The new release, Life or Death, from Bay Area rapper Baraka Blue off his forthcoming album Villa Mocca is about being a spiritual warrior. Mastering one’s self, facing one’s self, being real with one’s self about one’s flaws and veils and sincerely working to transform oneself. About true masculinity and what it means to be a man and a warrior. About hip hop and general popular culture’s prevalent conceptions of being tough, real, hard that we were raised with. And about what it really means to be real. And about what is truly hard: Mastering your self, living virtuously, and dying in a noble state. Train to it.