Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Will real political hip-hop make a come back?


(Brother Ali: Uncle Sam Goddamn. Contains explicit lyrics)


When people ask me how I became Muslim I emphatically give credit to Chuck D and Public Enemy. Although I didn't go the route following Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, it was the door to Islam that I came through. I thank Chuck for that. It was inspiration from his pro-black Islamically themed lyrics that created the desire in me for change and social uprising.

It was through bands like Public Enemy, and Poor Righteous Teachers, KRS-1 and others that fueled a powerful pro-black movement in the 80's and now it seems that it is time for that spirit to roll around again. Hip-Hop lives in the underground where the tracks aren't pimped out through record execs pushing senseless purchases of things you don't need and glorifying violence and prostitution. Real hip hop is highly intelligent and complex and it is color blind and beautiful. I've been listening to some new artists on the Underground Circuit and they are keeping hip-hop alive. The political hip-hop is just as raw and educational as ever which is good. It forces the mind or highly encourages one to go and look up what they are talking about. Curiosity is the key to learning and expanding the brain.

I loved the video. The images were raw and to the point and the lyrics were on track with the current state of the union. He makes a point and is vibrant. I will probably be downloading some more of his stuff.

2 comments:

  1. as salaam alaikum:

    my step son sent me this a few months ago. it describes perfectly the state of Amerikkka.

    and of course! it continues...the worship of the golden calf; bottom line economics. Who cares about the consequences:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS3mhjt7TrY

    there has always been politically astute hip hop, but that is not what sells, rather that is not what the record companies sell. why would they want us to actually begin to think?

    asiila
    p.s. the inevitable self-destruction of this country, mostly due to the metaphysical reality of 'what goes around, comes around' will be horrendous.
    astaghfir'Allah!!!

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  2. Ramadan Kareem my brother, wa As Salaam Alaikum:

    Getting back on topic with the P-word.
    Have you heard these radio shows on the subject?

    http://www.freewebs.com/polygynousexpressions/

    asiila

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