Getting into this timeless Sunday with some reflection on the last decade (when did we get to 2020, really?).
Sarob delivers a majestic blend of r&b, hip hop and synthy instrumental with a pinch of majestic strings, all with a powerful message:
There was a time when I was fighting to be in an industry that didn't want me. I was fighting for space in a room where space is limited, and that was suffocating. I think a lot of people can relate to that: we fight to belong in spaces that don't want us -- and for what? Because it legitimizes us? Because on the surface it looks good? "The look" is, in reality, rarely what how appears, and its benefits are often short-lived. They're ephemeral. They're impermanent, and we deserve a more lasting and enriching kind of fulfillment.
This song isn't so much about realizing the answers as it is about being willing to search for them. It's about refusing to entertain spaces that don't make room for me, and, if need be, existing in a space on my own. It's about defiance and liberation and understanding that I have value just by nature of my existence--just by breathing. We don't need to fight or squeeze to get air or beg for legitimacy. We are inherently worth something and no one can give or take away from that.
"Look Like" is part of his album Fear & Impermanence, out now.