Trunk Music – [Ric Wilson] x [LPXIV]

“I wrote this song two years ago and shot this video one year ago. When I heard this beat my cousin made, it reminded me of seeing Grand Prix on southside blocks as a shorty and hearing the loud music coming from sound systems. Just like those boomin trunks, we are rebellious, we are loud, and we don’t need to be understood.” — Ric Wilson

Proud Chicagoan Ric Wilson recently released a visual for his song “Trunk Music” and it’s absolutely phenomenal. The offering fittingly follows Wilson’s protest anthem “Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P,” which directly paid homage to Ida B. Wells and Marsha P. Johnson.  Aside from his artist tag, Wilson is known for his abolitionist advocacy and resolute activism. Thematically, “Trunk Music” serves to empower past and present revolutionaries that have contributed/are contributing to the reversal of discriminate systemic barriers. With exuberant brass production from LPXIV, Sam Veren’s trumpet masterfully emphasizes the record’s serious tone. Niko the Great’s keys and Reggie Got Beat’s key bass further harmonizes the track, while Ric Wilson employs smooth vocals over powerfully unapologetic commentary. Downplaying the need to praise politicians and government officials, the entire vibe of the song is stunningly uplifting in every regard. Asking the questions of “Without a bass what is the music,” and “What is a win without the losing,” “Trunk Music” groovily reminds that there will be lows throughout a struggle, but the highs will always return granted the strength and unison of the people. Watch the brilliantly co-directed A Solo Vision & Mauricio Reyes visual below!