Soul Glo is only now reaching the peak of her powers, but from her perspective, her days have never felt so numbered. Their next feature film, Diaspora issues, should be a victory lap for the Philadelphia ace team: although long hailed as one of the stars of American hardcore, they are only now gaining widespread notoriety thanks to the strength of last year Say Nigga Vol. 2, their first release for Epitaph. On the first single from the new album, “Jump!! (Ou Get Jumped!!!) ((by the future))”, it is precisely this success that makes singer Pierce Jordan burst with righteous anxiety.
Dissecting the uniquely cruel entropy that plagues black musicians, Jordan summons the ghosts of two of his most recent victims – Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke – in a dark illustration of the borrowed time he lives on. The group circles behind him, splashing distorted colors on every bar as Jordan lunges breathlessly against the target he painted on his own back in daring self-realization. “We have just left a century of performers whose cries have remained deliberately inaudible,” he yells as his comrades punctuate the words with a wall of shrill noise. He mocks those who would question his memory for the dense rhymes (“I don’t need to take mental notes when this shit is just the truth”) and cyclical liberal optimism for a better future that doesn’t never happens.
Jordan knows urgency is second nature to the convict: “Would you be surprised if I died next week?” he asks, realizing there’s not a moment to waste waiting for an answer – better attack the next riff and spin the van. As his crew defiantly charges through the minefield of minor league fame, Jordan savors a bittersweet truth: his untimely death would serve as the ultimate proof of concept for Soul Glo.