Lucien Parker – “From the Jump” f. Wave Chappelle

blame it on JES7 May 15, 2016

As Millennials, we’ve all, at one point in our lives, felt like an outcast in certain situations. Whether that’s not fitting in with certain peer groups, or simply feeling like the odd man out in our families, we’ve had our brushes with being labeled the “black sheep.”

Minneapolis’ Lucien Parker understands this relatable struggle. As a young, Black man who grew up in a middle class neighborhood in South Minneapolis, Lucien was quickly “made aware of the stereotypes imposed on African American people as portrayed by the media today.”

To drive home this school of thought, Lucien set out to create a project, whose driving motif is finding Knowledge of Self, inner peace and accepting whatever curveballs life may throw at you. Through multiple recording sessions, Lucien constructed the upcoming Black Sheep EP. The process was also a twofer for the young emcee — apart from creating engaging and empathetic music, the sessions also served as therapy.

As he explains:

Music is a tool that can be used to change the world. It can be used as a platform to help eradicate a system that is hell bent on trapping people of color. I may only be a piece of the puzzle, but I will continue to make music that will continue to uplift my children, and their children after them transcending the boundaries of time and place.

Before #Blacksheep arrives, Lucien linked up with fellow friend and Milwaukee native Wave Chapelle for “From the Jump,” a song that reflects on “his successes, failures, and relationships.” Peep it below.