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Fox Spirit Revisits Hiroshima in “Snow Moon Flower”

Philadelphia-born, Tokyo-raised alternative hip hop emcee, Fox Spirit, and featured artist karakusa beats take a historical approach with his latest single “Snow Moon Flower”, a thoughtful track that “follows a Japanese American retrospective view of the atomic bomb dropped on Japan.” Released as part of the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the song also comes with heavy thematic content around Japanese internment in the United States.

“Snow Moon Flower” takes a decidedly experimental approach to the backing track that feels glitchy and rhythmically discordant. The sense of time within the primary piano sample expands and contracts at a moment’s notice. As he begins his lyrical flow, there a sense of attack stemming from feelings of frustration and historically bound rage. With no grounding chorus or repeating structure to rely on, Fox Spirit brings a sense of urgency and discomfort to the forefront.

A self-proclaimed member of the “lost generation” of hip hop, Fox Spirit channels the contemporary energy of XXXTENTACION and Juice WRLD along with the political charge of Nas. With “Snow Moon Flower”, there is definitely a kinship to Kendrick Lamar’s seminal album “To Pimp A Butterfly”. Much like the track “U”, it’s a song that ties personal narrative into the schematics of larger systemic issues like racism and prison systems.

“Snow Moon Flower” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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