What a time to be alive! The 21st century has been so rich in new inventions and technologies that our lives are improved now more than ever before in the history of humankind. Yet, despite all of those modern wonders and conveniences, the vast majority of people around the world still live in poverty and distress.

Unfortunately, the all-men-are-created-equal truth only exists on the pages of the American Declaration of Independence and the reality is much harsher. The question is, what can you do if you were unfortunate enough to be born on the wrong street, with the wrong name, with the different future? Soleima, the Danish award-winning artist recognized by BBC Radio 1, brings this issue up in her new single “Low Life”. As the artist says herself, the song is about embracing whatever life circumstances you grew up under while never ceasing to make attempts to break out of the vicious circle.

The song and the video both reflect the fact that Soleima has been familiar with R’n’B and African influences since her early childhood. The beat, consisting of bare bass and percussion, takes you back to the basics of African-American music. The single’s visuals are straightforward, without too much going on, keeping all paraphernalia to a bare minimum. We see the singer dressed in a white tracksuit and an oversized yellow jacket. Both the outfit and the way Soleima delivers the lyrics bring to mind a rather gangsta image. In the background, we also see a spinning car – possibly a metaphor for going round in circles without a clue how to stop. The whole unity of picture and sound is very consistent in its simplicity and delivers a very important message.

Tell me what you want to do, we can rule the low life, watch the city from the roof, put the world on stand-by. We might never ever get it right, we might never ever get another life, so tell me what you want to do, we can rule the low life.

The struggle to find a way to a better life is not the easiest one and the harsh truth is that you may or may not succeed. This obviously should not stop you from constantly trying, however, we all need to appreciate what we already have as well. Gratitude is a powerful force that you can develop and use for free. The only way to change your life is to become the owner and the master of your fate with enough hope to keep you going. And who knows, maybe, as if by magic, a different turn of events is already waiting around the corner.

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Albus Dumbledore

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