Make every day another step on a path in the “direction to perfection,“ as hip-hop/funk veteran Declaime, aka Dudley Perkins, suggested on “Internally Yours.” The spiritually-tinged collaboration with fellow LA rhymer Blu is the first single from Declaime’s upcoming Young Spirit album. “Internally Yours” presents what may be the thematic crux of the project, with Declaime delving into the universality of the youthful spirit within the most innocent child and corrupt leaders
“I’m talking about all the cats running this world to see that they are just like us. Their heart beats just like us,” Declaime has said. He also waxes on the power of youth reaching untapped potential by simply reaching inside, a metaphysical adage delivered via a dense lyrical display. Georgia Anne Muldrow crafted an ambient soundscape ripe for pensive lyricism and both artists deliver. Blu chastises “snakes turned preachers,” and crooked cops, wondering why “a white man will shoot red in your face and not have to show face in court.” It’s an eternally heartbreaking question.