Get ready, revolutionaries. Never before has the need been greater, and rising to meet the challenge of standing down the greatest empire to ever clutch the life of our world in its talons is a hip hop warrior of such poise and power that no amount state propaganda can counter the force of her message. If you haven’t heard of Alais Clay, then it’s time you found out what the revolution sounds like. With lyrical acumen ranging from lethal ferocity to tenderness and spiritual attunement, she charges into the uncertain future of our world with a stirring cry of courage and self-empowerment, calling out the long-running lies of revolving-door empires and calling us to make our stand for our freedom.
Grounded in the deep wisdom of timeless indigenous perspective, Alais is fighting as much for the Earth as she is for her own life, and her latest album, Elevated Frequencies, embodies this dynamic combination of political dissent and activism with a natural perspective on what it means to care for our world.
I first met Alais Clay three years ago after she put on a rollicking show at Anarchapulco, and I have been following her music ever since. Her first two albums, End of an Era and Reverse Hypnosis, are also centered on the potent and inspiring message of awakening and liberation, but I feel that she’s really taken it up a notch with Elevated Frequencies, which I consider to be a masterpiece of production, with thundering beats, beautiful instrumental hooks, and lyrical prowess that flows right to the heart. For those who just like to groove to the sound of a solid beat, this music will get you up on your feet, but for those who yearn for a better world, it will swell your chest with inspiration and pride, your fists in the air even as tears escape your eyes.
While Elevated Frequencies avoids the specifics of party politics, it goes deep into the political issues of our day, with a clear intent to refuse the rule of our modern system while maintaining a sense of compassion for those who, blindly perhaps, are following the earth-killing edicts of those in power. In the track We Will March, which brings to mind the Standing Rock conflict of last year, we find condemnation of corporate destruction of our world without losing sight of the humanity that mans the machines of this process.
“We implore to the officials but they ignore us, so the hardcore chain themselves to the equipment, just to get the men behind to listen. We here for you too; you and your children’s children. If you keep drilling your action’s slowly gonna kill them. We know you’ve got a family and you need to get paid, but I assure you, there’s another way.”
In the next song, With Earth as My Witness, which starts out with an epic piano lick, Alais touches on an issue of great interest to me – the illegitimacy of our justice system.
“They set up courts ruled by self-appointed lords, the lawless ones demand that we abide by their laws, despite the genocide and decimation of Turtle Island.
They want us to seek peace from a system built on violence, but no more silence, the set up isn’t hard to see; it’s all built on murder, lies, rape, and theft and usury. For their crimes against humanity and all that they’ve destroyed, I declare the whole system null and void.”
Log 333 follows, laying out the process by which our population is being managed through such things as fluoride, GMOs, and EMFs. Guest MC Steve Grant weighs in with a verse of fast flowing rhymes, backing up Alais in her mission. As she states in the song, she was “sent here to open minds and show man that anyone can override the program.”
“Remember who you really are, sacred child of the stars. Break the spell see through the façade. The culture you were raised in, a carefully designed fraud, elite control freaks playing God. Obsessed with eugenics, manipulating genetics, turning the natural world synthetic.”
What I really like about Alais’s music, which is well exemplified by Elevated Frequencies, is how it combines the hard-hitting message of resisting tyranny while maintaining a focus on love and finding the divine through interconnectivity, both with one another and with the natural world. We get glimpses of this in tracks like Shine On, where we’re reminded that “The universe is asking you dance to the rhythm of the seasons and the rhythm of the moon.”
And again, in Back to the Land: “Been through the fires, been through the flood, made of the stars and made of the mud. Fought in the war with the angels above, learning that nothing’s more powerful than love.” The chorus of this song sounds as if it was written to be the theme song of Permagora, so close does it come to encapsulating the general message of my work.
“Yes! May we rise now. Going back to the land with my tribe now. Leaving a world of material greed for a world of good soil and seeds. Where my people live free and we building a way better life for our children. We see our connection, trying to be a good reflection…”
In a sense, Alais did write these words for me, as she plainly states in the song Reality Check: “If you’re listening to this music then I made this for you, interplanetary revolutionary roots crew.”
I’m proud to be part of the interplanetary revolutionary roots crew, and I send the call out to all who might hear: It’s not too late to save our world, and we need you to step up and do your part. Only you know what exactly your role to play is, and only you can play it. Welcome to the resistance.
In the spirit of the new economy that is emerging, Alais Clay offers all of her music for free on her website, though you can, of course, pay to download the songs so you can have them in your library. High caliber independent music like hers is only possible through the support of fans, so I encourage you to buy as many tracks as you can. If nothing else, share the link far and wide, not only to support Alais, but to support the movement that she represents. We vote with our dollars and we vote with our clicks, so let’s start sending more traffic the way of the new paradigm, supporting artists who speak the truth, and cleansing our minds and our playlists of the drivel that mainstream entertainment industrial complex churns out.
Many thanks to Alais, and to all the other artists out there who are speaking their truth and calling for a better world. We’ve got a long way to go, but there can be no doubt that we are moving. What an exciting ride!