“Kill The Gods” is an album by Young Socrates based on the 1942 Albert Camus book “The Myth of Sisyphus” and influenced by Camus’ philosophy that touches on the moments in our lives when daily routine, such as going to work and back, and all our efforts seem pointless and misdirected much like that of pushing a rock up a hill. Calling back to Camus’ philosophy as a solution to his nihilistic point of view, Socrates uses unique synth melodies and one of a kind production to create a thrilling, energetic and sometimes scary soundscape that elevates the dark gritty and introspective lyrics. Kill The Gods is available on all streaming platforms.
“Devil In The Streets” is a haunting and eerie track that makes me feel like I’m caught in the heat of a good horror movie right before the action is about to begin. With lyrics and melodic lines that send you into a trance with the hypnotic flow of each unique and thrilling noise found throughout this song. Songs like “Devil In The Streets” that have complicated layers and specific lyrics often are trying to deliver a message to the listener, and Young Socrates does a phenomenal job of luring his audience to listen closely and try to decipher the meaning behind the words. Socrates voice has a lower tone to it, but he doesn’t hesitate from his melody and shows real talent in creating a beautiful flow to his lyrics and an unforgettable beat. “The world is evil, weapons lethal” is just topics mentioned in this emotion and passion packed track as Socrates talks about issues happening in our society, what it’s like and even mentions “The devil walking in the streets” which could be a reference to all the temptation that humans have around us more recently. “Devil In The Streets” is a deep, methodic and philosophical track that I highly suggest you take a dive into and further ponder all the tiny details of this big song.
Listen to "Devil In The Streets Here and get to know more about Young Socrates below!
Hey Young Socrates! What an interesting and profound sound! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and how you found your passion for music?
I fell in love with music at an early age. I started trying to write songs when I was 10, singing along to Disney channel trying to deconstruct and understand how the songs were written. I think it's funny how I'm a rapper who learned how to make music from the Disney channel.
What is the meaning behind “Devil In The Streets” and what message are you trying to deliver to your listeners through the album?
Devil in the streets is the single from my EP kill the gods. Kill the gods is an alternative hip-hop EP exploring themes from the 1942 Albert Camus book “The Myth of Sisyphus” on the EP I use a dark and alternative sound scape to portray what it's like to be in the head of someone who is realizing that their best efforts are worth nothing, and realizing that everything is worthless. The original mythology of Sisyphus shows a man cursed by the gods to push a rock up a hill for all eternity, and Everytime he reaches his goal the rock falls down the hill again making him have to push the rock right back up the hill. This I a cruel punishment be for in his life on Earth his goal was to evade death so in the afterlife he was punished to an eternity of meaningless labor. In the book Camus describes the moments in our lives when ideas of the world no longer fit with what we see, when our daily routine seem pointless and misdirected. I wanted to make every track accurately depict what this feels like but ultimately give meaning to this feeling. I don't propose a solution to this feeling because I believe that the only way to escape this Nihilistic point of view is by embarrassing it and finding solace in absurdism, because nothing really matters. I made Devil in the streets to help myself give meaning find meaning in chaos occupying my mind being raised in a Christian house hold coming to this absurdist realization flipped my world upside down and made me question everything I believed in.
What is your creative process like for new music and finding new sounds?
I never stop writing I'm always working on new ideas for songs and concept it's a lot easier to have fresh ideas if you don't quit looking.
Are there any other philosophers that inspire you and where else do you draw inspiration from?
I'm a big fan of Albert Camus, and I draw the most inspiration from my surroundings.
What’s next for Young Socrates in 2019?
More music and hopefully a tour in the fall, I'm independent so everything is on my shoulders.
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