A 2011 version of “Fuck The Police.” It’s disturbing that the fine folks at Strange Famous found so many video clips of police brutality readily available on the interwebs to use in this video. If this record doesn’t sum up 2011 as a whole I’m not sure what does. All the pigs who spray and beat peaceful protesters and cover up their badges with black tape have to be the biggest cowards I’ve ever read about. That includes dead beat dads and frat boys hazing each other. The utter thought that the biggest gang in America can forcefully remove protesters without any repercussions makes us look just like the countries in the middle east that have been over throwing their governments since earlier this year.
Yet we’re supposed to be the most powerful, all knowing, all mighty America. BART Police are straight up murderers, Providence Police are straight up drug kingpins and racketeerers, NYPD is a lowly group of high school educated, overweight, scum bags that break up hip-hop shows because a large group of black people are having fun (look up the Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun show from earlier this year if that last one confuses you.)
Sage Francis and his paternal twin B. Dolan, and most everyone else from the Strange Famous camp for that matter, have been showing support for the Occupy Wall Street movement since its inception. Me, personally, I think they need to sit down, reorganize, get a clearer message and set of demands before more innocent people get pistol whipped and/or billy-clubbed. But I agree 100% with their overall point of needing a change and I admire the fact that there still is a large group of Americans who aren’t blindly led by corporate greed and silly religious backed pundits who spew venom each day in Washington. I commend B. Dolan and Uncle Sage for being a voice in the hip-hop community that is rational and progressive, yet still comes across as dope music (this Buddy Peace beat is pretty fucking amazing).
And what really grinds my gears, shout out to Peter Griffin, HipHopDx.com has this video up with NO FUCKING WRITE UP about it. Just the video. They’re the biggest hip-hop related website out there and they have zero journalistic accountability. TECB struggles to get respect from artists we happily write about from our own town(s) and meanwhile these conglomerate ass hats don’t have the wherewithal to write even a single sentence relating hip-hop to the OWS movement under this video. I’m appalled. Shocked, even.
But as I said, I’m grateful to come from the same state as B. Dolan and Sage as they have a soap box that reaches so many and they use it for good. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older and focus more on things that matter around me — i.e. politics, news, beliefs, etc. — but the past couple of years, especially 2011, I’ve gravitated towards progressive hip-hop that has a defined message and doesn’t deviate from their agenda. And it’s 100% okay to have an agenda, if you don’t you’re doing this whole life thing wrong.
Special shout out to Strange Famous records and Uncommon Records. Two indie labels that have rosters filled with artists from all over the globe that all have a common goal; to be independent.
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