When Sa-Roc liberated “Hand of God” at the beginning of 2020, I was pretty certain I had found my song of the year. Now, the Rhymesayers-representative has announced the forthcoming release of her new album and drops off “Deliverance” to boot. So, basically, there’s a good chance we find ourselves on the receiving end of an entire project of SotY candidates.
You’re not about to see me complaining.
“Deliverance” clocks in at 2:30 and that’s all it takes for Sa-Roc to exemplify the otherworldly force that manifests when Black excellence couples with the Divine feminine. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s 2020 and it’s damn sure time to drop all that placing “female” in front of “rapper” thing people feel so compelled to do. Because, at the end of the day, the pronouns being used have nothing to do with the fact that Sa-Roc is out here absolutely radiating on wax.
From front to back, start to finish, “Deliverance” sees our protagonist stepping up with poignant bars and layered prose. Please run this one back a few times – not only because it’s that dope but so you have a sliver of hope of catching all the punchlines and sharp intellect on display. My goodness…this Goddess delivers her lyrics with such a powerful cadence. You can feel the raw emotion emanating from her physical as her vocals dance over Evidence’s enigmatic instrumentation. This is a confidence that blossoms from being beaten down, denied and underestimated and not allowing any of it to break you. Listeners get a very real taste of the heart, the passion and the drive that fuels Sa-Roc – we gain an understanding of her “why” as “Deliverance” blesses the speakers.
Seriously. Listen to what Sa-Roc is saying. And how she is saying it. It’s wild. The type of poetry that’ll make you scrunch your face up in disbelief and amazement each time she kicks another line.
Press play below.