V Premiere: Evitan ‘P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)’
In 2010, Dres reemerged, releasing From The Black Pool Of Genius, and now the Black Sheep emcee is joining forces with Jarobi, one-fourth of the founding core behind fellow Native Tongues group, A Tribe Called Quest. The duo will release a currently untitled album under the moniker Evitan (“Native” spelled backwards) in early 2012, and the first single from that album is “P.T.I. (Occupy Wall St.),” a song that touches not only the specific happenings of the Occupy movement, but also on the broader feelings of anger, uncertainty, and a desire to mobilize felt by young and old people across the country.
“The 99% need to have not just a voice, but voices,” says Dres regarding what inspired him and Jarobi to write the song. “We need to have more voices that speak to our plight beyond what is given to us via the media.” Despite the logistical difficulties, Dres and Jarobi were adamant about shooting the video amongst the OWS protesters, noting that they “couldn’t be soldiers and not see the front line.”