Art for art’s sake. For all those that opted out of high school Latin class, that’s what ars gratia artis translates to. It’s the idea that true art doesn’t serve any outward purpose and is disconnected from any external agenda. The value of art manifests itself intrinsically in the artist’s realization of the work and in his or her self-motivation. The liberal arts student in me is beaming. That brings us to this offering from Orange County hip-hop artist, CJ Trillo and aussie folk-dream, St. South. The song backs up the philosophy for which it’s named. It severs itself from the idea that music is about record deals, it’s ultimately a reflection of the soul.
“This is ars/ this is trill/ this is heavy, this is me/ This is how my soul responds when its questioned by the beat.”
What just happened there? Things just got way too deep for me. I don’t know, it’s a rainy day here in Boston. Sit back, relax, and stream “Ars Gratia Artis (feat St. South) by CJ Trillo below.
P.S. Listen to CJ Trillo’s new mixtape, Volume 1: Nostalgia here.