Putting together this album has been a journey. Let it be known that we, Colours of the Culture, have been doing this shit since we were 14. All this time has passed, and yet, this is my first project to date.
This isn’t just an album. This is a story.
This is about a struggle, a search for meaning in a world diluted with hate & hollowness.
But through our art, our inner most self-expression, we can breathe life into our souls again.
Please take time to listen, enjoy, support & share this album with your friends, family & music fans. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
I do this for the culture. I do this for hip-hop.
Since emigrating from the Middle East, my family & I have just managed to get our footing in this new soil of America.
We are immigrants. This album, is essentially an immigrant’s manifesto, a story about the trials of the minority class, the disenfranchised; people of all backgrounds who, for whatever reason, felt the biggest brunt of institutionalzied social injustice. But this is also a story about the struggle of my people, the Armenian nation, which struggled to escape colonial onslaught in the 20th century, a crime still largely unheard, which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians. Apparently we haven’t reached the benchmark for being labeled a holocaust yet.
This album is for my home country, my refuge, my being…Syria. This is for Palestine, beautiful Palestine, still, resilient after all these years.
This is for resistance. This is for ferguson. This is for Trayvon Martin. This is for Hrant Dink. This is for Serena Shim. This is for Rachel Corrie. This is for Malcolm X. This is for Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, & Razan Abu-Salha.
This is for FREEDOM.
May we all find peace & happiness.
I leave you with this:
Abandon your worries. Trust in the universe. Believe in your passions. March forth. March 3rd, actually. YALLA!
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Colours of the Culture & Javotti Media present Brutus, the first album in stores by Brazilian hip-hop artist NIKO IS, produced entirely by Thanks Joey & distributed by FatBeats. This album will be available in stores and online tomorrow February 3rd, 2015, both in CD & Vinyl.
Stop by your local music shop to peep this incredible piece of art put together by Colours of the Culture. The album features Good Music’s Cyhi the Prince, Kool a.D. from the Bay & BK legend Talib Kweli.
Here is a list of the stores that will be carrying copies of the album across the US:
ACCESS MUSIC – SAN DIEGO, CA
AMOEBA RECORDS- LA & BERKLEY, CA
CRIMINAL RECORDS- ATLANTA, GA
EAR CANDY MUSIC – MISSOULA, MT
FUTURE SHOCK – PORTLAND, OR
GRIMEY’S MUSIC – NASHVILLE, TN
INDEPENDENT RECORDS – COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
LOVE VINYL RECORDS – AURORA, CO
PARK AVE CDS – ORLANDO, FLRECKLESS RECORDS – CHICAGO, IL
ROCK & SOUL – NEW YORK, NY
SILVER PLATTERS – SEATTLE, WA
THE SOUND GARDEN – BALTIMORE, MD
TWIST AND SHOUT – DENVER, CO
UNDERGROUND HIPHOP – BOSTON, MA
WATERLOO RECORDS – AUSTIN, TX
ZIA RECORDS – PHOENIX, AZ
CARGO RECORDS – LONDON
JUNO RECORDS – LONDON
GIBERT JOSEPH MUSIQUE – PARIS
HHV HANDELS – BERLIN
JET SET – TOKYO
RED EYE RECORDS – IPSWICH
You can purchase it online here: http://kweliclub.com/products/niko-is-brutus-cd & http://www.fatbeats.com/products/niko-is-brutus-cd
You can also purchase original “Colours of the Culture X Ides of March” collaborative Brutus T-Shirts at the following link: http://www.iomxv.com/product/brutus-collab
1. Cherry Beamer Dreaming
2. Keys to the Kingdom
3. Bye Bye Donnie Brasco
4. Carmen ft. Talib Kweli
5. Nobody’s Watching
6. Thinking Of
7. Private Room
8. Bubba ft. CyHi the Prynce
10. Tahiti Hawaii
11. Saturday in BK
12. We Know ft. Kool A.D.
13. All She Wrote
Artwork by Yousef Elsayed/@itsjuice.