Ep Review: Dean Atta – ‘Love Or Money’
Social poet Dean Atta recently released his 5 track EP 'Love Or Money' for free. Within the five poems included, he conveys his insights on race and identity in an eloquently enthralling manner, provoking a deeper thought than the majority of hip-hop artists manage to do in their songs today…
Whilst Dean has been receiving both critical and public acclaim for some time now, it is with January's release of his poem 'Nobody's N****r' that his talent really crossed over to a mainstream audience. The poet has been seen and heard on Channel 4, BBC Radio, 6 Music and is pushing views to over 40,000 on SB.TV.
Within the poem he calls for the derogatory term to be outlawed by all users regardless of race, beseeching Kanye and Jay-Z amongst other high-profile artists to drop it from their vocabulary, highlighting the consequences of the term in its focus on Stephen Lawrence's murder.
With 'Mother Tongue', Dean brings to light the universal theme of identity and talks about how a person's relationship with their roots helps to better understand themselves.
The title track 'Love or Money' revolves around the metaphor that we are in a "recession of love.” Whilst people teach us how to earn money, they don't tell us of the importance of how to love. His beautifully constructed sentences bring attention to the hypocrisies in society and asking the overriding question - out of the two, which would make for a better world?
The final track 'Poems' where he says "I don't want to write my needs, but yours and mine combined" showcases in just a snippet why and how he excels at his craft. Dean Atta is not just a poet; he is a social commentator that captures the essence of the time.
Accompanied by beautiful instrumentation throughout, 'Love Or Money' focuses on universal themes that everybody can relate to. His words in their construction and delivery are able to provoke enough thought within someone to potentially act as a vehicle of change for the better.
'Love or Money' is available for free download now.
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Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)