Someone was complaining the other day about lack of consciousness in Hip Hop… He wanted to know where all the good emcees are? I asked him where he was checking? In the age of consolidation, corporate tyranny and a desire to dumb down the masses and make them consummate consumers, did he expect to hear consistent consciousness on ‘pop culture outlets?’.. When you have companies like Viacom and Time Warner holding investments in private prisons why would you expect to hear and see folks telling you to fight the power? Those outlets are in fact the power you should be fighting.
If we are to learn anything from the recent NSA spying drama, is that a whole lot of corporations are trying to cash in on the multi-billion dollar a year prison-police-security industrial complex. Much of our corporate media is in the business of serving as a PR Firm vs being an investigative news agency for Draconian policies.
With that in mind, I wanted to alert folks via our 3 Dope Songs series of some bumping joints that are floating around raising consciousness. The fight for social justice has not gone away..Hip Hop on this level is as it was years ago, its being meticulously created, nurtured and ready to be embraced by all.. Below are 3 songs that fit the bill and will let you know without a shadow of a doubt.. Intelligence is alive and well and fighting the power is daily occurrence..
First up is Hakim Green from the group Channel Live.. This brother stays on the grind, not just as an emcee, but as an activist. He goes directly to the heart of the problem and stays involved. If we have violence in the community, Hakim is there working directly with those causing the chaos. If we say we need political change, Hakim ir right there.. Here’s a video he just put out to a song called Secrets.. enjoy
Next up is Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers.. This cat still has one of the illest flows and ultra sharp lyrics.. I wish more folks would try and include him as a guest on their records.. I also love the concepts that Wise brings to the table.. Peep this video to the song ‘I said It‘ which will make you reflect on the George Zimmerman trial which just started today and the mindset of people who think and act like him and what he did to Trayvon Martin..
This next video is from a sister named Narubi Selah.. I first saw this earlier this year and was surprised more folks ain’t hold it up.. She comes with some hard edge lyrics that’ll definitely make you rewind to catch what she just spit… I’m loving this song ‘Hookless‘ and I hope you do as well. Look for her album The Architect: Sacred Geometry
I’m gonna leave outta here with a bonus song from this dope emcee from Australia. Her name is Muma Dosea.. If there’s one album I’m serious looking forward to, its her.. I’m literally counting the days for her masterpiece called Ms Fortune.. she has a sampler which is free download.. But the cut for me to get you going is a song called Walk Alone.. I wish she had a video for it.. I think I’ll make a public appeal..Also if you get a chance check out her weekly radio show Hip Sister Hop which airs Mondays from 1-2pm Australian time.. That can be found here…http://www.3cr.org.au/hipsistahop