He's Back w/ a Vengence
by - Davey D
3/21/02 10:41:18 AM
I recall Paris performing that song in front of 22,000 people at a sold out Summer Jam concert in August of '92 here in the Bay Area. Before he did the song he stopped the music and gave a speech about racism. He talked about the concept of white world supremacy and how the entire planet was subjected to that particular system. Afterwards he dropped the song and 22,000 people stood up and cheered as he rolled along.
It was his intention at the time to impact the upcoming '92 presidential election. At that time
I recall being a part of several TV news discussions and debates about that song and its video. In fact if memory serves me correctly, Paris and I appeared on a local TV show called 'People Are Talking' where we discussed these types of topics. The question that had everyone concerned was will Hip Hop artists influence young people to go out and do what was shown in the videos.
To better understand the political climate at the time
The 'Time For Peace' track was a biting 4 minute song that featured newsclips of news commentators who had questioned Bush's motives for the war. Money B kicked off the first verse by telling everyone he was 21 and there was no way he was going to be drafted and fight a war in his name. Shock G followed by telling people the war effort was simply about oil.
'Time For Peace' got regular airplay here in the Bay Area and became real popular almost overnight. All three groups had hit records and high visibility in the Hip Hop community at that time. The sad part was it received very little press even within the Hip Hop media. There was no discussion. There were no interviews or anything like that. Other radio stations around the country refused to play the song even though it boosted a stellar line up of Hip Hop artists and had created a buzz. Record label politics prevented it from ever being commercially released. I recall personally sending copies of that song out and cats just not being able to play the song. The usual excuse given was it wouldn't fit the format.
This was the political lay of the land and by '92 when
His attempts to use as Hip Hop as a tool to influence the election were put on hold when he suddenly ran into 'problems' on getting the album released. 'Sleeping With The Enemy' was scheduled to drop in September/October of 92, but was delayed and delayed. It didn't come out till two months after the November '92 election. By then Bush was history as he lost to Bill Clinton and "Bush Killa" was no longer relevant.
'92 was the last year that
Tracks like "Assata's Song" which paid tribute to Black women, "Coffee Donuts & Death" which dealt with police brutality and the melodic "Days of Old" which reminded us of the more innocent times in our lives were ignored by many who at one time would not hesitate to play a Paris record. At that time it wasn't quite clear as to everything that was going on. Years later you realized
All these thoughts ran through my mind when a heavily muscled
If things continue the way they are we will soon see Colin Powell's son, Michael Powell, who heads the FCC lift all the media ownership restrictions. The end result will be two or three media outlets owning all the newspapers, TV and radio stations.
Paris went on to explain that shortly after 9-11 it was important for the Bush administration not to have any dissenting voices get too much play or have high visibility. It was important for them to not allow people a chance to sit back and really think and analyze what was really going on. He pointed out there was a rush to push through policies and pass laws which resulted this administration having a blank check to do whatever it wants in this 'War on Terrorism'. Interestingly, Congresswoman Barbara Lee voted 'No' making her the lone voice in Congress for that same reason. She didn't want to issue a blank check. Now other elected officials are voicing concern about whether or not too much power had been granted to Bush, jr.
All these topics are addressed in his new song. "What Would You Do?" It's off his upcoming album 'Sonic Jihad'... and to put it bluntly - this new song is off the hook. It's one of the best Hip Hop songs I've heard in years. The intensity of the song and subject matter is a breath of fresh air at a time when so many insist on bringing us bling bling material.
"I see a message from the government, like every day
I watch it, and listen, and call 'em all suckas
They warnin' me about Osama or whatever
Picture me buyin' this scam I said never"
He went on to explain that when he was dependent upon the success of his music to make ends meet he was put in a stressful situation because there were so many aspects that he had no control over. He couldn't control airplay. He couldn't control video play. He couldn't control whether or not a store would pick up his album and sell it. He didn't control distribution. He referred back to the drama that lead to the delay of "Bush Killa". He noted that nowadays he's beholden to no one and is in a position to say and do what he wants on vinyl. With his new album he is pulling no punches as evident by these verses in his new song.
"You in tune to a Hard Truth soldier spittin'
I stay committed gives a fuck to die or lose commission
It's all a part of fightin' devil state mind control
And all about the battle for your body mind and soul
And now I'm hopin' you don't close ya mind - so they shape ya
Don't forget they made us slaves, gave us AIDS and raped us
Another Bush season mean another war for profit
All in secret so the public never think to stop it
The Illuminati triple 6 all connected
Stolen votes they control the race and take elections
It's the Skull and Bones Freemason kill committee
See the Dragon gettin' shittier in every city"
"Now ask yourself who's the people with the most to gain (Bush)
'fore 911 motherfuckas couldn't stand his name (Bush)
Now even brothas waivin' flags like they lost they mind
Everybody got opinions but don't know the time
'Cause Amerikkka's been took - it's plain to see
The oldest trick in the book is MAKE an enemy
Of fake evil now the government can do it s dirt
And take away ya freedom lock and load, beat and search
Ain't nothin' changed but more colored people locked in prison
These pigs still beat us but it seem we forgettin'
But I remember 'fore September how these devils do it
Fuck Guliani ask Diallo how he doin'
We in the streets holla 'jail to the thief' follow
Fuck wavin' flags bring these dragons to they knees
Oil blood money makes these killers ride cold
Suspicious suicides people dyin' never told
It's all a part of playin' God so ya think we need 'em
While 'Bin Ashcroft' take away ya rights to freedom
Bear witness to the sickness of these dictators
Hope you understand the time brother cause it's major
"So now you askin why my records always come the same
Keep it real, ain't no fillers, motherfuck a blingin'
Mine eyes seen the gory of the coming of the beast
So every story every word I'm sayin' 'Fuck Peace'
See you could witness the Illuminati bodycount
Don't be surprised these is devils that I'm talkin' bout
You think a couple thousand lives mean shit to killers?
I swear to God we the ones - ain't no villans
Or any other word they think to demonize a country
Ain't no terror threat unless approval ratings slumpin'
So I'ma say it for the record we the ones that planned it
Ain't no other country took a part or had they hand in
It's all a way to keep ya scary so you think you need'em
Praisin' Bush while that killer take away ya freedom
How many of us got discovered but ignore the symptoms?
Brothas talkin' loud but ain't nobody sayin' shit'
And with the 4th Amendment gone eyes are on the 1st
That's why I'm spittin' cyanide each and every verse
I see the Carlyle group and Harris Bank Accounts
I see 'em plead the 5th each and every session now
And while Reichstag burns I see the public buy it
I see the profilin see the media s compliance
War is good for business see the vicious make a savior
Hope you understand the time brother cause it s major
What would you do if you
knew all of the things we know
Would you stand up for truth
Or would you turn away too?
And then what if you saw
All of the things that's wrong
Would you stand tall and strong?
Or would you turn and walk away...
"What Would You Do?"
Lyrics and Music Written, Produced and Performed by
2002 Guerrilla Funk Music (ASCAP)
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