After many singles, two mixtapes and a 10 track EP called Lead The Way, Kabaka Pyramid is ready to release his first full album, titled Contraband. With media and fans buzzing about the highly anticipated album, Kabaka Pyramid / Bebble Rock and the Ghetto Youths team is set to release the first single titled ‘Can’t Breathe’. Produced by Genis Nadal and Executive Producer Damian Marley, ‘Cant Breathe’ is surely one of Kabaka’s greatest piece of art to date.
During a period where society is so superficially driven it takes a mental strength to deliver the potent lyrical message, which Kabaka Pyramid delivered in ‘Cant’ Breathe’. Inspired by Lauryn Hill, while rhythmically paying homage to Fatis Burrel of Exterminator, Kabaka Pyramid was filled with a solid foundation prior to laying down this lyrical track.
“I was watching Lauryn Hill Unplugged and I was struck by the emotions she put in her songs and I wanted the people that listen to this song, get that same feeling. The stress and strain of the system and the mental pollution we are fed day to day reminds me of feeling claustrophobic and suffocated” says Kabaka Pyramid.
‘Can’t Breathe’, depicts a painful and stressful situation many face living in a polluted system, which suffocates the betterment of the people. Feeding the minds with polluted information, feeding the souls with toxic nutrition, and filling the streets with deadly drugs, leaves the people in a state of suffering to survive. Kabaka Pyramid lyrically connects with the listeners throughout the single making sure the pain of residing in such a system resonates within the listener. With a powerful message throughout the song, Kabaka Pyramid made sure the lyrics in the chorus struck our heart.
Lyrics from the Chorus
Feel like me cyaa breathe/ inna this yah suffocation/The people living inna sufferation / Mi Cyaa Breathe / Me feel claustrophobic/ In a system where no economic growth is/ Feel like me cyaa breathe / Inna this yah suffocation/ The people living inna sufferation/ Mi cyah breathe Mi cyah breathe/ When the youths dem cyaa write and cyaa read