at the black kids, and I can’t keep my mouth shut now, when I see the all the social injustice that plagues our planet. Eventually all this frustration and energy led me to joining a band. The first band I was in, when I was sixteen, was called Insurgency. Our first album was titled “Persist to Resist”. After releasing our album we embarked on an east coast tour to spread our music,. Then around eighteen or nineteen years old, I fronted a band called Mob Mentality writing and releasing songs such as “Civil Servants”.
Now, at the age of 26 and living in New York City, my eyes are opened to a bigger world with darker problems. Back in high school I only saw classmates, teachers and administrators. Now it’s the authoritarian police, corrupt government and corporate capitalism crippling this world. Ever since I can remember, this is what has consistently occupied my thoughts. It’s as if there is a part of my brain is solely dedicated to focusing on these issues and I’ve tried, relentlessly to turn it off, but I can’t. This spark has always been a part of me, but my time spent in Greece and Egypt doused that spark with gasoline. Witnessing actual revolution and anarchy forever changed my perspective of this world and what real change looks like. I fairly recently came to terms with the fact that this is a struggle I want to fight for, not against. I can’t stop it from happening and I don’t intend to fight it anymore. This EP, Civil Disobedience, is the first step in that direction. My lyrics are meant to encourage you see the world from a new perspective, one that can open your eyes to things you may not have thought about before. A fresh perspective can be extremely beneficial to each of us becoming a better person. I am fully aware that the content of this EP may alienate me from some of my fans/ peers. The content I’m delivering to you all is not a choice. This is what drives me at this point in my life. You may not like some of the things I have to say. But I won’t apologize for the content of the “Civil Disobedience” EP.