The Narrative (buy)—the fourth studio album from Sho Baraka—addresses hot topics including social consciousness, issues of everyday life, and the struggles we all face as humans. All the topics are saturated in a Gospel worldview which informs how Sho Baraka wrestles through each train of thought. Just as Sho Baraka has grown up and matured, so has the sound of his music. While still having a hip hop backbone, the record is heavily influenced by jazz and soul. The soundscape is supported by live instrumentation, providing layers of musicality. These musical arrangements act as a soundtrack to the vivid word pictures Sho Baraka paints with his potent lyrics for the entirety of The Narrative.
Listen to the latest single, “Love, 1959,” on this page by clicking the “headphones” icon button above.
Educated at Tuskegee University and the University of North Texas, Sho Baraka studied television/film, anthropology, and public administration. He has become an artist, philosopher, and social-thought leader in contemporary culture. He has spent nine years traveling the world as a recording artist and public speaker. He has done numerous overseas activist work, ranging from race relations in South Africa to establishing musical cohorts in Indonesia. He is a founding member of nationally known Christian hip hop group 116 Clique. Sho Baraka is also the founder of Forth District. He now desires to blend his artistic platform with his academic leanings to contribute a unique perspective in both arenas in hopes of raising the standard, thereby raising the culture. Sho Baraka currently lives in Atlanta, GA and co-leads a consulting network that is active in cultural renewal.