The world through the eyes of AKAI SOLO has always provided for a unique perspective. Ride Alone, Fly Together, often referred to simply as RAFT, is a one-sided conversation with AKAI on how he sees the multiple landscapes arranged by the world in which we live in, the world we experience every day as inhabitants, told through raps over hazy and dreamy production lent by common collaborators such as iblss, Roper Williams, and iiye, with more arrangements provided by Ahwlee, rbchmbrs, David Earle, and FlowClark. Fellow rappers Lungs and Pink Siifu also lay their voices on a couple of the tracks here, working with AKAI SOLO to craft an hour-long display of raw skill and talented pen.
Of course nobody can describe the music and perspectives of AKAI SOLO better than the man himself, who seemingly always has an esque-level summary up his sleeve, which you can read below.
"The progression of enduring struggle and pursuing a pure freedom has led us here. This one is the culmination of everything awkward in the world and people that I have observed. Death to naïveté. The ideal does not always align in reality. How does one reconcile that? It varies with every person I figure but the core concept present in my opinion is adaptability. Harnessing that fluidity is imperative to make it to the climax of this chaos. It will change you. If you weren't meant to you'd have withstood the initial conflict in the first place. Once an impression has been made, you've been breached. What's happening inside? The status of those wounds? Hmmm... yeah. Onwards towards sharpening to maximize utility in all realms by any means necessary. Hyper peace and love to everyone involved for enduring this storm. Y'all helped find this a centered conclusion in the end. I just transcribed. Only forward. Peace and power to Tase Grip for better or worse." - AKAI SOLO
This record is pressed on two 140g disks which are housed in a wide-spine jacket. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP. Front and back artwork crafted by Rob Gibsun and Reem Unknown, respectively. Obi strip design by J. Park.
1. Intro 2. The Way That I Chose 3. 4P (feat. Lungs) 4. Stand Alone Calm 5. Beast of Gratitude 6. Full Blunt Alchemist 7. Ra's Hue 8. Get It Together 9. With The World In Mind (feat. Pink Siifu) 10. Kizuna pt. 2 11. Color of Conquerors 12. Mika's Impetus 13. Ride Alone 14. Panther Lily 15. Loaded Perspectives 16. Wind God Moves 17. Never Neglect Instinct
Black (w/ obi) /100 Transparent Light Blue / Opaque Hot Pink /200
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