Of protest music and redemption songs: How black people seek to overcome

This is a great post by my brother BMS. I found it very educational. For all those who think Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are real revolutionaries..you need to read this. My brother really breaks it down. Black people need to really wake up and use some critical thinking skills. We have to stop following these entertainers who are misleading us. We keep falling for style over substance. I know many of us look up to rappers,actors and singers. But we have to keep in mind that they are still under the control of others. So they are limited in what they say and do. It’s time to open our eyes.

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Old pirates, yes, they rob I,
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.

Redemption :

  1. The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. 
  2. “God’s plans for the redemption of his world” . 
  3. Saving, freeing from sin, absolution“God’s redemption of his people”.
  4. The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
  5. Retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession, return

Music has been described invariably by different people from the past from  (a) having the ability to sooth the savage breast to (b) when it hits you feel no pain.  Is in many ways a balm to deep wound, a source of spiritual inspiration, a science to strengthen the synapses of the brain and  a form of agitation to get you to killed. All these have been proven to be some of…

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14 thoughts on “Of protest music and redemption songs: How black people seek to overcome

  1. “They are musicians and while they can …well at least Lamar anyways… can put out music to make you think.”

    This statement speaks out loud especially what black artist are missing in there music. Black artist back then had respect for themselves, there craft & made songs about black love & empowerment. Now we have songs about sex & violence. I put blame on the artist because they should have some type of respect for themselves to just say no. I can’t respect any black artist craft that put out trash because it speak volume about the respect they have for themselves. Artist like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Barry White and etc. black music stood for something. Yes these artist works for corporations but they stood up for themselves & black people by not producing degrading music to be sold too their people.

    I’m so tired of Beyoncé because she produce nothing but trash. Yes as a teenager I was a fan of Destiny’s Child and brought several of there albums I will confess I like Beyoncé first solo album but after that she produce nothing but trash & didn’t mature music wise as a artist. I enjoy listening to rap music but I’m more interested in the lyrics on how the artist can tell a story. Now days rap artist aren’t good story tellers that their listeners can relate too. Black music has hit its all time low. Barry White stated back in the 80’s black music is losing its roots. Aretha Franklin stated we must keep black music back to its roots.

    • Barry White was right. The 70’s and 80’s was the golden era of music to me. Singers like Roberta Flack,Gladys Knight,Stevie Wonder,Whitney Houston,Anita Baker,Patti LaBelle,E.W.F and Marvin Gaye had songs that moved your spirit and touched your soul. You don’t get that feeling anymore. I understand what you’re saying about Beyoncé. A lot of people have the same sentiment about her. She really changed a lot since her Destiny’s Child days. But many people were fooled by her Super Bowl performance. Beyoncé is not some pro-black woman. She’s not Ida B. Wells or Betty Shabazz. Our people always fall for style over substance. Check out this video. These guys really nailed it about Beyoncé’s half time show.

      • @Kushite Prince
        I just finish watching the video clip, I 100% agreed with the video. Beyoncé had them “bow down bitches” buy my tickets for my tour. The performance wasn’t nothing more but a capitalist scheme for her gain off on what is trending now “Black Lives Matter”.

        If you pay attention to the actual music video to the song. One thing I notice in the music video is colorism, especially when Beyoncé had her daughter between 2 dark skin little black girls that weren’t smiling & emotionless next to her light skinned daughter smiling proud with emotions. It just gave off a bad image toward dark skinned females being outshine by someone lighter. Furthermore how can Beyoncé sing about loving her husband nose & daughter nappy hair, when she walks around in a blond straight wig & had plastic surgery to her nose. Also the song suppose to be about black pride but yet she throws in her mother being creole & daddy being negro mixed that together you get a Texas bama. For years Beyoncé has been constantly throwing her mix blooded heritage creole before accepting herself as a full African woman. She constantly throwing materialism & capitalism in the song. I also didn’t see the point of her having to mention about having great sex with her husband in the song.

        Beyoncé has a great public relation team because they know when too come out, get the people talking, and take their money. She did this at the right time which benefit her but brainwash the people.

      • You are 100% correct! I wish others could see this so clearly. Yes I did notice her daughter in between the other black girls. It kind of reminded me of when Beyoncé was in Destiny’s Child and she was the light skinned one that got all the attention. And she loves to tell us of her Creole heritage. That’s the in thing right now. Everyone wants to claim they’re mixed right? I’m so tired of this biracial silliness. And you’re right,this just continues the brainwashing of black people. And people like the so-called Queen B help ush this agenda forward. And the sheeple keep falling for it every time.

  2. I have always been of the opinion that music is just not what it used to be. For me, black music hut its peak in the 90s then ran on for a little bit in the early 2000s but after then it went down hill. Beyonce is no more a pro black than Justin Timberlake and Eminem. I honestly don’t know what else to say other than she seems to jump on any given bandwagon when it’s convenient for her

    • Music has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Most of it is about materialism,sex,drugs and making money. There are a few underground conscious rappers that speak some truth. But they will never get the mainstream love from the masses. People are so starved for anything that resembles pro-blackness that will accept anyone at this point. That’s why people think Kendrick and Beyoncé are making such strong statements,when they’re really not. Like I said..style over substance.

      • Why does everything have to be about rappers?!! Black music is MORE than rap and if that’s the case we should be completely over all these black cooning and buffooning movies. No I’m not just talking about Tyler Perry but he’s another culprit. We need to stop being so damn selective in who we criticize.

    • @ nidotopianwarrior
      I agree with you 100%. The sound of black music started changing in the 80’s when its slowly pushing away from its roots. Furthermore I sometimes believe when disco came out it started the push to change the sound of black music too. Some black artist suffer during the disco era even Aretha Franklin was worried about could she live up to her title as the Queen of Soul because her album sales were suffering in the disco era. Also when the 80’s arrive many of the great soulful black artist from the 60’s & 70’s careers ended in the 80’s. If you pay attention to the black male artist with deep voices a lot them we didn’t have in the 80’s like we had during the 60’s & 70’s.

  3. Yeah music isn’t what it used to be. Redemption song was one of my favorite Bob Marley songs next to “I shot the sheriff” when I was a kid. Sadly, a lot of people don’t realize that Marley’s songs carry a lot of important and deep messages within his lyrics. Even as a kid, I noticed the deep meanings. 🙂 Of all the albums of I’ve heard, his best one is Survival. It was and remains unapologetically militant (we’re talking about old school, “My people first” or die militancy) and pro African. The song Zimbabwe and all the other songs hit the nail on the head talking about colonialism, not to fall for the traps and remain focus on the cause/goal, fight the system (financial, educational, racist,), mental slavery, etc. It’s certainly one album you will never hear played in any tribute to Marley or Reggae inspired restaurant or store even though it should.
    As for Beyonce, whenever I think of her I think of her unnecessarily long hair get caught in the big fan. That’s been my image of her ever since.

    Here’s the Bob Marley Survival album: Enjoy

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