A lone glance at the beautiful Rosario Dawson can inspire a thousand thoughts in any man.
For some, it will be as simple as lust or love. For rapper NomiS, it’s more like muse and metaphor.
Indeed. On Tuesday, the California-based MC dropped his free, 10-track “Rosario Dawson” EP via Bandcamp.
“I remember watching Seven Pounds or something she was in and thinking to myself, ‘She is quite the cute lady. God did a good job with her. She would be nice to know. But… I never will,” NomiS recalled.
Actually, although the artist is single and looking for a mate, he says the title track is deeper than that.
“It’s actually a playful metaphor about people always wanting the things we can’t have instead of just desiring the things we really need,” NomiS said. “In my music I like to talk about real things but also keep it light, you know?”
Dawson, who has also acted in films such as Sin City and Clerks II, is also no stranger to hip hop, having appeared on Outkast’s “She Lives In My Lap” track from 2003’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album.
Other topics on the “Rosario Dawson” EP include defending the voiceless (video: “On Behalf of the Silenced”) and what the artist sees as our country’s often unholy mix of politics and faith.
God is not Republican / but it’s forced on His believers / you wouldn’t catch Jesus blowing up abortion clinics neither / Vanished heart for the lost and it’s scary /Your American flag is 10 times bigger than the cross you carry / So where do your alliances lay? / If stars and stripes come first then you’re denying His name – NomiS on “Dropping Jewels”Although raised in church and a confessed follower of Jesus, NomiS is cautious about how his art (as either a solo MC or as part of the larger Gallery Drive collective) is labeled.
“I definitely don’t take the title of ‘Christian rapper,’” NomiS said. “But I do view my work as evangelism.”
Download the “Rosario Dawson” EP for free here.
Watch the video for the “Rosario Dawson” song below: