Written/Edited by Gabriel Al-Shaer
Orlando-based artist Raza drops off his most recent work, “Insomnia,” – an ambient track that looks to explore the process of his come up. The gorgeous and experimental production by STVFFCRVST sets a canvas for Raza upon which he can paint his picture. Raza spits, “My raps too holy these are Bibles and Qu’Rans.” The lyrics feature many allusions to holy figures, which allows for interesting interpretations of the meaning behind the song, and especially Raza’s background as a Pakistani artist.
The climax of the song comes when Raza begins to belt out, “The city never sleeps, dawg the city never sleeps!” The hook transforms the song from something hypnotic and relaxing, to something that resembles an awakening – as if Raza, himself, at that moment, realizes the power the city of Orlando has as a place of culture, and his place within it. “Insomnia,” is Raza’s biggest song to date. Let’s hope he can keep the momentum going along with all of Orlando. Stream the rest of Raza’s catalogue here, find STVFFCRVST’s catalogue here, and make sure you stream, “Insomnia,” below.
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