America’s history with black people and their mistreatment goes back a long way. They say the only way to learn from the mistakes of the past is to know them and compare them to the mistakes you’ve already made.
Yet still, a lot of the same mistakes have been made. And there is a lot of anger, pain and frustration throughout black communities across America asking for their just due.
But Playa Dreamz, by local DMV product Mitoga, urges black people to embrace their culture, but also look into the future and demand more.
Playa Dreamz is the embodiment of the struggle for black people across America to take themselves and their culture seriously while also being able to enjoy things that could be looked at as a distraction.
Keeping up with the Kardashians, Love and Hip Hop, the Soulja Boy-Chris Brown beef? Mitoga says all of those things are beneath us and the culture, which he calls the “8th wonder.”
Using a mix of soulful funk and some nasty guitar riffs in the back, Mitoga raps Everything ain’t always what it seems, huh/they sell ya images and and show ya scenes, huh/ but tell me do ya know just what it means, huh?
That initial line at the beginning of the song lets the listener know they’re in for a ride filled with thought, action and potential consequence after decisions are made. Not all rappers use their bars for this train of thought, but Mitoga dropped dimes of wisdom throughout the track for listeners to abide by.
Simple things like supporting black businesses, settling beefs and making a difference in your own community. The goal doesn’t lie in where we have come from and what we have endured as a people up until now, but where the ultimate goal is and what we have to do to earn it.
For some people, Mitoga’s lyricism may sound a bit condescending. Some people may believe that one can appreciate both the lighter aspects of life while also digging into the tunnels of thought that are needed to continue to advance society.
That, in itself, requires a lot in an individual. But Mitoga is not arguing that one or another is required, but rather imploring the public not to forget that both are required for Black America to truly find the Eutopia that we feel we are entitled to.
This track asks for a lot, but it’s thoughtful and powerful. It promotes independence, black culture, knowledge of the past and struggle all into just under five minutes of cleverly constructed bars, a flowing mixture of delivery that feels like a fusion between early Outkast work and more recent Kendrick Lamar pieces. That’s a struggle for most rappers, but Mitoga handles it like a champ.
Listen to the track here: