Hip-hop is more than just the most polarizing genre of music; it's possibly the most polarizing aspect of modern pop culture. What other corner of the zeitgeist can give you Kanye's tweetstorm and Childish Gambino's "This Is America" in the same month, sparking rich, nuanced debates about race, politics, violence, and the role/obligation of the American rapper in today's America?
Enter Texas rapper/producer Johnny Astro, whose two-plus year hiatus from the Indie Shuffle airwaves has felt like an eternity. Well, he's back, and if "The Sky Is Broken" is any indication, he's just warming up. Listen closely, and you'll feel the spark of hope that comes when a talented rapper finds their voice, and uses it to amplify the dreams and fears of everyone in the crowd.