Issa Bibbin’s music empowers all to influence social justice change
Updated: Jun 13, 2021
Performers on the Go is working with award-winning hip-hop/rap artist Issa Bibbins to promote his project, The Treatment, across all streaming platforms.
“I remember feeling grateful for all my blessings, but sickened by the inequities around us and empowered to make an effort to do something more. It is my sincere prayer that this song will both entertain and inspire everyone who hears it to do more for those who are less fortunate.”-Issa Bibbins
Issa Bibbins has co-written, produced and released six songs over the last three years which are all part of a hip-hop project titled The Treatment. The collection of songs all target awareness of prevailing social issues and race inequalities that impact our society. In the early development phase of the project, Issa committed to his vision to reach international markets with his music, and perform The Treatment in South Africa, and he is working hard every day to achieve that goal and complete the project funding to bring The Treatment to international markets.
Issa is a Berklee School of Music alumnus, where he focused on piano studies and songwriting. He committed to a future in music with a serious plan to promote awareness of social inequities through his passionate commitment to reach the world with messages of fair treatment. Issa is a career musician dedicated to creating impactful music that broadens the awareness of social inequities and the need for empathy, understanding and progressive action. Issa is a pianist, songwriter, rapper, producer, music director and owner of Pearl for the World Publishing company. Pearl for the World is dedicated to connecting corporations and nonprofit organizations to original music that connects the arts and social justice. He is also a Minister of Music at Roxbury Presbyterian Church. The Treatment’s six songs cover a spectrum of social behaviors that hurt, traumatize and ignite fear in people of color, and call for powerful actions to balance social justice.
“Undiagnosed”, the first song of The Treatment project released on July 6, 2018, is about the sequential effects of gun violence and how it impacts our communities and the world. Half of the proceeds from “Undiagnosed” were provided to support the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing in Boston, Massachusetts to continue the work of trauma education, community strength building, and community healing. The song also was the top winner in the USA Songwriting competition in 2019 and "Hands up" was the runner up in the hip-hop category. The song was produced and written by Issa Bibbins, and performed by Issa Bibbins and Sam Jones. The song's music video displays the emotions and pain of loss and community breakdown.
“Hands Up”, the second release on the The Treatment addresses police brutality and how people of color are victimized at alarmingly higher rates than those of other races. This song looks at the power of perception, bias and racism, and their role in causing unhealthy fear which can sometimes escalate situations which have unfavorable outcomes. The song is loaded with passion, as the vocalist pleads for the listener to “look me in my eyes” with the hope that in doing so, his humanity will be seen and valued. Lesley University selected the song “Hands Up” for the Independent Film Festival. The song was a collaborative project with a passionate group of artists, was written by Daniel Callahan, Issa Bibbins and Turahn Dorsey and performed by Daniel Callahan, Issa Bibbins, Mekell Cartel, Sam Jones and Southpaw Swade.
“Manicure DA Game” the third song in the project, is a story told in classic hip-hop swagger and bravado. The rapper takes on the character of a trouble but inspired “OG” sent to give a message to the younger generation to avoid the branding of a criminal record and the repercussions that follow. The storyteller talks about injustice, education, and personal responsibility while brushing his shoulder off and popping his collar.
“Super human DNA” is an important addition to the project given its focus on how everyone can empower each other to do more for and empathize with those who are less fortunate. The song was written by Maurice Thompsen and Issa Bibbins, and was performed by Issa Bibbins.
“Where Do We Go” the fifth release on the Treatment Project, is a song that addresses homelessness and how a lack of empathy, greed, and indifference perpetuate this growing problem. The song was produced by Sam Jones, and performed by Abria Smith, Issa Bibbins and itsyaboyKR. The song's video highlights generations of heroes for inspiration and strength.
The final song on the project, “Not This Time’s” chorus, “You won’t shake me, you won’t break me, not this time, not this time”, captures the power and drive within to rise above the injustice that exists, and expect fair treatment and acknowledgement of social injustices presence, and understanding of the impact it has on society. The song is about never giving up and never letting any force that comes your way to dull your light and interfere with your plans and accomplishments.
Issa believes music is a rallying force to influence change, and amplify support of fair social justice behaviors, movements, values and actions throughout the world. Issa plans to continue to inspire people to create, organize and partner together to change perceptions and strengthen community relations. He is active in the community supporting programs and nonprofits, and hopes people will share his music far and wide.
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.