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Roe Kapara Examines The Corporate Ladder On “Life In America”

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[Photo by: Rachel Briggs]

Roe Kapara fits in a genre all of his own, one that is best summed up as “bleak bangers.” Using his wide platform and catchy alternative sonics, he tackles topical issues. Rightfully so, he confronts the idea of “the American dream” and its empty promises. Today, he shares one of his most scathing indictments on systemic failures with “Life In America.”

If you are capitalism’s No. 1 hater, this song is a must-add to your playlist. “Come see the carnival/We’ll laugh at the poor/They all dance in desperation/Watch them crawl on the floor/You stole the fruits of my own labor/I’ve got nothing left to give,” Kapara sings hauntingly over jovial acoustic guitar strums before bursting into the fast-paced chorus. Similar to “Everything’s Fine (Nuke Song)” and “Employment Cost,” “Life In America” flawlessly captures hellish societal norms.

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On Instagram, the singer shared, “While I almost didn’t turn the idea into a full song, seeing everyone resonate so much with the lyrics ultimately changed my mind. I hope you like the tune, and it fuels your hatred for corporate America.”

Kapara notes that he was first inspired to write the track after witnessing corporate profits affect his own family. “I initially started writing ‘Life In America’ after my mom was let go from a job she held for over 20 years in order to increase the company’s bottom line.”

He continues, “It was a major wake-up call for me, seeing a loved one lose their only source of income. I think the song was a way for me to let out my emotions, or maybe it was my way of trying to spring people into action to try and make a change.”

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