Of course the Zimmerman/Trayvon reference and the Jay-Z inspired song title got my attention at first. But then I listened to it and Cooley Black’s song “Black Hoodie Rap” off his full project “The Black Bang Theory” (a play on words referencing one of my favorite tv shows) is a winner. The track is dope (produced by Oakes and Rokitboy), Cooley can really spit, being both lyrical with wordplay and invoking images with his storytelling. On top of that, he is really saying something, not afraid to be labelled “conscious” Cooley speaks truth to power, but also truth to one’s self.
Black Hoodie Rap was highly influenced by everything surrounding the Trayvon Martin situation. It highlights how we as a community imitate George Zimmerman every day in our own neighborhoods by killing each other. I wanted to demonstrate how we as a people have to change our communities, views, and inspire the change that we would like to see.
Even though he is making a point, the skills are there, making me want to hear his flow on other topics. Nicely done.
To hear more, head over to DatPiff for The Black Bang Theory mixtape.
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