I think we can all agree that music is one thing that helps in the journeys of life. When songs directly reflect your struggles like a mirror, you feel connected in the sense that you are not alone. Your struggle is not a solo mission but a cosmically shared experience that has not fallen on deaf ears. That shit feels good and it helps you push through. That is exactly what “Relax Lil’ Mama” made me feel like.
Yesterday, Deaudrick Williams, pictured above on his “Ebony” album cover, dropped a gem called “Relax Lil’ Mama” featuring Sounds Annon. It was a pleasure creating the cover art for the track. I already knew that the song would be something heart felt from the first chords of the beat that I heard on Instagram. Shout out to their amazing producer iLLUID.
“Relax Lil’ Mama” opens up with the lines “Hello Ms. Educated! You work too hard, baby girl. How bout we take a break.” I immediately had to run that shit back like when Summer Walker said “Honestly” in Girls Need Love. This song will give you that same feeling in your heart like Telefone by Noname and Family Business from The College Dropout. I hope you know the feeling that I’m talking about. He went on to say “The world don’t care bout black women. Baby, I know you raging.” I felt that shit because we live in a world that thrives off of unearthing the value of black women and leaving us empty. Then they make it a “stereotype” for us to be angry when in all actuality we are because of what they…society has done to us. Whew Chile. But it feels good as hell to hear black men acknowledging the struggles of black women and setting the example that we can confide in them.
Then this man said, “You know God givin’ you the toughest test right now.” I had to stop the song and shake my head because the pastor was really preaching on that line. Sometimes I walk into work wanting to burst into tears. Arguing with these kids and people at an underpaid job that I didn’t spend 5 years of college preparing for. It weighs on my mental. Many of us are trying to make sense of our paths. But what I realized, is that God blesses you and then tests you so that you can grow into the next ultimate blessing.
It’s hard not to spoil the whole song because it’s so full of gems but when Sounds Annon said “Said you not bad enough? Hold up, you lying mama. Girl I swear if looks could kill, then I’d be dying, mama.” Like, wow. Sometimes you don’t feel pretty enough and no matter how much makeup you put on, no matter how fly your fit is, you still don’t see it. These lines hit home for me and I’m sure for a lot of black girls.
These gentlemen created a whole three piece with “Relax Lil’ Mama.” Gospel, R&B and Rap. Deaudrick just dropped his album entitled “Ebony” which is streaming on all music platforms. If you thought this was amazing, go check out that project. You will not be disappointed.
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