This week's post is a detour because I got less than 3 hours sleep last night... and we have 5 extra people staying at our place right now... and EVERY ONE of us is hustling to get Slingshot Hip Hop ready for it's world premiere at Sundance in less than a week. There's at least one reportback from the Womyn's Encuentro coming down the pipe tho. So in the meantime...
Enjoy this video by Brother Ali from the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers Crew as he breaks down, amongst other things, a great argument for tax resistance:
You don't give money to the bums
On the corner with a sign, bleeding from their gums
Talking about you don't support a crackhead
What you think happens to the money from yo taxes
Shit the governments an addict
With a billion dollar a week kill brown people habit
And even if you aint on the front line
When the master yell crunch time you right back at it
You aint look at how you hustling backwards
And the end of the year add up what they subtracted
3 outta twelve months your salary
Paid for that madness, man that's sadness
It should also be noted that Palestine's first breakout hip hop track was DAM's Meen Erhabi ("Who's the Terrorist?"). The beat for Meen Erhabi came from If I Was Santa Claus by Brother Ali's crewmates, Atmosphere...so here's big ups to all the Rhymesayers from all of us here at the Slingshot Hip Hop laboratory.