Siri Imani, a member of Cincinnati's popular Hip Hop and community service group TRIIIBE, has debuted her solo album Duality. The album — the first created under her individual name — was released on Sept. 9 and is now streaming on all platforms.
“The vibe of Duality is directed by the ‘light and dark’ concept,” said Imani in a release. “Exploring and understanding your darkness is just as important as understanding and embracing your light.”
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The 9-track album offers an intimate glimpse into the yin and yang that encompasses the artist's life journey. It presents a closer look at what it takes to find balance — evaluating self-inventory and self-acceptance as an important means to do so.
According to the release, Duality features a "coming of age" song-story with some narration by Imani's mother Jennie Wright, a nationally-ranked slam poet who also goes by the name Black Budda'fly.
“This album chronicles my personal experience of growing into adulthood. Who better to co-narrate than my Mom?” says Imani. “Together we tell my story from two perspectives. A person experiencing the ups and downs of life and a mother watching over and advising her daughter as she experiences them.”
Duality's melodic content is a union between "upbeat, easygoing instrumentation" and "heavy bass and a ton of minor chords," while traversing between the light and the dark moments or the album.
"The sound is sporadic and almost every track sounds different,” Imani says. “The goal is to capture moments in my personal journey and since those moments all looked/felt different, I felt the music needed to as well.”
The album also features an array of Queen City talent including musicians Audley, J Gultz, Jayal J, Rori Standback (NewsFlash), Lauren Eylise, Aziza Love and Jess Lamb, as well as producers Pxvce, Adam Faler and Surrezy Prodfish. The album was engineered by John Hoffman, of Dayton, Kentucky's The Lodge, and Devin Burgess.