Los Angeles emcee Bambu is a lot like Mary Poppins—except, instead of offering the youngsters a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, he’s using a spoonful of “medicine” to make his hard-left political critiques more palatable to hip-hop heads. New single Lean, for instance, might sound like an ode to sizzurp—thanks in part to Karman‘s slow-rolling beat, which features a prominent sample from Redman‘s Tonight’s Da Night—but the emcee’s more interested in discussing the internal contradictions and cleavages that create the potential for societal shifts: “Purple codeine is not what I ‘m meanin’ when I’m leanin’ / The balance of power is not balanced, it’s tilted: leanin’.” Bambu, Leo Docuyanan and Tony Rain link up to direct the joint’s freshly-minted visuals. Like what you’re hearing? More hot beats and revolutionary rhetoric await on ...One Rifle Per Family, available now for purchase on iTunes.
Written by richard on Mar 12, 2013
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