Saba marks his return with his new single “Fearmonger.” The single will be a part of his third album A Few Good Things
The new “Fearmonger” single featured Daoud and will serve as the lead release.
Saba shared a message with his fans through the single’s release. Below, you can find the full text and listen to the song.
A ‘fearmonger’ is defined by Cambridge as ‘someone who intentionally tries to make people afraid of something when this is not necessary or reasonable.’ I’m saying we’re embedded with this ‘irrational fear.’ The song takes this concept and kind of turns it slightly abstract by assigning a character to ‘fearmonger.’ I’ve never made a record that sounded anything like this and part of the fun of releasing music is to create worlds sonically and have people trust you to show them around your own imagination.”
As I began to understand the impact of my fear on me, it was at the time that this recording was made. When I had big decisions to make I wasn’t sure I was making the right decision. It was scary to wonder if my actions were sufficient. Fear was something I accepted. It is no longer something I want to conquer. Fear of losing it all. Fear of failing. Fear of being inadequate. It is a new territory for me and makes me reflect on my family’s relationships with fear, failure and success. Fear as it relates money in Black households is the main theme of this song, something I’m still working on.
Being from a long line of poverty is not a new story, but it does come with its own traumas and judgements that can make our relationship to success feel like it’s never enough. It’s embedded into us from our upbringing so we spend our adulthood trying our best to unlearn it. It becomes you holding on to a dollar afraid to spend it or share it because you don’t know if it’s your last one. You don’t have a trust fund, a family or grandparent who can assist you. If you hit the bottom, it’s just that. It’s the same as your parents, just like their parents. “I know if I fall back down ain’t no one there to lend me rope.”