CMNWLTH is proud to present “Not A Soldier,” the trailblazing single from the powerhouse duo SKAM2? and Shottie, marking the debut release of their upcoming collaboration album in 2024. Dropping on February 6th, this track is a potent combination of razor-sharp lyricism and intricate rhythms, showcasing the distinct talents of both artists.
The single explores themes of genuineness versus pretense, skill versus hype, and the artists’ refusal to conform to the superficial standards often glorified in the music scene. Both artists deliver hard-hitting bars that are technically impressive and rich in content. Co-produced by Shottie and SKAM2?, the production echoes the nostalgia of boom-bap while infusing contemporary rhythms and soundscapes that resonate with today’s audience. It’s a sonic homage to hip-hop roots and an innovative approach that speaks to the genre’s ever-evolving nature.
Shottie, the Dominican-born Miami virtuoso, commands attention with his innovative wordplay and striking imagery. With a reputation solidified by his solo hits like “GOAT FARM” and “DEATH OCCURRED LAST NIGHT,” Shottie’s relentless drive echoes in his music, earning acclaim across prominent radio shows and setting the bar high for lyrical prowess.
Shottie’s verse “I hear a lotta sheep talking like they goat / But we gon’ see if this animal blood could wash off they coat,” a line that exemplifies his skill in weaving complex rhymes that question the authenticity and confront the industry’s facades.
SKAM2?, the Jamaican-born Miami Carol City legend, is revered not only for his collaborations with icons like Eminem and Ill Bill but also for his sinister visual art that has graced albums by A Tribe Called Quest and others. His hard-hitting blend of rock and hip-hop music reflects his eclectic taste and capacity to create vivid auditory landscapes.
SKAM2?’s verse “Paint like I’m insane / But will they ever see the big picture? I don’t know / I guess it depends on how it’s been framed” showcases his mastery as both a visual and musical artist, playing with the concept of perspective in art and criticism.
“Not A Soldier” isn’t just a song; it’s a statement. With SKAM2?’s incendiary verses and Shottie’s dynamic flow, the track confronts pretense with raw honesty, leaving an indelible mark on the listener. Prepare to experience the embodiment of dedication and raw talent with this electrifying single. The single showcases individual talent and a synergistic collaboration that promises to elevate the upcoming album.