Dr Cornel West & BMWMB - Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations

2007-11-23 16:50
Okay, maybe his delivery doesn’t equal that of Jay-Z or Kanye, but his words, laid over funky beats of jazz, soul and hip-hop, are poetic and intellectual. West doesn’t have to be the best emcee in the world; after all he has a tag team of some of the best in the game. From superb rappers KRS One, Talib Kweli, Andre 3000 (Outkast), Rah Digga and Black Thought (the Roots) to R&B talents Jill Scott, Gerald Levert, Dave Hollister to musical legend Prince.

His music tackles racism, slavery, Bush, the war, Bush, social ills and more. This album also has a few surprises. Like a 12-minute groovy jazz track of a news talk show discussion on the N-word hosted by Tavis Smiley. Another experimental track “Mr. President” (featuring KRS-1 and M-1) has a looped sound of a gun clocking and ends with a single gun shot – from the song’s lyrics it’s obviously aimed at George junior.

If this CD reaches the kid on the street wearing hanging jeans, a do-rag, Tims and wifebeaters, then Dr. West will have done his job of conscientising a nation dumbed down by a man who shares his name with a worthless coin.

- Nomfundo H. Mbaba+Tshabalala

PS: BMWMB stands for Black Men Who Mean Business.

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There are haters who dog Dr. Cornel West for his controversially thin academic work. But they can’t say shit about his music career. Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations is a socio-political dissertation that will shut-up his worst dissers.

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