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Protest Music
#1
I ain't gonna lie, enjoying the fuck out of this longtime guilty pleasure right about now:





"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#2
I'm posting this one because I'm out of my mind high and dancing around my living room to it. "Fuck 'Em' is an anthem of the moment:









Lyrics of Fury:


"The average cop with a badge is a bitch
Back in high school they used to get their fuckin ass kicked
All of a sudden they're snappin necks
Puttin niggas in check, makin threats, sayin I'm next


I laugh at a muthafuckin law man
Without the piece, bitch, you're nothin but a raw man
You couldn't hang if you were cappin or punchin
(So go suck a dick and write or ticket or something)"

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#3
Why Not?





"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#4
Remember when 2 Live Crew got political?





Mood of the World. Hope?





"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#5
'Cause lord knows we could use some levity.



Just this guy, you know?
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#6
(06-03-2020, 01:27 AM)Fat Elvis Wrote: I ain't gonna lie, enjoying the fuck out of this longtime guilty pleasure right about now:

This is, imho, one of the funniest albums ever made, and I mean that in the best possible way.  I saw Body Count at Open Air in Chicago (technically Bridgeview), a few years ago and they rocked.  They played "Cop Killer", and to introduce the song Ice-T said something to the effect of "I get paid to play a cop on tv and you know what? Fuck those motherfuckers!".  Gold.

My personal favorite "protest" song of the Trump era would be this.  Not sure if it actually qualifies as "protest" music, but it is pretty fucking great.





Actually, this is right up there too...


MINISTRY - Twilight Zone


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#7


I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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#8
Can't do music clips on this but my fave would be either "Nelson Mandela" from The Specials, or "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley.
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#9
(06-03-2020, 04:49 PM)Adam_72 Wrote: Can't do music clips on this but my fave would be either "Nelson Mandela" from The Specials, or "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley.

I'll go one better on the Specials...



I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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#10
Shadow People by Tom Petty is a pretty good. More a summation of the moment than a protest song but w/e

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N5JQsfLkqlE

Body Count is pretty legit, shout out to KKK Bitch another great (and literal) fuck racism song
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#11
I'll go old-school:



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#13


Just this guy, you know?
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#14
"What have I done?"









"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#15
I'm sorry I'm out of rep.
If I could change to liquid, I'd fill the cracks and bend the rocks.
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#16
Elvis and VTran listed most of my favorites and I'll add KRS One's Sound of Da Police 





You can't go wrong with KRS One and Boogie Down Productions when it comes to learning about social injustice.
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#17
Golden Age Rappers Turned Out To Be the Last Prophets:












"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#18
In a mellower vein:



"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#19















"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#20
This is almost 30yrs old and is just as relevant today as it was then...maybe more so as we now carry mini TVs with us everywhere.







and there's this one.... Jello Biafra with D.O.A. - Full Metal Jackoff

It's about 14 minutes long so I just linked to it.

This version of the CSNY/Hendrix tune is 'it'



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#21
(06-03-2020, 11:57 PM)vtran Wrote: This version of the CSNY/Hendrix tune is 'it'
You ain't kiddin'. Hot damn.
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#22



"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#23
Youtube music theorist Adam Neely (BASS!) posted a great video on the arrest and assault of Miles Davis.

https://youtu.be/Sapc6BSxlRI
If I could change to liquid, I'd fill the cracks and bend the rocks.
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#24
How can you sleep when beds are burning?

https://youtu.be/ejorQVy3m8E
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#25
(06-03-2020, 04:24 PM)RCA Wrote:
(06-03-2020, 01:27 AM)Fat Elvis Wrote: I ain't gonna lie, enjoying the fuck out of this longtime guilty pleasure right about now:

This is, imho, one of the funniest albums ever made, and I mean that in the best possible way.  I saw Body Count at Open Air in Chicago (technically Bridgeview), a few years ago and they rocked.  They played "Cop Killer", and to introduce the song Ice-T said something to the effect of "I get paid to play a cop on tv and you know what? Fuck those motherfuckers!".  Gold.

Body Counts last three albums have been really good actually. And Ice still doesn't fuck around when it comes to callling out the issues that should be talked about.



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#26
This last song, whether one endorse the language used or not, it has the righteous intensity and furious anger of the moment. I find hope in its poetry and power. Peace.





"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#27
Ice-T is hilarious in this interview with a 12 year old. 

"Are we the first black group you ever talked to?"
"ARE YOU RACIST LITTLE KID!?"



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#28
This song in my head all day:










"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#29
Initially written in the wake of Trayvon Martin, every word still relevant.



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#30


Just this guy, you know?
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#31




Not Public Enemy's strongest song, but it's one we need. I hope we get more Public Enemy with DJ Premier though. But the 'sorry ass motherfucker' part doesn't really work for me in the flow of the song.
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#32
Given the current climate, Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforjustonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart feels somewhat apt.
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#34


I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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#35




Rappers have been calling for this since the first Bush administration.
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