Illspokinn debuts on SpitFireHipHop with his new visual for ‘The New JC’.
Brooklyn-based emcee iLLspokinn presents the video for ‘The New JC‘, a song fromÂ Vagabond Road, the collaboration EP between iLLspokinn and French DJ/producer ZaJazza. Raised in Taunton, Massachusetts by his Cape Verdean mother, iLLspokinn has collaborated with Sadat X and Grammy award-winning vocalist Maya Azucena, and was named one of Rawkus’ 50 next important hip-hop artists as part of his band Spokinn Movement. He regularly performs worldwide, recently at Super Bowl LI for the official NFL pre-party in Houston, the Atlantic Music Expo in Cabo Verde and the Timitar Festival in Morocco.
“. Itâ€™s important that people know that this conversation still has to happen today. I also wrote about my personal experiences with my family for the first time on record. I grew up in a Cabo Verde/American household. Cabo Verde is an African island country that was colonized by the Portuguese. A lot of Cape Verdeans identify with being Portuguese and not African, and that is an issue. That colonized mindset, like in a lot of cultures, carries on through generations and it affects the darker-skinned folk of that group. I also address the struggle of having close family members in the police force. I know they are good humans but Iâ€™m aware of what that badge stands for in a lot of our communities. We do NOT live in a post-racial society.”