Gears of a Black Planet
By Kap Fulton
“Why are some of you walking around looking all mean, like that’s going to change something?” –Dick Gregory, Civil Rights Activist
The new video entitled FILM THE POLICE (B. Dolan feat. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, prod. Buddy Peace, Hon. Sage Francis) from Strange Famous Records is a revolutionary call to draw together two warring factions within the United States. Back in 1988, N.W.A. told the world, “Fuck tha police” with Dr. Dre’s powerfully angry beat. This updated, remixed version has a new message: not fuck the police, but film the police. Quick draw on the iPhone, snap a pic or video of a violent cop, then go and upload it. Or, as the new citizen journalists have discovered: stream it live.
The overall message of bringing a camera to a gun fight will certainly spark debate in terms of a tactical approach to revolution. It also begs the question: what is violence? Mainstream rap (as opposed to the culture of Hip Hop), with all it’s hyper-masculine, mean-mugging lyrics and imagery is often not very receptive to any type of lyrical message that is not raw (and angry). FILM THE POLICE is angry. It’s raw. But it’s not calling for the death of the cops. The message is a sign of the times: shine a light on the roaches and they scatter. No one cares where they go. Just stop acting out this perverted aggression on the public that you are sworn to protect. Stop dressing like a bastardized version of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. And stop trying to use your fancy repressive gadgets to justify your over-inflated budget. This global paradigm shift cannot be stopped by a sound cannon, a water hose, pepper spray, or a bunch of Spaceballs rejects on horseback. You’d have better luck shooting the sun out of the sky with a BB gun than stopping this movement with your fancy toys. And when the Earth starts to rumble, shooting at the ground isn’t going to stop what’s coming. But until then: FILM THE POLICE.
Dick Gregory, in the speech quoted above, goes on to explain that the cops know how to deal with anger directed at them. They know how to deal with a fight. But what they can’t deal with is a smiling face. They don’t know what to do when people are kind to them. When those positive vibes of a peaceful protest are flowing, the cops are subdued. There is nothing they can do. They can stand there. They can direct the crowd into a bad situation. But they can’t win because they can’t control that energy. Unfortunately, they try. You can join us, or not. But if you try to stop this movement… we see you, and so will the rest of the world. We will not tolerate your abuse anymore.
As KRS-ONE teaches: “Violence is natural. Peace is Supernatural.” There’s something that comes over people when marching. Whether it’s the courage of angry Earthlings, or the voice of the oppressed mind, it cannot be harnessed. It cannot be calculated. And, most certainly, it cannot be tear-gassed, put in a chokehold, or infiltrated (but it’s cute that they try).
The “Film the Police” message acts as an olive-branch between oppressed people all over the world screaming “no more!” and those Americans still unsure about questioning authority while pleading “respect the cops, man.”
We’re not going to take it. But, at the same time, we’re not giving you the bloody battle that gets you off. Thanks to the Strange Famous Family for bringing this very timely message to the masses. The release of FILM THE POLICE coincides with KRS-ONE’s brilliant new cipher entitled Aztechnical (prd. Mad Lion):
These excellent edutainment videos complement each other and, no doubt, will be remembered within the inner city of Hip Hop Kulture.[Kap Fulton writes about sports, bullies, and revolution. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org]