TORONTO (May 29, 2017) Toronto based emcee and producer, XOLISA (pronounced Koh-LEE-sah), releases the 3rd single off of her self-produced debut album, “And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges”, entitled, “What’s The Motive?”
Written and produced by the Trinidadian-Canadian, “What’s The Motive?” stands as a song comprised of Xolisa’s thoughts boldly spoken out loud, as she takes a long, hard look at the past and present state of the lives of Black men and women. The result is an unapologetic anthem of resilience, strength and a refusal to see herself, and the men and women around her as nothing less than beings that are great, powerful and deserving of fair treatment.
“What’s The Motive?” carries with it a dark and haunting production of eerie harmonies, surging drums and a nakedness that is intentionally left bare, yet wields a powerful force in its minimalism. You hear it from the moment you press play – a force that is deeply felt and has a way of surrounding and swallowing its listener’s whole. Xolisa carefully crafts a production that is constructed to serve only one purpose- to provide an unbreakable and unmovable back bone for her own effortless, syncopated lyrical execution to stand on, as Xolisa weaves in and out, over and under the song’s sturdy rhythm, stringing together the past and the present with lyrics such as, “The same cry, just different tears; coming from a new voice to different ears; the same talk, they talked, I’m talking: X, King, Parks, same incline just different gears; the same cut, just a different set of shears; the same pain and the same disdain for my pigment…”
"What’s The Motive?" stands as yet another stamp of Xolisa's signature production and lyrical delivery - melding the worlds of Hip Hop's boom bap past with a heavy nod to the future. Listeners are given yet another page to the “And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges” story of humanity’s exodus from where we are, to where we need to be on this “bridge”.