It's been a minute since we've heard from DDm, who's been busy working with producer Paul Hutson on the hip-hop project Bond St. District. Yesterday the rapper released the solo track 'Children of Men,' which he said in a note with the song dates back to 2013.
His note also reads: "The first verse was recorded in the summer of 2013 after me and two friends got caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two rival crews in West Baltimore near Pennsylvania Avenue. The second verse was written in the winter of 2015 after a run in with local police on my way home from work while I was living in Fells Point. It's a tale of the two types of fear that plague black men everywhere the most. It is not meant to sensationalize, but to help those who don't experience these traumas understand."
The song even samples part of the video filmed immediately after the shooting of Philando Castile, during which the officer who pulled the trigger shouts "I told him not to reach for it!" to which Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, calmly responds, "You told him to get his ID, sir."
With both verses, DDm shows a through line to the traumas of being caught in the gun fight and being racially profiled by a member of the Baltimore Police Department: Both are threats to his life. Listen to the full track below.