I’m not a political guy, however I do respect people’s rights to protest, freedom of speech, right to assembly, and for someone to stand up for what they think is right. Sometimes when a revolution or movement happens and is in it’s infancy, there may not be a clear leader or a structured manifesto yet, but you can feel the world changing around you. As a New Yorker, for the last two months plus I have seen something not just happening here in NYC, but all over the world. People are standing up for things they believe in, and the world is noticing.
As with movements, there will be some bad apples that spoil the bunch, jump on the band wagon, and give it a bad name. That’s to be expected. Last Thursday I watched raw footage all day of thousands of people that took the streets, stopped traffic, and made their voice heard. I may not agree with everything people do, but I do respect and agree with the freedom of speech, and it’s what gave me the idea for this mix. Here are a handful of songs that I feel could be the soundtrack to a revolution. These artists talked of power, greed, corruption, and the resistance against it. The world is changing right in front of our eyes people . If you sit idle and get walked over, you have no voice, and will get lost in the shuffle. Stand up and be heard, not matter what cause or percent you are. Gil Scott-Heron said the revolution would not be televised, but Smoove said it would be televised, and he was right. Last week was proof. Enjoy.
Rise Up! Soundtrack To A Revolution: The Ace Hotel Live Mix Nine Track List
Dead Prez – Propaganda
Gil Scott-Heron- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Baby Huey – Hard Times
The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money
Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothin’
NWA – Express Yourself
Above The Law – Freedom of Speech
War – War Is Coming
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
The Coup – Fat Cats and Bigga Fish
Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves
Bob Marley/ Damian Marley – Stand Up Jamrock (Ashley Beedle Edit)
Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man
Fela Kuti and Nigeria ’70 – Zombie
Smoove – The Revolution Will Be Televised
Meatbeat Manifesto – 99%
Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution Outro
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