Song Spotlight | “Sirens” by Lexx Nova (feat. Mick Jenkins)


Lexx Nova taps Mick Jenkins, fresh off the release of The Healing Component, to bring his socially sharp bars to their new and poignant track “Sirens.”

“Sirens” is nothing if not a six-minute epic, is nothing if not a journey to acceptance and perseverance in the face of racism and violence. Lexx brings a menacing and melodic flow to this track, matching the looming synth in the back of the mix. He paints a vivid and somber picture across the track, starting with the self-destructive habits of young black men in response to their disenfranchisement and their “systemic oppression.” Lexx Nova describes his first verse as capturing the “dumb mindset of young black men” not sure where to place their anger. As the song continues, the ambiguous characters of the track arrive at the idea of love to survive through the oppression. Lexx details the importance of finding self-love following a brief skit and syrupy beat switch.

Perhaps the strongest image on the song is the hushed chanting of “I’m black and I’m proud of that,” followed immediately by gunshots. Then silence.

The track ends on a note of desperation as the lyric “please stop shootin’” echoes through the beat and brings the song to a close. A powerful message backed by solid verses and a tight groove in the production makes “Sirens” a must listen for any rap fan.

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