The second single taken from forthcoming album ’55.4’, Sly Johnson presents ‘Alive’, a timely hip hop / soul gem on BBE Music.
Over a backdrop of languid, atmospheric beats and sultry fragments of piano melody, Sly Johnson wrestles with the tension between optimistic dreams and stark realities in this powerful piece of social commentary.
“I see a land where my heart’s relieved
My bones freed from the hand of the beast
Nights when my father can dream in peace
I see a land where woman’s not afraid to be
Police siren stop to scream
Brutality no longer runs the streets”
Following a decade of fine work with SAIAN SUPA CREW under the alias Sly The Mic Buddah, Sly Johnson has gone on to build an enviable solo career, with releases on Blue Note and Universal Jazz, and collaborations with Larry Gold, Georgia Ann Muldrow, and T3 & Elzhi from Slum Village among others. ‘55.4’, Sly Johnson’s 4th studio album, will be released on May 6th 2022 via BBE Music.