A struggling economy. Constant “terrorist threats”. A failing school system. Blatant and hidden racism, sexism, and all types of other -isms. Opposing media outlets telling different sides of the same stories. We used to be able to at least turn to our music to get the latest news on issues plaguing our community and be inspired to come together and overcome some of those issues. Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone…hell, even Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five gave us social commentary and a sense of awareness and self-worth through their music. With that said, this week’s pick for Artist of the Week is Dead Prez. A group that has held their position in the industry as the voice of the people.
First song of the week: Stimulus Plan