Here’s another call to social sobriety birthed, if not rekindled, by the recent incidences involving Eric Garner, Michael Brown and the boys in blue. Phonte, one half of The Foreign Exchange, uses his 16 to weigh in on the subject of racial profiling, citing the case of Brown; “…anything from candy to cigarettes can get a nigga killed…”. Washington, D.C. rapper/producer Oddisee is the man behind the ponderous, bass-driven track garnished with traces of soul. He is also the voice that talks about the unequal treatment ordinary Muslims have had to deal with ever since 9/11 in the second verse. He even touches the raw wound being discussed in many countries today; immigration, arguing that the folks arriving in the ‘land of the free’ are only out to better their own lives, not take away from Americans. Oddisee ends his piece, and the song, on a hopeful note; “And we can come together and do something that’s impacting, I think I found a better way.”
The song is part of an upcoming compilation by the Mello Music Group entitled ‘Persona’ scheduled for release on March 10. You can pre-order it on iTunes as you download ‘Requiem’.
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