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CHICAGO’S OWN ‘POPE OF HIP HOP’
SIR THE BAPTIST PREMIERES “WAKE UP” VIDEO SINGLE
“Sir the Baptist makes that pure, only-in-Chicago sound”
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“His work as an artist goes beyond furthering himself, he wants to uplift the community he grew up in.”
– KAREN CIVIL
“Immaculate and inundating”
– GAPERS BLOCK
Directed by Stokes Filmhouse & shot by Visual SZN, watch the visual for “Wake Up” now: https://youtu.be/Tuzpn01E6i0
Official Single Artwork
NEW YORK, NY, November 6, 2015 – Chicago-based urban hymnist Sir the Baptist has released his latest video single “Wake Up”, a powerful call-to-action and inspirational anthem dedicated to his hometown. Directed by Stokes Filmhouse and shot by Visual SZN, the clip features footage from the Bronzeville neighborhood where Sir grew up and is meant to showcase the city in a positive and transformative light. After making its initial debut yesterday onJay Z’s entertainment streaming service TIDAL, “Wake Up” is now available for mass consumption on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Tuzpn01E6i0“Wake Up” is a featured single off Sir’s upcoming debut album, PK: PREACHER’S KID, and is currently available for digital streaming on soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/sirthebaptist/wake-up-ft-chuchpeople
“Wake Up was written as a PSA to my community,” Sir explains. “Chicago is one of the most crime-ridden cities in America, and it’s my community. We have more deaths in Chicago daily than they do in Iraq — and it has to stop. So instead of looking the other way or hiding in our homes, we need to have courage and empower ourselves, so we can create the necessary change we all deserve.”
Utilizing music as his primary vehicle for expression, Sir is deeply invested in combatting racial injustice and police brutality plaguing our country, as well as the staggering rate of violent crime in his own city of Chicago. His civil rights anthem “Raise Hell”, served as the world’s official introduction to Sir the Baptist, followed by “(Creflo) Almighty Dollar”, his poignant commentary on prosperity gospel and megachurch communities. Since then, Sir’s music has been prominently spotlighted by the Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, BET, Karen Civil, Bossip, All Hip Hop, and numerous other media tastemakers, igniting a strong industry buzz and garnering immediate interest from several labels.
Despite all the success and praise, Sir remains steadfast in his genuine dedication to bettering his city, and contributing to the greater good of the new civil rights movement. Sir has begun staging an ongoing series of “Wake Up Chicago” anti-violence public demonstrations as a way to foster his community and inspire hope. This past weekend, Sir teamed up with the Chicago Police Department’s 3rd & 4th wards to launch the #NoSleep grassroots campaign, in an effort to keep Chicago’s streets safer for the Halloween holiday.With equal parts sacrament and swagger, Sir functions as a “modern day Reverend Run” or as his collective of musical disciples ChuchPeople refers to him, “The Pope of Hip Hop and R&B”. Raised by a pastor in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood (aka Jazz Heaven), Sir was born a “church boy” and evolved into a spiritually-attuned musician and activist. His music is a game-changing fusion of the secular and sacred – with a message that’s refreshingly progressive, delightfully innovative, and sometimes unapologetically necessary for today’s cultural climate. In the same spirit Ray Charles brought gospel influence into the pop world with “I Got A Woman”, Madonna with “Like A Prayer”, and Kanye West with “Jesus Walks” — Sir the Baptist takes the concept of “twisted faith” to a new level, tackling pressing socio-political issues that many artists won’t broach.