Listen to “Unenlightened” — Born I’s newest example of “trap music for meditators”

Listen to Born I’s third single from his upcoming album, “Unenlightened.”

Rod Meade Sperry
28 June 2021
Born I,  Unenlightened  promo image.
Born I, “Unenlightened” promo image.

Here on we’ve recently shared two new tracks from rapper, musician, and meditation teacher Born I, and today we’re sharing a third. “Unenlightened” is the third single from Born I’s upcoming album, In This Moment.

Produced by longtime collaborator Linz Prag (who produced Born I’s first single this year), “Unenlightened” is another example of what Born I calls “trap music for meditators,” describing it as both “gangster and spiritual.” In it, Born reflects on the potential for everyone to grow into their higher self (“from a seed to a lotus you can transform”), while acknowledging the shortness of life and thus his sense of spiritual urgency: “I don’t want to die unenlightened.”

“On this record I’m looking at my life, where I’ve come from, where I am now, and where I want to be, Born tells Lion’s Roar. “Life is shorter than we think but we all have the power to transform and heal ourselves.”


Rod Meade Sperry. Photo by Megumi Yoshida, 2024

Rod Meade Sperry

Rod Meade Sperry is the editor of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide (published by Lion’s Roar), and the book A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his partner and their tiny pup, Sid.