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Lou Anthony Explains Meaning Behind 'Minds & Hours'
The title of the song is "Minds & Hours," a play of words referencing a popular phrase in modern English.
"Well," said Anthony in an interview with The Ludlow Authorships, "I think people are already familiar with the phrase 'yours, mine, and ours.' It's a known saying, it's easy to remember, it's easy to say," said Anthony. "It sticks. So that's the first trick."
The 24 year-old musician and entrepreneur continued, "The words in the title represent the two biggest things that control our world and our lives within the world -- our own minds...and time."
"We treat time like it's God," said Anthony. "We obey it, we live by it, and best believe we're afraid of it."
Anthony continued, "Right now, we live in a world where our minds and the idea of time are in conflict," he said. "We allow this idea of time to enslave our minds, thus setting hard limitations on our abilities. We often say 'I can't because I don't have enough time, it'll take too long.' This practice puts people in one big system of monotony. It says to us, 'You cannot survive without obeying this system. This system of time," said Anthony. " It restricts them from ever believing in self democracy, which means having control over your own life."
Anthony then added, "What controls your life? Your mind. What controls your mind? Time."
A young business owner and aspiring tycoon, Anthony insisted that the song's substance does not stop there. It is also the lyrics within the record that bring an even deeper meaning to its audience.
"I'm talking about black ownership," said Anthony. "I'm encouraging more and more black business, more black opportunity, and the most dominant message in it is that we have to take the initiative if this is what we want. Centuries of begging got us nowhere."
On how the song directly impacts the streets and the urban population, Anthony said, "I'm telling my community, like, 'Listen...go on and get it!' I'm not bragging or trying to be flashy," he said. "Instead I'm letting them know that you can do it. You can make it. And you don't have to do it by any means other than your own."
Minds & Hours is a collaboration between Anthony and beatmaker Nabil Sioty. The cover art for the single was done by Anthony's long-time friend and artist Daniara Austin.
Sky Cooper/The Ludlow Authorships