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Unfortunate but true, absentee fathers have been a point of reference for countless hip-hop songs over the years. For Clear Label Records rapper Esinchill, though, who is celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Vigilante, an album that features the likes of Mistah F.A.B., Casual, Dave Hollister, and more, the focus is somewhat different. With his latest single, the Jake One-produced “Daddy Was A Sailorman,” the Oakland emcee is instead shedding light on the other side of the story; the father who has put aside his own goals to focus on parenthood.

“Daddy Was A Sailorman” is a conceptual song that tells the story of a son and father who meet during a dream and begin to discuss the different life choices the father made and how those choices impacted their lives. “The inspiration for the song comes from me always admiring my dad and his willingness to put his own dreams and aspirations to the side and be accountable to the family he chose to start,” says Esinchill, who also notes Edo G & The Bulldog’s “Be A Father To Your Son” as an influence for his own song. Speaking to his father, 17 years old in the song, he talks about how “these Marshall, Texas walls are closing in” and instead of pursuing his passions or school, he joins the Navy. Accompanied by Jake One’s mellow production and a soulful hook sung by Esinchill’s father himself, he portrays a man confronted with a variety conflicts, including the decision to have kids. “It’s one of many truths that you’ll find on Vigilante,” says Esinchill, “and they should be explored and discussed.”

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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.”

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