Admittedly, ‘Born and Raised’ is a deviation from Smif N Wessun’s previous releases. However, with the genre lines becoming increasingly blurred, now seemed like the perfect time to expand upon their well-established sound. Steele states, “We made this album to add to the culture. We want this to allow people to congregate. We’re all going to reminisce about how beautiful the struggle was.“ His words convey the energy laden throughout the EP. ‘Born and Raised’ is a raw, candid acknowledgment of the past; a modern reflection of the harsh realities of the present; and a hopeful, yet uncertain outlook on the future.
‘Born and Raised’ will be available worldwide at digital retailers on Dec. 3rd. In addition, Smif N Wessun are offering a limited-edition physical bundle from the Duck Down online shop, featuring customized rolling papers, a customized grinder, illustrated t-shirt, CD Digipak and 45 vinyl with the lead singles, “Born and Raised” feat. Jr. Kelly & “Solid Ground” feat. Junior Reid.
Smif N Wessun f/ Junior Reid “Solid Ground” video link: