Amidst a world grappling with injustice, economic instability, and moral decay, Brooklyn artist Khemist Mayfield emerges with his latest album, "A List Of Demands." This 18-track LP transcends the boundaries of mere music, offering a profound auditory journey through the trials, tribulations, and systemic challenges that black individuals confront daily
The album's leading single, "Night Night," featuring the iconic DJ Jazzy Jeff, delves into the transformative journey from the unforgiving trenches to the distinct challenges faced by superstars. Khemist Mayfield employs his artistry to vividly depict the pervasive influence of guns and drugs on his environment and his continuous struggle to navigate these perilous waters as a musician. "A List Of Demands" seamlessly melds an array of unique sounds, echoing Khemist's fervent call for societal change while offering moments of musical levity. Tracks like "Mexico" combine Khemist's lyrical prowess with soulful guitar strings and ethereal female vocals, crafting a narrative of a paradise that is fleeting for some but everlasting for others.
In "Filthy Water," featuring Ursula Rucker, Khemist Mayfield's rapid-fire verses explore life's unrelenting challenges and the fight for respect in the hood. The song's hook compels listeners to reflect on how their roots may have stifled their growth. Ursula Rucker's poignant interlude, opening with a powerful Zora Neale Hurston quote – "If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it" – inspires listeners to unlock the key to their freedom and elevate their vibrations to transcend adversity. With exceptional production by Anwar Marshall, Jack Union, and Anthony Bell, the album provides a captivating and distinctive sonic experience. The collaboration of notable artists, including executive producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, adds diverse voices to this groundbreaking musical manifesto. Khemist Mayfield, a Philadelphia-bred artist and award-winning songwriter, rapper, poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, hailing from the city's Logan Valley, brings a unique perspective.
"A List Of Demands" invites us to join Khemist Mayfield on this remarkable journey and explore the transformative power of music. It serves as a powerful agent for change, shedding light on injustice, and inspiring meaningful conversations.
Keep in tune with Khemist's latest releases: "Streets Don’t Love No One," "Dance For Me," and "Night Night." Connect with Khemist Mayfield on social media to stay engaged with his musical vision and his dedication to social change.