behind the scenes
The Grammy-nominated rapper and producer Kokayi, who served as the song’s producer and creative director, created three tracks for the Soul of the City workers to choose from. Here, the workers listen to the track for the first time.
After spending about a week listening to the track, and doing several brainstorming sessions with the entire group, the songwriting team and vocalists, consisting of Sefanit on the hook and the rappers Terrell, Dajuan, Dante and Jauron, composed the hook and lyrics to the song.
On Sunday, July 20th, the team went to Howard University at WHUR 96.3 FM station, where Kokayi directed and Kyle Murdock did sound engineering and the preliminary mix. Below, Kyle and Kokayi analyze and try to perfect the sound.
The Soul of the City Team then did a group critique of the track. Kokayi did the final touches, and on July 29, 2014, the team pronounced it ready to premiere to the general public. We hope you enjoy!