Afeni by Rapsody ft PJ Morton
This album will be the gift of Hip-Hop I will share with my four daughters. It’s a beautiful stream of thought that was so carefully crafted by such an elite emcee the Queen Rapsody. It’s been long overdue for me to feature one of Raps’ many songs on this page. I believe this entire album, “Eve”, speaks with a boldness on topics specific to the struggles and triumphs of the Black Woman. Each track named after a phenomenal Queen. “Afeni” will be the featured track. So many layers. The song samples 2Pac’s “Dear Mama”. The sample, which I believe is the core of his message, becomes the foundation of what Rap’s song “Afeni”, named after Pac’s mom, delivers. The opening words “My brother, I love you” gave me chills because the sentiment is so pure. It brings the listener in to receive what follows. And what follows in this verse is a rude awakening of how we (as Black Men) have not been the Kings our Black Queens deserve of us. It speaks of how we have overlooked them as a mechanism of our own self-hatred. She then appeals to the heart of Black Men to rekindle our love for ourselves (Black people) by completing the puzzle and inserting the missing piece, loving the Black Woman. The second verse is directed to the Black Women and Black Man as a validation of what they (the Black Woman) have felt, thought, and lived and a continued decree to Black Men. So moving. This song also features a sample from Denice Williams “Free”, which makes me think about the paradox of this song. Are we still slaves to the years of conditioning that allow us to continuously miss the mark of living in our true purpose of passion for one another? Can we begin to heal from the hurts we have caused each other? Black women have always been a safe space for black men. We appreciate you. I appreciate you. Please! I advise you, GO LISTEN TO THIS SONG, THIS ALBUM!