At work I had a chat with a collegue, about Lowkey and the deepness of his lyrics. It got me thinking. There’s a lot of raps out there with deep meanings and some thought-provoking lyrics. So I tried with my (so far) limited knowledge-base to name a few.
We are gonna touch a few different subjects and decades of our history. KRS-One is one artist, who has been around since the dawn of time. Almost, anyway. I fell for his “Kill a Rapper”. He argues that society and the police does not care when a (black) rapper kicks the bucket. No-one really cares. Next up is Jedi Mind Tricks. In “Uncommon Valor” he tells the story of a Vietnam Veteran and how the war was percieved by the footsoldiers. How their lives were affected by the missions they got and the weapons used. It’s sort of “Deerhunter” shortened to a few minutes (worth watching, by the way). A more contempory theme is “What kind of cruelty to mankind, are we prepared to ignore in our quest for material possesions?” Child labour? Slavery? Inhumane living conditions? Have a go with “Shadow Business”.
Moving to the UK, Lowkey, has something on his mind. The middle-eastern countries as well as politics, seem to be a favorite theme for this one. Lowkey likes to challenge the listener to think about the world and for lack of a better desciption: Established truths. “Obama Nation” questions the role USA plays in world politics. How the USA has been an influence in just about every single theater of politics and wars. “Long Live Palestine” tries to challenge Israels self-proclaimed role as a victim. In “License to Kill” he looks at the policebrutality in the UK. He bases it on the case of Ian Tomlinson who was beaten to death by the police, even though he was no threat to anyone at the time. So who gave them, the right to kill a man, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time?
From Denmark: Kinski. Lykkelig Luder attacks the Danish government and basically states that the government blindly does what USA tells them to do. No questions asked. Unfortunately there is no english version, that i know of. I’ll see if i can post a rough translation soon.
If you have other links that fits in with the theme of this post, please leave a comment.
So here goes (Just click the links):
By Jedi Mind Tricks
By Kinski (Danish)