Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Find No Enemy by Akala

A friend of mine drew my attention to this rap artist after seeing him at the Larmer Tree Festival this weekend. It makes a nice change to hear rap music that is thought-provoking and not just about sex, guns and cars. The title of Akala's third album, DoubleThink, is taken from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Here are a selection of his lyrics:
And the working class keep them uneducated, truly educated man could never be a racist, to educate is to draw out what is within, are we not all the same under the skin?

And I judge everybody else by the colour of their skin or the size of their wealth, but it's not good for my health as the only one I ever really judge is myself.

If I'm honest, I am just tired, tired of every day filling up my car and knowing that I'm paying for the bombs in Iraq.

The tables will turn, we cannot stall them, every empire on this Earth has fallen, so unless we can find another way, maybe not today but it will come one-day.

I wake everyday and am overwhelmed just to be alive and be like no one else, and the sheer weight of the thought of space is enough to keep my little ego in place.

All that we chase and try to replace, all along it was right in our face, the only way we can ever change anything is to look in the mirror and to find no enemy.