West Coast rapper Lil B is the latest hip-hop artist to step up and speak out on the publicized “I Can’t Breathe” campaign with a new song release.
Entitled “I Can’t Breathe,” Based God keeps the movement alive with the seven-minute record.
“I Cant Breathe” is part song, part rant, a chorusless avalanche of assertions and accusations about a wide range of topics, loosely categorizable as Black Experiences in America. Lil B, underneath his well-publicized, performative ridiculousness, is a sympathetic and emotional rapper. “I pray for all the victims, and cry sometimes, because the pain is so vivid/They try to normalize black pain, pay attention.” (XXL Mag)
Check out the song right here…
This week, rap veteran Nas talked about the importance of educating youth face-to-face amid the widespread protests.
“That’s just embarrassing. I’m one of the guys that’s out there saying, ‘Listen. It has to stop.’ It’s important that every time I see a black child I look him or her in the eyes and say, ‘This is your world. You’re a king or a queen.’ Everything else was telling them they were slaves. It’s important for them to know the history of black children doesn’t start in this great country.” (TIME)
Nas publicly showed his support and involvement last week.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) December 14, 2014
Rap star Kendrick Lamar recently connected his powerful self-loving “i” song to the need for change in the United States.
“It’s something that I’ve been around since the beginning of time. I remember coming up in the city of Compton and [seeing] these same types of ordeals. So when I make a record like “i”, this is not just about me. It’s about what’s going on in real life, actual [facts].” (MTV)