After the unjust killing of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement pushed forwards with incredible ongoing momentum. With worldwide protests sparking up to demand justice.
Many musicians have joined in the fight against police brutality and racial injustices. They have been using their lyrical and musical abilities to spread awareness. However, one genre has stood out amongst the rest. With deeply connected roots to these issues, the Hip-Hop scene has seen an explosion in protest songs, with rappers dropping numerous protest songs to raise their voices & amplify the cause.
One upcoming artist who can be added to this list is Toka Fly. The Toledo, Ohio-born artist has seen a lot of struggles in his life which includes a 7-year stint in federal prison.
Led by the timeless inspirational words of the great Martin Luther King Jr, ‘Fed Up!’ sees Toka discussing the death of George Floyd, the worldwide #BlackLivesMatter protests and the historic black wall street. It is, in fact, the black wall street reference that is the song’s most powerful moment as Toka raps:
“Who was this concerned when a hundred died on black wall street?”
This is then followed by an intentional silence, driving home Toka’s point that while George Floyd’s death may very well be a historical tipping point, #BlackLivesMatter is entering a new stage of forward momentum & change.
Exuding the same energy that was felt when 50 Cent burst onto the scene with his formidable debut ‘Get Rich or Die’ Tryin’, Toka Fly’s infectious personality and knack for making unforgettable rap music are the building blocks for an entertainment career that will be one for the ages.
Antonio K. Overton AKA Toka Fly’s story is one of redemption built upon the foundation of street life which included a 7-year sentence in federal prison.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Toka was brought up by his mum and was the only boy in a family with four sisters. An avid athlete, Toka played numerous sports and had aspirations of going pro with his gifted physical talents. But as is the story for too many youths in America, the street life grabbed a hold of Toka.
Rapping has always come naturally to him, now on a different path what better way to mark the start of his new journey than with a solid track to amplify the message & importance of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
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