Following in the footsteps of controversial tracks like “I Think I’m Noam Chomsky” and “I Think I’m Ben Bernake,” Sole, the underground anarchist Denver rapper, is back with “I Think I’m Emma Goldman.” The song, which will appear on Sole’s forthcoming release “No Wising Up, No Settling Down,” is by far the most biting in the series. Produced by DJ Pain-1, a beat-maker who has worked with the likes of Young Jeezy and Schoolboy Q, “Emma” aims to educate the masses on the 20th Century feminist and anarchist phenomenon.
Sole said that by working with DJ Pain-1 he wanted a track that would “bump in the club and on the battlefield,” and the two meet that goal with fervor. With lyrics that are pointedly anti-government and conformity, Sole’s verses speak directly to the ideological framework of anarchism. There are references to Gulag and the prison industrial complex and blind American allegiance.
Spitting with controlled vehemence, Sole raps that “God hates flags, God hates cops,” and goes on to list a litany of ways we could improve our living society. It closes with a clip from Emma Goldman herself rattling off anarchism’s denotation with eerie prescience. “No Wising Up, No Settling Down” will be released on May 1.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.