In today’s climate of divisiveness, ridicule, and contentiousness, a little positivity is a welcome reprieve. Though we suffer the daily blows of one outrageous tragedy after another, keeping hope and pursuing health can strengthen the soul to stand firm in resilience. This is the overall message of Kota the Friend’s and Statik Selektah’s new album To Kill a Sunrise, released March 19th, 2021. This collaboration matches strength with strength as Kota the Friend’s ideological lyrics seem to dance over Statik Selektah’s samples, drum breaks, and cut-scratching. Both artists are masters in their own right, Kota in rhymes and Statik in production, and both bring some of their best work into this project.