The grind never stops for Brooklyn rapper Thutmose. On his new track "Still I Rise," premiering exclusively on Billboard, the rising MC shoots down the naysayers and seeks to inspire fellow "underdogs" to persevere.
Blurring the line between hip-hop and dance music, the anthemic track begins with a soaring, ominous beat and later expands into a groovy, danceable tune. Here, the Brooklyn rhymer lays down a catchy hook reminiscent of Maya Angelou's famous "Still I Rise" poem and raps: "They want to see me fail, love to see me down/ Tryna kick me out, but still I rise."
“I made this song to motivate the underdogs who constantly carry a chip on their shoulder, faced with obstacles, to never forget that there’s no circumstance you can’t overcome," he tells Billboard. "I remember being in the midst of a bomb blast while living in Lagos, Nigeria when thousands of people were jumping in the river fearing for their lives, seeing how people stood together and rose up inspired me."