Dayton, Ohio, rapper Sarob returns to the DopeHouse for the first time since his the down. album in 2015 with a single — “White Moon” — from his upcoming project, Seeing In The Dark.
The song has similarities to the acclaimed movie Moonlight, from the themes of evolving as a black man to the song’s cover, which draws shades from the movie’s inspiration, Tarell McCraney’s poem In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Sarob sings and raps about hoping his dad writes him from prison and his aspirations to be like Lonnie Lynn, a.k.a Common. He detailed the inspiration of the song in a press email:
“‘White Moon’ is about coming into my own as a man; yet, while I’m making these strides in my life, I’m dealing with the deep pain of missing someone I love,” Sarob said. “This is a central theme to my EP as a whole: things aren’t really what they seem. It’s threaded through different topics, for example, love, race relations, the music industry and adulthood. And in realizing that things aren’t what they seem, I get a clearer sense of who I really am and what the world really is.”
Listen to “White Moon,” co-produced in Sarob and Tieran, below.