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“So, third option, let’s say I show this officer my ID.” From the billfold he now took out a bifold plastic case, dark green, and unfolded it to reveal his identity card behind its clear plastic window. It looked like a typical driver’s license or photo ID, thumbnail headshot of Sam, text printed Hebrew and Arabic characters, moiré of anticounterfeit security printing. “He opens the ID, what does he find? Arabic so we can understand, Hebrew so the issuer can understand. It has my place of birth, my date of birth, my religion—for some reason—and: what’s my cage.”
Hip Hop has done exactly what its founders set out to do, whether wittingly or unwittingly. It placed an accessible culture, relatable to any marginalized group in the world, at the forefront of music. In that spirit, here’s to BILLIONS of people getting a brief reminder that “Yes, yes y’all! And it WON’T stop!”
For the nation-state, the military is the primary institution of coercive power and the threat thereof. The extent of its power is a function of four dimensions:
Natty, " Change " & Lee "Scratch" Perry, " I Am a Madman "
London-born Natty is the son of a mother from southern Africa and an Italian-English father. But the 27-year-old, who's toured with Lee Perry and Ziggy Marley, bucks cultural boundaries, calling his genre "roots music — because it's coming from the root: roots of reggae, roots of blues, African music." The rock and dub sounds in his tunes herald back to Perry, the original dub pioneer and one of Natty's inspirational icons.