Critically acclaimed rock/hip-hop fusion artist Hyro The Hero continues to drop singles featuring high-profile fellow artists from his evolving mixtape Kids Against the Monsters. Today, Hyro has shared the incendiary new single “FU2”, featuring Fire From the Gods’ vocalist and frontman AJ Channer.
The song, which had its world premiere on SiriusXM Octane’s “Test Drive” yesterday, May 27th, is an inferno of emotion and anthemic rallying cry that urges the listener to put down their phones, to stop hiding behind hashtags, and to be fully aware of the influence and control that our mobile devices and apps can have on us. The track ultimately encourages us to live in the now. The lyrical salvo, “Fake news all a bunch of fake news / Hashtags being used to influence you / Fake news all a bunch of fake news / We want the truth,” will surely truly give listeners something to chew on. “FU2 (featuring AJ Channer of Fire from the Gods)” is available now to stream and download across digital platforms. An accompanying music video was also release today, showcasing both artists visually embodying the song’s unique blend of angst and vulnerability. Scroll down to enjoy it.
“‘FU2’ is action-packed,” Hyro explains, his enthusiasm evident when speaking about the song. “AJ Channer and I went absolutely crazy on this track. We are in a wild time in the world right now that I feel pushes division. I’m all about the people, but certain powers have used social media to keep us fighting. Though the message is strong, I do not want it mixed up with any agenda. I’m 100% about the 99%.”
Channer added, “”Hyro and I go way back and a collaboration together is long overdue. I’m so stoked on everything he’s been doing and taking part in this song means so much to me. I only hope we can play it together one day on tour!”
“FU2” follows the recent release of the mixtape’s unapologetic lead single “Legendary,” featuring Brandon Saller of legendary metalcore band Atreyu. Listen here. Kids Against the Monsters mixtape will continue to see songs added to its evolving tracklist throughout the year. He shared the news of the project through a reflective piece of personal writing that Knotfest published earlier this spring. In it, he explains how growing up in Houston introduced him to the idea of the mixtape, and how sacred that concept is in the hip-hop community to get your music heard. As he’s been emotionally pulled towards rock music, he still has that mixtape and hip-hop ideology embedded in his DNA. Additionally, Knotfest has begun airing its series of interviews with Hyro and his collaborators to dive deeper into the project and the inspiration behind each track. The episode featuring an interview with Hyro and AJ will drop later this month. The mixtape also features collaborations with Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills and Chad Grey of Hellyeah.