The best thing about a new year is the new music that comes with it. Of the new crop of releases coming this month, one of the one's we're looking forward to the most is Ghetto Gods, the sophomore album from Atlanta duo EARTHGANG. They've dropped a few singles over the past year in the lead up to the set — including "American Horror Story" and "Aretha." Now that they're coming into the home stretch, the duo has dropped their latest single "All Eyes On Me."
"All Eyes On Me" finds the fellas getting reflective about themselves and the world around them over a mellow groove that's revved up by an 808 knock and hi-hats. The rhymers touch on a lot of what the world feels today on the track, making references to the pandemic and the financial squeeze that many are feeling as it rolls on. This is especially true of the chorus, on which group member Olu (aka Johnny Venus) acknowledges the hard times while encouraging us to celebrate life anyway as he raps, "You survived last year, get your hands up / I know that money tight, that stimmy check light / I should stash some but we gon' ball for the night."
The song's video also helps illustrate this point, showing people in hoods and seemingly rural areas as they try to make it through the hardships of life. The central scene of the clip, though, focuses on the fellas sitting at a resplendent table with their family and friends while decked out in all white and gold. The image gives a sense of beauty within the struggle as food and smiles are shared.
EARTHGANG has once again delivered on this track and has us hopeful for Ghetto Gods when it arrives on January 28th.