How was your year? Did you fall below the poverty line? Did you occupy something? Did you punch a Tea Partyer in the groin for ensuring the American Dream may forever languish behind your fading childhood memories? Maybe you lost your job because of real-life pressures or perhaps you stopped watching The X Factor and started recording your own shit. Whatever you did, here’s a few songs you might not have heard this year, because clearly you suck:
Last week, Strange Famous Records released “Film The Police,” the first single from B. Dolan‘s House of Bees Vol. II mixtape. The song is a blistering political anthem featuring label boss Sage Francis, Toki Wright of Rhymesayers, activist/rap journalist Jasiri X and UK crate digger Buddy Peace.
“Film The Police,” pays tribute to N.W.A.’s infamous “Fuck The Police,” and serves as a call to action for the digitized media movement while responding to the recent explosion of police brutality all across the world.
Since it’s release, the video has logged close to 70,000 views in seven days, and earned an incredible number of co-signs from folks like Michael Moore, folk singer/activist Billy Bragg, Killer Mike, Jay Smooth, and countless others. The song has also been picked up and retweeted by Anonymous Central and a number of international #Occupy accounts, making it one of the first popular anthems of this year’s definitive movement.
Rage Against The Machine frontman Zach de la Rocha has penned a poem dedicated to Occupy Wall Street and the various other grass roots movements that have popped up alongside it. And while we would have preferred to hear a new RATM song to articulate Zach’s feelings, just try to read it with a punk-funk-metal cadence in your head.
Read it after the jump.
As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to stretch its tendrils across the nation, anti-establishment emcee Sole has unleashed a timely video and mixtape to further document the world on fire. In “I Think I’m Ben Bernanke,” Sole portrays the head of the Federal Reserve in the not-so-distant future as a homeless drunk aimlessly wandering the streets. The track is taken from Dispatches From The American Fall, a 23 track mixtape chronicling a decade worth of Sole’s scathing diatribes on the economy and inevitable collapse of the empire. The mixtape, which features collaborations with Solillaquists of Sound, Lil B, Astronautalis, B. Dolan, Mac Lethal and Jared Paul, is available for free download here with an option to donate via bandcamp.
In response to the false list of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET demands that recently circulated the internet and was latched onto by Fox News and others, rapper/activist B. Dolan has published “A Proposed List of Demands” for #OCCUPYWALLSTREET” via knowmore.org, a website focused on corporate control that he co-founded in 2005.
No stranger to run-ins with corporations, Dolan has been at the neck of the corporate world on and off stage for close to a decade. Most notable are his encounters with American Apparel CEO Dov Charney and the publishing of this extensive report on the company (resulting in Dolan testifying against Charney in his sexual harassment case), and songs like “R.S.V.P.” and “50 Ways to Bleed Your Customer” in which Dolan has used his artistic output to rail against corporate power.
At this moment, with hundreds and thousands of Americans in the streets protesting Wall Street’s reckless destruction of people’s lives, environments, and futures, Dolan has presented this list in the hopes of helping crystallize and define a list of demands for a growing movement. …MORE