By Louanna Faine
Local artists Julian Petty “Bouji” had song titled Foreign placed in the soundtrack of the highly anticipated television series “Shots Fired” which is set to air on Fox on March 22.
The Shots Fired story line is based on a 10 hour series of events to examine the aftermath of two racially shooting in a small southern town while taking a deeper look into our criminal justice system.
“This soundtrack bridges the gap between the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movements, the youth and the elders, and being able to be instrumental in developing the musical narrative of change for all unarmed black men and women killed by police. Bouji had exactly what was needed for the television series,” said Jabari Ali, music supervisor of Shots Fired.
Ali uses music to provoke change – to use the gift of music to hit the viewers with the bold reality of what is taking place in the community with police brutality.
According to Ali, “Bouji stood out because I’m always looking to discover new talent and give them a platform to be heard. I was very impressed with the way he commanded the mic over the more mainstream trap sound. I wanted to diversify the artist’s offerings and gather an array of talent from all over the country. This process was not easy but after listing to thousands of songs this Arizona native kept standing out. He’s current and fresh and has the clout to put Arizona on his back. He stood out because he’s simply a star.”
Joshua M. Bursh III (J Tweezy), the VP of promotions for No Limit Forever, was in-part responsible for Foreign becoming part to the soundtrack. “Foreign is the most commercial sounding street record that I’ve heard coming out of Phoenix. In addition, I consult for Bouji and Swerve B and I wanted to help the record get as much exposure as possible.”
Bouji and Swerve B who are both the owners of Business of Pleasure Entertainment where they co- produced the hit Foreign along with Young Keise from Arizona. Both know the true meaning of being judged by their skin color.
“I think a lot of white people are oblivious to what is going on until it affects them personally. I have a best friend, a brother, and I have seen him first hand get judged by the color of his skin. It’s sad and unfair. It’s like he has a target on his back. I’m a felon and Swerve isn’t,” said Bouji.
Both artists expressed how rewarding the feeling was to be part of this project and how Shots Fire stands hits so close to home. “The way that Swerve B looks you would think that my situation and the troubles I’ve in been in would fit Swerve B’s background. It’s the other way around. If it wasn’t about color, they should be more concerned about me than Swerve B,” says Bouji. “In the drama series the black cop killed the white kid and they want to try them for murder, I’m sure the country will go in an uproar because and it’s not fair based what happening today in our society.”
Joshua Bursh concurs that Swerve B and Bouji are a perfect example of Dr. King’s dream in action – White and Black people working together to change society.
For more information on upcoming projects by Bouji go to iambouji.com.