By Jack Barnes
Surviving the streets is no small accomplishment and Atlanta’s Ralo knows that as well as any rapper. Today, joined by fellow Atlantan and frequent collaborator Young Scooter, Ralo released the video for “Survivor,” a solemn track that celebrates that both of them made it off the streets intact and pays homage to those that didn’t. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
While the beat would fit right in on any trap track celebrating a life of a crime, both Young Scooter, who supplies the hook, and Ralo go the introspective route, giving us personal lyrics about the struggles they went through and how they made it out, even though the odds were stacked against them. The video, which came out on WorldStar Hip-Hop, follows them through Atlanta traps, stash spots, and a jail as they reminisce over the near misses.
“Survivor” is a standout track from Diary of the Streets II, a full length project Ralo released yesterday. The project, a sequel to the popular Diary of The Streets I, delivers on what we have come to expect from Ralo, trap bangers with a strong melodic element and personal and introspective lyrics. He also released a preview of the music video for “Wish Me the Best,” from Diary of Streets II, that features fellow Atlantan YFN Lucci and cameos from Future and Birdman, who hosts the project. Also featuring guest appearances from Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Shy Glizzy, and with production from Southside, DJ Plugg, and Wheezy, Diary of the Streets II is a fitting monument to Ralo’s stature on the streets.
The project is the culmination of a busy summer for Ralo. Last week he released a video for “Letter To Birdman,” a tribute to one of his mentors and role models which premiered on XXL. This came a week after Noisey premiered Ralo’s Future-featuring, Southside-produced banger “My Brothers,” alongside a Q&A. Noisey also premiered the Shy Glizzy-featuring “Dear Your Honor,” Ralo’s heartfelt plea for a fairer criminal justice system. Earlier, Ralo recruited three of America’s hottest rappers for the Complex-premiered DOTS II single “Flexing on Purpose” a monstrous, lurching turn-up banger featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, and 21 Savage. Though that level of star power would dwarf a lesser artist, Ralo rises to the occasion, shining with his trademark charisma. Diary of the Streets II is a unique approach to the Atlanta sound, elevated by Ralo’s depth of feeling and force of personality. “I’m not just rapping for exposure,” explains Ralo. “I want to bring people together. I want to have a good influence on the community; I want people to stop fighting each other.”
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