You may not be familiar with Esinchill (pronounced Essential), but you should be. A chance meeting with Digital Underground front man Shock G gave the West Coast rapper his start, and he took full advantage, releasing his debut LP, Everything To Lose, shortly after, followed by a handful of writing stints with the likes of Dave Hollister, Lenny Williams, and more. Now, Esinchill is prepping his new album, Vigilante, featuring Mistah F.A.B., Casual, Dave Hollister, and production from Jake One, to be released April 19th via Clear Label Records. And with the release date fast approaching, Esinchill is excited to release a brand new single, “Soul Of The City,” featuring long-time collaborator and legendary singer Dave Hollister.
While the phrase “Soul Of The City,” rarely shows up in the new single, its origins hold strong meaning; it’s become a nickname of sorts for Esinchill, which describes his embodiment of the spirit of the common man – he gives them voice. And with a song that tackles everyday, blue collar struggle and the fight to push through that struggle, the title is given power. As Dave Hollister sings, “I made life worth more than living/ I earned everything, nothing given/ I am the definition of driven/ Look at me,” Esinchill weaves his own story atop the slick piano and bouncing bass of the beat, juxtaposing struggle and success. “This is when you lose hope, that’s when your will fanes/ Here come the hunger pains, it’s a younger game/ And the cats that had your back phone numbers change/ and your relationship with your girl is under strain,” raps Esinchill, before finishing, “Let the whimps complain/ You want to entertain/ You have to fight ’till you sacrifice for every inch of gain/ Man listen, I am ambition.”
Download “Soul Of The City” featuring Dave Hollister here.