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- Spoken-Word Tips and Tactics Part 4: Diving In and Getting Involved with Spoken-Word as a Culture
- Maybe Progressives Are Too Critical of Each Other, or Maybe You’re Just Not Used to Being Criticized
- “A Pragmatist’s Guide to Revolution (Graham O’Brien Remix)” Plus Links About the Effectiveness of Protest
- Protesting the Band “Viet Cong”: Another Example of How Organizing Around “Little Things” Impacts the Larger Culture
If you don’t know, See More Perspective is the best. We’ve been working together for years, and actually wrote and recorded this song a pretty long time ago. I remember performing some version of it at Soundset way back in ’09.
His brother Nye produced it (one of my favorite beats ever, by the way), and I knew that he had been working on a video for it as well. I just never thought the video would just happen to be done the same week as the premier of Episode 7. Good timing.
Check out everything on See More’s bandcamp page as well; his last album in particular is pretty incredible, and he has a new one coming soon.
“One Bad Cop” is the second single from the upcoming album “Post-Post-Race,” the debut collaboration from Twin Cities MC/poet Guante and producer Katrah-Quey. Featuring quotable guest verses from G.P. Jacob and Tish Jones, the song tackles not just police brutality in general, but one very specific element of it: how so much of the conversation in media focuses on the specific details of each individual case, while failing to make connections to the broader trends of police violence, institutional racism, and mass incarceration. Like the duo’s first single, “White People on Twitter,” this song is about digging deeper and striving to think critically– especially important considering the current #justice4jamar protests growing in the artists’ backyard, Minneapolis.
Music: Katrah-Quey: @kqbeats
Words: G.P. Jacob: @GP_Jacob | Guante: @elguante | Tish Jones: @TheTishJones
Mixing: Katrah-Quey and Graham O’Brien
That’s the official blurb. But a few further thoughts:
The whole album is on its way; as things generally go, it’s taking longer than the original plan. But it’ll be worth it. There’s a song on there with Jayanthi Kyle that might be one of the best songs I’ve been part of. A bunch of other tracks we’re excited to share too. We’re in the mixing/mastering phase, so we’re probably looking at a January/February release. But as always, it’s done when it’s done.
The album delay is one of the reasons we wanted to release another single. Another reason, however, is the context. The #justice4jamar protests and #4thprecinctshutdown were and are watershed moments in the movement for racial justice here in the Twin Cities. So regardless of whether you listen to the song, here are some links you should know about (as always, these links aren’t about saying that these are the only organizations or entities involved; just good places to start to get more info):
- Black Lives Matter Minneapolis: probably the best place to go for ongoing updates and action steps right now.
- MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change: another good resource for people looking to get plugged in to this and other movements.
- Waleed Shahid at Dissent Magazine: “How is Black Lives Matter Winning?”
- Keno Evol at Gazillion Strong: “4thPrecinctShutDown: A Statement on Magic and Resistance”
- A few photos (and commentary) that I took at the occupation site
- A million other links and resources; I’ve tried to keep up on my Twitter, but your best bet is probably a mix of the organizations linked to here, plus the two hashtags, plus any other on-the-ground activists you find through them. Stay informed.