UK-based progressive hip-hop artist Faron Sage questions the information issued by authorities on his new single/lyric video “Head Or Tail,” which asks “how do we know what to believe?”
Faron Sage says, “It feels like everybody’s shouting and nobody’s listening.”
The lyrics tell the tale, hitting the matter right on the head.
“How do we make head or tail of what’s going on / When what we’re fed is a portrayal of the truth, based on an / Engineered thread that is made to prevail so that, moving on / That agenda’s taken as read, it’s nailed on.”
A socially conscious musician Faron Sage blends progressive hip-hop with animation as he explores important topics of the present century. He may not always have the answer, but he poses the question, counting on his listeners’ utilization of their grey matter to make their own decisions rather than letting the powers that be decide for them.
“Head Or Tail” opens on eerie synths, followed by the entry of a tasty R&B-flavored bassline. Sparkling accents attend Faron’s flow, vaguely reminiscent of the Daleks. Once the rhythm is established, gleaming waves of color provide the matrix for Faron’s progressive rapping as he presents the universal questions of the average person.
The video depicts a record spinning on a turntable surrounded by the COVID virus, followed by shifting to dark, mysterious figures whose hypnotic heads represent their mystifying pronouncements. Then the visuals portray the average person, his/her head replaced by television, signifying the vast influence of the media.
As the images culminate, Faron throws out the BIG question:
“So, what should we do? / Is there anything we can do? / Anything I do is just a drop in the ocean / So what’s the point? Why bother?”
With “Head Or Tail,” Faron Sage distills Orwell’s 1984 into a contemporary message, taking on the role of Winston Smith.