Jack Riedy got more of what you need than Walgreens.
“Drugs win drug war” is an Onion joke old enough to have its own medical cannabis card by now, but even as American policy shifts at a glacier’s pace, rappers are still grappling with the ramifications of drugs and dealing in real time. On their new single “Prescriptions”, Chicago duo Mother Nature seek an antidote to the addictions they’ve observed and experienced. Facing memories of her mother using crack cocaine, Klevah raps “I’ve got a strange relationship to trap” over an ominous, chromatic beat that exemplifies the genre.
The sonics are modern, but while plenty of their contemporaries wallow in their drug raps, Mother Nature has a self-empowerment steez reminiscent of ‘90s titans like Black Star and Outkast. The song even finds room for TRUTH to go full Big Rube with a spoken word passage: ”We are our own antidote, the prescription is you, find yourself and find freedom.” !The message resonates coming from a duo that’s pushed itself further since forming in Champaign, balancing European shows opening for Jamila Woods with youth hip-hop education programs.
Mother Nature’s next project “Saturn Return” is coming soon. Press play on “Prescriptions” to cure what ails ya.