Thursday, August 4, 2011

Portrait: Jacob Hemphill (SOJA)


Colored Pencils on 5" x 7" Slate Suede Mat Board 
I plan to triple mat this piece Rasta style with this quote written on the top mat. 

"It's a war in the middle I am,
So judge me now with your pad and pen.
Cause I'm too busy to judge another man,
I'm trying to write the blueprint for all the world to understand.."

Soilders of Jah Army (SOJA) is one of my favorite bands at the moment.  They are an extremely talented reggae band out of Virginia.  They came together to form SOJA in 2000, and dropped their first album entitled Peace in a Time of War in 2002.  Their songs are about social, political, and environmental change.  Their lyrics are empowering and Jacob's thought provoking ideals provide a clear message for their goal of equality and world peace in the near future.

“People think we write music about the earth for the earth’s sake, but its not really like that.  If we harm the earth, it will reject us.  For all we know, its happened one hundred times before. This place gets too hot, that’s it.  Reset button. That’s why I sing what I sing - to pull us all in the same direction, the same future. Without that, we're finished.  -Jacob Hemphill

P.S. If you were interested in listening to one of their songs and if you are too lazy to google, play their song above in the playlist.  You won't be disappointed.  

4 comments:

18806d1a-aad4-11e1-b903-000f20980440 said...

i LOVE it and SOJA<3

soja4life said...

love SOJA soldjah 4 life...words r love...spread the positive...down with negativity...one love....one blood...one universe!!

Kangen Keren said...

WOW

Kangen Keren said...

WOW!!! Amazing

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