questloveI urge and challenge musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in. I know that many see what happened to Dixie Chicks' #NatalieMaines @mainesmusic (she bravely expressed her opinion/dismay on the Bush administration declaring war & was unjustly targeted....while in hindsight being CORRECT) suddenly there was an onslaught of radio silence from artists across the board (correction not everyone was silent, but the silence was deafening) although I'm kinda/sorta addressing the hip hop nation I really apply this challenge to ALL artists. We need new Dylans. New Public Enemys. New Simones. New De La Roachas. New ideas! But it just doesn't stop there!! We need outlets (hello #ClearChannel #RadioOne #Vh1) to balance the system. Yeah I'm just as guilty of feeling the high of all that I despise ("Devil's Pie" D'angelo) but the reason why this nation seems to be moving 3 steps ahead in some areas.....but then 7 steps backwards in every area is a lack of balance. I'm not saying every song gotta be "Fight The Power" but in times like these we need to be more community minded (taking a wild guess that "urban radio's" format didn't change much from the pre program stuff (using that word *politely*) we've been hearing for years. & when I say challenge I don't mean breathless race to the finish on who makes the more banging "Fuck Tha Police" sequel. I mean real stories. Real narratives. Songs with spirit in them. Songs with solutions. Songs with questions. Protest songs don't have to be boring or non danceable or ready made for the next Olympics. They just have to speak truth. I laugh & have fun w "Bitch You Guessed It" like everyone else. But my soul is aching man. Seriously just ONE or Two songs that change the course. This is something I feel the need and urgency to put out there. #EricGarner #MikeBrown #JusticeForAll #FeedMySoul #HandsUpDontShoot #ICantBreathe
- mishangelOne of the biggest bands in the world silenced just because a single member thought she was exercising her rights. #UnpluggedForReal Kudos to you and anyone else brave enough... @questlove Namaste.
- ihcrenrutapologies being late on this brother ?uest. Some thoughts from a regular dude: https://soundcloud.com/chiturner/dangelo-really-love-remix #feedmysoul #handsupdontshoot #justiceforall
- theramandthelion@alchemist_2789 You'd like this
- wearetemporary@questlove here's a protest song I wrote for #EricGarner that just came out on the @villagevoice: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2014/12/listen_to_i_cant_breathe_the_song_about_eric_garner.php
- atlsuga#thankyou for your words
- decolonize"hip hop for respect" (revisited)!
- exotheprophetWhat up big homie @questlove imma take the challenge and let u decide @IllMortalOutFit Chk Murder In The Streets Ft. Exodus @ reverbnation.com/exodus7 Thx For The Push
- nevarez_bpmIn 2008 this website, http://www.anotherprotestsong.org was launched asking a similar question. Upload your protest song to this growing archive of original music.
- lb9000Speak the truth!!
- babbletronGimmie your tracking #. Brake it down!
- ietefPEACE IN DENVER I WRITE ECO HIPHOP (RECORDING ACTIVISM) WWW.DJCAVEM.COM
- hanzc@gallonsofun @bademmett that's what I'm sayin...
- crisgunther@questlove Thanks 4 the inspiration! I saw this post and I got to work!! Here it is >> "TERROR INC." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drp2yBt9iEc ... From another artist from Beckley, West Virginia (Bill Withers)... With deep and sincere gratitude for your voice and spirit!! Never give up, bro, Cris Gunther>+
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