wara from the nbhd if guns could speak

Wara From The NBHD was behind one of last year’s most slept-on projects, Kidnapped, an N*E*R*D-infused narrative of a street hustler named Piano Lessons who runs into the type of trouble that’s all-too-familiar for black kids across America. On his forthcoming EP If Guns Could Speak, however, the Atlanta-via-Brooklyn MC is broadening his scope with military-style intensity, as you’ll soon discover on the project’s first single/video, “Protect N Serve.”

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“Protect N Serve is focusing on the results that I’ve seen first hand of people I grew up around getting rejected by the system because of their criminal background and past,” Wara explains. “I felt with this record I had to speak that language, and in many ways, that’s what the EP represents: its harsh content. But this is what you hear on the daily growing up where I’m from — this negative language, slang, street codes etc.”

He continues, “‘Protect N Serve,’ from my perspective, means something totally different. It’s more of a subliminal way of telling people why we feel the way we feel about law enforcement in these black neighborhoods and why there’s crime. At this point in hip-hop and in music period, I see everyone preaching positivity, and that’s great. But I also feel the negative should be studied and questions should be asked first.

“Sonically, as an artist, I’m tired of rappers making killing and drug dealing sound pretty, when it’s really dark and fucked up. So I’m here to fill that void.”

Watch the video for “Protect N Serve” below, and stay tuned for Wara’s If Guns Could Speak EP dropping January 26 via Playin Four Keeps Records.

Also, watch Wara make a beat from scratch in the new episode of Mass Appeal‘s “Rhythm Roulette”:

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