In an era where our collective social consciousness and activism has come to the forefront in direct response to the political discord and social wars of our times, prominent SoCal hip hop artist Ariano refuses to be silent in the face of it all. Never one to eschew dropping real truth in his music, Ariano brings the fire again with “Rich Man Poor Man,” his second single from his upcoming EP, Wherever You Go, There You Are.
As the follow up single to “What Happened?,” ” Rich Man Poor Man” stays true to the new direction of Ariano’s current music – it’s dark, brutally honest and wholly unapologetic. The self-produced track is a pounding, bass heavy affair, interlaced with the purity of acoustic guitar sounds, delicate violins and a piano backing that seems straight out of a lullaby. Narrating from the perspective of the youth, Ariano’s vocals vacillate between gritty rage and fragile hopelessness, underscored by a fierce defiance that the status quo is no longer good enough. It’s time to make a stand for ourselves and the future of the next generation.
With the release of “Rich Man Poor Man,” the stage is set for the remainder of Ariano’s new EP, Wherever You Go, There You Are. This is not just music, it’s fight back against the anxiety and unrest of these turbulent times with a declaration that we won’t be broken.