Last week, we let you know about the Denver hip-hop project providing the soundtrack to our city’s Occupy movement. The collaboration brings together a number of intelligent artists — including Molina, Albuquerque’s Diles, New York’s DJ Icewater, Mane Rok, Dyalekt, Jonny 5 of Flobots, Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp, Es Nine of Prime Element and more — to connect the Occupy movement to the ongoing struggles of people of color in the US. Today, Steal This Track and Reverb are proud to give the project’s third track, “Occupy,” its exclusive premiere. Read on and steal it for yourself.
Molina has never been an artist to shy away from charged material, and “Occupy” is no different. Over DJ Icewater’s soulful beat — equal parts Curtis Mayfield and Carlos Santana — the articulate MC spits a call to action that’s hard to ignore. Next up — and perhaps most remarkably — Isis Speaks adds a strong female voice to the conversation. Women are often no more than bit players in hip-hop, so the inclusion of the female MC is, in itself, a political act that reminds listeners that sexism is also part of the Occupy discussion. Finally, Bravo One of One Eyed Kings matches his collaborators’ intensity with rhymes that strike a delicate balance between anger and sadness, deftly conveying the mixed emotions of the 99 percent.
Steal this incendiary track exclusively from Steal This Track and Reverb, then let us know what you think about it in the comments below.
You can also pick up the previous two releases in the Occupy Denver series.
“Stacks of Bills,” featuring Molina and Diles, is available for any price you might want to name here.
The Locker Partners’ video for “99th Problem” featuring Mane Rok, Dyalekt, Bravo One, Aja Black, Jonny 5, Kalyn Heffernan and Es Nine, can be found right here on Reverb. Click here to watch it.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.