Garey Godsons long-awaited 2nd album Still I Rise dropped. In 2019, the musical journey took us to destinations like KoKo, Chosen One, Tha Juice, and Cairo. SIR captures joy, pain, vulnerability all in one chapter." Basically, the album has something for everyone: elements of RnB, Trap, and Afro-pop get fusioned together. His long-time partner, HKMK brings in the European touches and elements and is responsible for the mixing and mastering of the whole album. Still I Rise showcases phenomenal producers like Niickii, Beatsbycryptic, and Drey Andersson. It also has amazing features with artists such as Daramola Nigerian born artist based in the US, Law Austrian based rapper, and DonMD from Syria who’s also based in Germany.
Still I Rise, is a continuation to The Lift-Off and was inspired by Maya Angelou's poem. The settings narrated are in a time where racial inequality is present. The masterpiece by Maya is a poem to blackness and being able to rise above the harsh obstacles of life. The album cover, which was photographed by award-winning landscape photographer Stefan Liebermann at the dead Valley in Namibia, summarizes the whole concept of beauty during the chaos. In songs like blessings, he embraces the feeling of being so far away from home and the feeling of sadness due to the loss of his cousin to re-evaluates his faith. In KoKo and Private Trips, stereotypes about Africa get challenged by painting a colourful picture of his memories from Lagos. The African Woman and blackness are celebrated: Garey sings "You know you beautiful, don’t let anybody tell you different". In songs like Chosen One and Higher Vibrations, he portraits the sudden changes in relationships in recent times: struggles of being independent and navigating the muddy waters of the music industry are topics of the song Tha Juice.
Enjoy the listen of the Still I Rise Album.