It’s bigger than …

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The thing that’s making me crazy excited and equally scared about mister Obama down south is not that he’s good looking or well-spoken as much as it is that he says things nobody ever says on TV, insightfully and clearly. He actually makes the reasonable sound reasonable, and it gives me a swollen heart (Thus the fear). Simple statements made clearly like: we should talk about the race problem. We should talk with our enemies. We don’t have to hate each other to disagree. Corporations shouldn’t have the power they have in a democracy. Simple, huge ideas.

Dead Prez gives me the same sort of charge: check out the ideas in this track, and listen for the same sort of power and clarity, honesty, passion and intelligence. In the magical world of Obama-possibility* this would be on the radio all the time (And no, I don’t expect it to happen).

Hip Hop – Dead Prez, from Let’s Get Free

featuring simple statements made clearly like:

In the real world, these just people with ideas
They just like me and you when the smoke and camera disappear

and

If you check 1,2, my word of advice to you is just relax
Just do what you got to do, if that dont work then kick the facts
If you a fighter, rider, bouter , flame ignitor, crowd exciter
Or you wanna just get high, then just say it
But then if you a liar-liar, pants on fire, wolf-cry agent with a wire
Im gonna know it when I play it

and

would you rather have a lexus, some justice, a dream or some substance?
A beamer, a necklace or freedom?

Here’s the video.

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* By the by, it is to our shame as Canadians that those dopes down south are pondering this possibility and we’re pretty much guaranteed some more Harper years here in Canuckistan. Boo. Dang. Boo.

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3 Responses to “It’s bigger than …”


  1. 1 kiran September 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    i love that song but the video is so overly manic. but, amazing lyrics – especially the ones about lexuses, justice, and necklaces.

  2. 2 Jay September 3, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Strangely enough, I saw the DP Hip Hop video on MTV late at night (3am?) when I was in middle school. Blew My Mind. Still my favorite Hip Hop song of all time.


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