In 2010, Dres reemerged, releasing From The Black Pool Of Genius. Now, the Black Sheep emcee is joining forces with Jarobi (one-fourth of the founding core behind fellow Native Tongues group, A Tribe Called Quest), for an upcoming (currently untitled album) under the moniker EVITAN (NATIVE, spelled backwards).
The first single from that album is "P.T.I. (Occupy Wall Street)," a song that touches not only the specific happenings of the "Occupy" movement, but also on the broader feelings of anger, uncertainty, and a desire to mobilize felt by young and old people across the country.
"The 99% need to have not just a voice, but voices," says Dres on what inspired them to write the song. "We need to have more voices that speak to our plight beyond what is given to us via the media."
And despite the logistical difficulties, Dres and Jarobi were adamant about shooting the video amongst the OWS protesters, noting that they "couldn't be soldiers and not see the front line."
This is the first offering of the upcoming project, due in early 2012.