Black History Month may have come to a close yesterday but, of course, the consequences of centuries of oppression and the contributions of civil rights leaders past and present respect no temporal boundaries. Here to emphasize that the struggle for equality and justice is an ongoing, 24/7/365 effort is beatsmith Omen, with the lead single off his new mixtape. A Negro Spiritual for the 21st century, this cut finds the headliner and co-producer Audio BLK trading traditional hymnody for an upbeat, soulfully head-noddable groove but retaining the themes of spirituality and liberation. Mickey Factz, Ashton Travis, Nickelus F and Luckie Day handle the verses, dropping bars as dense with allusive wit as they are with poignant sociopolitical insights: “We were told 40 acres and a mule, now they give you food stamps and call you an ass.” Rounding out the lineup are C3 Choir, who encourage listeners to break their chains and work towards change in an uplifting chorus. Does this inspiring cut leave you craving more Black Hero Theme Musik? You’ll find what you seek on Omen’s latest street album, available now for free streaming and download in the Booth.
Written by richard on 03/1/11
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