Ever since he made his DopeHouse debut (in 2009!!), Locksmith has been one of my favorite emcees doing it.
Starting with his I Am Lock mixtape and Embedded album with Ski Beatz in 2011, Lock has consistently released a new project every year: Labyrinth (2012), The Green Box (2013), A Thousand Cuts (2014), Lofty Goals (2015), and last year’s The Lock Sessions.
The annual streak will continue on March 31st, when Locksmith releases his highly-anticipated Olive Branch album. And today, we’re presented with the first single.
Produced by Lock, Mike Blankenship, Mike Top Notch and Matt Cody, “Agenda” finds Lock giving a raw and uncut breakdown of the roots of social inequality in our country. And with the help of an Indian, a slave, an an athlete, he delivers his message with a poignant black-and-white visual, directed by Jesse Ray Diamond.
Check it out below and pre-order Olive Branch on iTunes.