If MC’s are masters of the metaphor and metaphor is the sign of genius, then Jay Smooth, founder of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad and host of the illest video blog on the internet, Ill Doctrine, may be both.
Check out his metaphor of Wall Street as a game of “3 card monte”, with some media outlets as “shills”, trying to distract us from seeing the game is rigged. The cops of course are the enforcers that intimidate us from getting out of line as well. I know, my own words don’t do it justice. Listen to Jay Smooth explain it over the “Rainbow in the Dark” instrumental from the hip hop group Das Racist.
A few thoughts on Occupy Wall Street, I’ve been watching it and going down there for a while now but hadn’t had a chance to speak on it.
For awhile, people have criticized that the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have not put forth leaders or spokespeople for their movement, to be able to really verbalize for the media and the public exactly what their protest movement is about, what they stand for and what they want.
MCMI friend and affiliate Immortal Technique was interviewed today down on Wall Street, by RT America. He spoke passionately and eloquently about the issues, why the mainstream media is now paying attention to OWS, the differences between the Occupy Wall Street movement and The Tea Party, police brutality, Obama’s role in bringing about change or upholding the unacceptable status quo.
“This didn’t come from ‘nowhere’. People didn’t just decide to get up and be angry about ‘nothing’. People are seriously concerned with the direction our democracying is going in.”
The interviewer asked excellent questions and Technique had the answers. Anyone who has been to an Immortal Technique show knows that beyond ruthless battle raps and even beyond his songs of revolution, he often speaks to the audience. He also has popped up in this and other countries talking at rallies, which you can find on YouTube. This is not an artist who has opinions, but does not really know anything about history, politics or social justice. You can find the trailer for his independent film The Revolution of Immortal Technique and some of his speeches here. He is very articulate as he speaks what is on his and many Americans’ minds.
In answering critics who say the Wall Street Occupiers are anti-American, Tech explains:
“We’re not anit-America. We love America and we refuse to see it destroyed by the same people that have been corrupting it for the past countless amount of years. … If we hated America we would leave it in people like yours hands, so … it would have no shred of democracy.”
If you feel a little vague about exactly what the Occupy Wall Street protests are about, not only in Â New York, but now in 45 states across America, then you need to watch this video.
The solo artist, Black Star and Reflection Eturnal member Talib Kweli recently attended the Occupy Wall Street protest, speaking on the mic at Liberty Plaza in manhattan, to the large crows of demonstrators. He started by saying “I’m at a loss for words,” but then did find the words in which he said that the protestors have done their part and that “This is the end game,” and “this is the point.” He said that now it is up to us (those watching online, on tv, etc.) to share the news stories, footage and the message throughout the world, so that the movement will grow. Talib told the crowd of protestors, some of whom are sleeping outside in sleeping bags, “you inspire us”.
If you are also inspired by what these dedicated citizens have started, “make it grow”, by sharing this post, retweeting it, talking about it and spreading the word.
Kweli led the crowd in a chant, lending emphasis to his statements as each line was repeated by those in attendance. He also performed his verses from Black Star songÂ â€œThieves In The Nightâ€ and a verse about the protest, acapela.Â Here is footage of his speech.