Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole stand up!
Special shout out to D'Angelo.
Where my Harlem Renaissance spitters at?
Throughout history, Artists have given voice to the Spirit of the Day.
Artist's stories, paintings, and songs have moved touched and inspired since the moment Humanity looked up at the Stars and Wondered.
Truly, one Song can raise up an Nation... feed the Soul of an Army.
So at this moment in history, what Song will be "broadcast" and "exported" around the world as representative of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown's beautiful, brilliant, beleaguered generation?
"BAKING SODA I GOT BAKING SODA!?!" Cut the bull-shnyde!
America's obsession with Money and Violence dates back to the Triangle Trade (Rum-Slaves-Sugar) and the Middle Passage.
Modern day Asian sweatshops ain't got jack on 200+ years of free labor for this start up corporation called America...
Hell, the Trail of Tears was a commercial real estate eviction that cleared the way for multi-million dollar college athletic industries like the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
A nation forged, nurtured and fertilized with bloody sacrifices has cultivated an appreciation for anarchy, an appetite for destruction.
Initially, that appetite was fed the old fashioned way, gorged on Strange Fruit and War.
In the modern era, the bloodlust is sanitized for consumption in American Art.
Look at our films, video games and for fans of reality TV, the local evening news.
Now with DVR's and web streaming you can binge watch an entire season of "Burning & Looting: First World Nigger Revolt" in a weekend.
So today, The Revolution IS in fact being televised and tweeted and hash-tagged and trending and going viral.
"Burning & Looting" this generation has familiar characters and conflicts: cops vs. criminals; rich vs. poor; black vs. white.
While the script hasn't changed, the new soundtrack for this season of "Burning & Looting" is quite promising... music from and inspired by Golden Era hip hop:
From KRS-1, Chuck D, and Rakim through NWA, Wu Tang and Boot Camp Click -- a generation of strait spitters.
Think about the fact that Cuban Links, Dah Shinin, The Infamous, The Chronic, Doggystyle, Ready to Die, Illmatic, 36 Chambers, Bizarre Ride To The Pharcyde, Enta the Stage, One For All Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, and Southerplayalisticadillacmusik were released to commercial success within a five year span!
Diverse, authentic, hard core lyrics...
Then came the Shiny Suit Era and mainstream hip hop music became one vapid oversexed corny-ass commercial for American corporations.
After Helta Skeltah's "Nocturnal" and The Roots "Illadelph Halflife" dropped, hip hop damn near fell off a cliff...
Right when the first generation of crack babies began to have babies of their own, the soul and conscience of the music was subjugated for a paycheck.
Remember when Jordan declined to comment on political issues because "Republicans buy sneakers too"? Ha!
It only took Tamir Rice and Walter Scott and Trayvon, and Ferguson, and Fruitvale, and Baltimore, and another Nigga Dead every day for Real Emcees to step up and represent for the culture.
So while Cole and Badmon and Lamar dig in the crates there is hope for a new Song.
A Song that Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke would be proud of.
I've had it up to here with ya'll weak ass rappers...
Sing the chorus with me if you smell what Rockness Monsta is cooking!