Thursday, May 04, 2006

SOUNDTRACK TO THE REVOLUTION
I know too much, the government is tryna murder me
- Immortal Technique
It looks like I'm gonna have to rely on the underground rap community to compose the music for the revolution. Unfortunately, you'll NEVER hear any of these groups on the radio/MTV or BET. Not that that's a bad thing, cuz any rap group that blows up on either of these outlets pretty much completely sucks and raps strickly about bitches, bling and cash, topics that are neither interesting nor relevant to the times. Mainstream rap music SUCKS.
I listen to a shit load of rap music (truth be told, I listen to a shit load of MUSIC. Period. All genres included), but all of it is considered "undergroud." The artists are extremely talented but have choosen NOT to sell out to the music industry which would force them to change their lyrics and their style to attract 13 year old white girls who like to dance around their spacious rooms and believe they are somehow bucking authority (their parents) by bringing "black " music into their McMansions.
There's alot of political rap music out there, you just have to go looking for it. To save you some time and effort, I will name a few groups for you so you can listen to them for yourself. I highly recommend you download the file sharing program BearShare (www.Bearshare.com. Choose the FREE program) so you can listen to the music before you purchase the album. Some of the best political rap groups include The Lost Children of Babylon (their new album, dealing solely with the 9/11 conspiracy, is pictured above. It's super hot), Immortal Technique (you've seen his lyrics quoted here numerous times. ALL of his albums are hot and deal with the criminality of the Bu$h cabal and their involvement in 9/11), The Coup, Dead Prez, The Reavers (pick up their album 'Terror Firma' asap) Non-Phixion, Mos Def, Pharaoh Monch, Talib Kweli, Army of the Pharaohs (their new album 'The Torture Papers' is ALSO hot) and Jedi Mind Tricks (everything they have ever done is hot) just to name a few.
The truth IS out there, it's just not receiving any airtime on the republican owned radio conglomerates and the similarly reich-wing owned record companies. One can't say it's not being talked about, it's just being supressed, whether directly (by threatening the artists to change their lyrics and intentionally NOT allowing their work to be heard on the radio) or indirectly (by pricing their albums in the $20 to $30 dollar range, making their albums hard to find, discrediting their message with the 'mainstream music consumer' as 'crazy conspiracy music' or, as Bill O'Reilly has done a few times, invite the artist on his "show" and then demonize him as unpatriotic and treasonous. When the lights go out, I get O'Reilly.)
Even if you're not a fan of rap music (my mom says it all sounds the same to her but she's also 500 years old, so I shouldn't expect her to understand nor appreciate rap music. Don't tell her I said that. The 500 years old part.) I still hope you will check out the groups and individual artists mentioned above and support their work for they are the ONLY ones speaking up for us on a regular basis and detailing what's REALLY going on in this country (yes, I'm aware that there are a FEW rock acts who are also putting out protest music, but compared to the politically conscious acts of the 1960's, they are few and far between. But I still respect them for their work) for it will be artists like this who will provide us with the soundtrack to the revolution. It's a shame that the venerable rap artist Tupac Shakur was gunned down at such an early age. With the talent he posessed and his penchant for taking on the issues relevant to the underclass and the dispossessed, I can only imagine what he would accomplish lyrically with the issues we are facing today.
The revolution will NOT be televised. But it WILL be reported, by artists not afraid to speak out.