- 06 Aug 21
God Knows has been patiently waiting for the right moment to drop his debut release on his own label - and now that time has finally arrived.
God Knows has shared new track ‘Glory’ on narolane records today, marking his first official single release with the label.
Featuring the vocal stylings of Senita Appiakorang, this Amapiano track draws on the South African jazz and deep house rhythms that are making waves the world over - and God Knows has long been known on these shores for paying homage to great music and great artists in his own, innovative way.
Since he first began making music, God Knows has been held up as a mentor of the rap scene in Ireland. Although this is a role he relishes, having encouraged so many along the way, ‘Glory’ is all about bringing it back to his roots.
As a collective, narolane’s creative output conveys their ethos with surety, authenticity and unapologetic ambition.
Collectively, the label says: “When we decide enough is enough, it seems like the Earth shakes beneath our very feet in subtle ways. First quiet, and then louder and louder as we refuse to drown ourselves out. Narolane was founded on the principles of integrity and love. Amapiano is close to our souls. Southern African jazz and deep house full of the rhythms that made us.”
“The genre is new on this side of the world, but once upon a time so were we,” the Architect of Irish Hip-Hop adds, “and there was power in not compromising who we are then, and so we chose not to compromise here either.”
Produced by his brother, Godwin Jonas, God Knows explains the importance of the song’s message. "Glory means to bring honour. It means having the courage to risk it all."
"It means not blinking first. To take advantage of everything that has ever been taken for granted. To find the places where we have abandoned ourselves. To accept that you’ll get punched in the face and smile while your nose bleeds, knowing that we never fight for victory. We fight from victory. And so we give honour to the people who give us joy."
"Unapologetically black, Irish, diasporan, complex, fluid, and grounded. 'Glory' is not a feeling, not ego worship, not insecurity. A lifestyle of praise and truth. Excellence, honour, praise, celebration, power, respect, integrity, purpose."
"This is what it means to walk in the Knowledge of God."
Listen to the hypnotic 'Glory', featuring Senita, below:
Revisit God Knows, MuRli and Denise Chaila's March 2021 interview with Hot Press on narolane records here.