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America doesn’t do anything in moderation. When we’re thirsty we grab a 64-ounce Double Big Gulp, when we watch TV we flip on a 72-inch HD, and when it comes to locking people up, we’re not just number one, we crush the competition. There are currently more than 2 million people incarcerated in the U.S. - China’s a distant second with a meager 1 million - and yet most Americans don’t think of their homeland as the world’s biggest prison state. Here to help change that is AWKWORD and his new world premiere Throw Away The Key (No More Prisons). With Toronto producer L. Ment laying down a pacing and bluesy beat AWK gets right to work with bars aimed at tearing the bars off America’s myriad of prisons: “Born into prisons, most ghetto buildings got bars / when you live without sh*t, go head and worship them cars.” Sometimes it really is bigger than hip-hop. For more music that’s not afraid to take a stand, keep an ear out for AWKWORD’s upcoming World View album, dropping via The DJBooth later this year.
Update: Click “Watch Video” above or scroll down (for mobile) to view AWKWORD’s Andre Ward-directed Throw Away The Key (No More Prisons) visual.
Written by Nathan S. on 08/8/13
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