The Occupy Wall Street movement brought back retrospective memories of America’s willingness to protest The Man, and inspired a killer new album! Since 1969, these kinds of movements have always seemed to attract the most premier musicians and artists willing to exercise their rights. Now a global phenomena, it’s about time Occupy Wall Street put out an album to nail it’s legacy into the coffin of history—if it ever becomes history…
Before the forced removal of the movement from Zucccotti Park, Occupy sites were found in over 951 cities and eighty-three countries around the globe. In addition, it raised hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of support and made the presidential candidates at least act like they recognize and sympathize with the 99%. Jason Samuel, a musician and active participant, is working to release Occupy This Album. Due this winter, the album’s goal to benefit the cause by raising between $1 and $2 million. Despite last week’s upset, the money raised will help the movement originally based in Zuccotti Park, as well as the non-profit, Alliance for Global Justice.
Occupy This Album is expected to contain a mixture of live and studio recordings. According to Samuel, the album’s initial release will be digital. Unfortunately for you old-school rebels, the physical CD release date remains unknown. But, with such a talented line up, waiting for the CD version seems crazy—so be impulsive and just grab the digital version. Now, let’s check out who is on the album meant to fight income inequality. Trust me, it’s big.
Occupy This Album‘s Artist Roster:
Look around, and it’s starting to look more and more like the sixties than the new millennium. People are protesting about everything from the war, poverty, joblessness, race relations, civil rights, health care, abortion and education. The political and social blast from the past touches all aspects of daily life, but one component has yet to rise to the occasion. Where’s the music? In the sixties, countless artists like Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye and The Beatles provided the soundtrack to a revolution. Who will be our hip hop heroes? At the moment, a handful of heavyweights have stepped in; carving out a road map for others to follow. While some use the microphone to deliver a message, others are pushing their values in other ways. Lupe Fiasco: Lupe was one of the first artists to get in on the Occupy Wall Street action, joining the protest in its first week. He sparked national controversy with his comments about President Obama earlier this year (link to ‘Words I Never Said/lupe piece) and has continued to voice his concerns while empowering others to do the same. “We’re a society based on consumerism…We blur our own lines between what we need and what we want,” he said at the protest. “For me it’s about critical thinking and being critical about everything that’s going on around you.” Lupe has demanded the truth behind the 9/11 attacks for years, and adds it to his list of demands to the government. “Millions of people have died behind that,” Lupe told We Are Change. “For the sake of what? For the price of what? What really happened to cause millions and millions of people to die? If it was just a terrorist attack, then so be it. Let that be known. Let that be out and vetted so the public can see it. And I think [the US] would get more support. I think you would get more support from Muslim countries if it was just a more open and honest kind of thing instead of this kind of cloudy, mysterious, behind-the-scenes kind of operation.”Lupe is one of the few emcees who have taken is gripes to the mic, releasing the politically-charged single, “Words I Never Said” on his latest album, Lasers. His powerful performance of the song at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards (link to: BET AWARDS) made an even bigger impact with help of Erykah Badu.
Talib Kweli: Talib Kweli turned up at Occupy Wall Street after being invited by CitizenRadio, a politically-charged podcast by comic Jamie Kilstein and journalist Allison Kilkenny. Kilstein prepped the crowd for Kweli’s appearance, noting “first cameras came to mock you, now they can’t fucking ignore you.”