From being an avid supporter of Black Lives Matter, to discussing the need of feminism in South Asian culture, ADZ has crafted an authentic brand of politically charged hip hop that blends cultural history with modern day struggles. The Mumbai born but South London based artist explores themes that are increasingly relevant in recent times. ADZ’s latest track is entitled “Revolutionary Suicide”, produced by @sinhbeats. The London emcee got the jump on March Madness 2017 with a creatively unhinged and politically charged salvo likely to rival any to follow. It also doubles as a thoughtful companion piece to his previous stuff.
Punctuated with ADZ’s wit and personality “Revolutionary Suicide” can feel like the clearing of a table, rather than a feasting banquet. But in this lies its power and greatest asset: Being an independent artist and hence with the stakes low and under the radar, ADZ can air out his demons, take a confrontational view, and bask in the afterglow of his personal thoughts where no one can touch him.
It’s worth acknowledging that ADZ is in his prime and everything is implicitly charged with meaning. Maybe the only answer to systematic oppression is corporeal gratification. Maybe a mantra like “if they didn’t die, then we probably wouldn’t notice…” is too forcibly realistic to just ignore in our time, so why do we?
But it is a great message delivered with passion and an insight unequivocal from anyone else working today. It’s hard to think of another young artist who would inject so much of himself and his spirit into a project as short as this one. The track only lasts for about two minutes.
“Revolutionary Suicide” has a referential nature is bold and intentional. ADZ lyrically invites weighty comparisons to all-time greats such as Common Nas and Kendrick and does, so on a track lathered in undeniable rhythm and a universal theme.
Timing, perspective and execution separate the borrower and the biter, the generalistic and the genius. For the 2-minute duration, ADZ revels in his inspirations while simultaneously pushing artistic margins through his visceral dramatization of the age in which we live. “Revolutionary Suicide” is ambitious in its attempt to inspire a generation to change the world for the better and may be poignant enough to actually do so.